Looking for an Amazing Cocktail?

Welcome to the North Shore Cocktail Repository, home to a wide variety of fantastic concoctions. For each of our spirits, we have listed our favorite simple, classic and seasonal cocktails. Many are easy, but a few are more advanced. Try something new and find inspiration here.

  • North Shore Vodka
  • Sol Chamomile Citrus
  • Distiller's Gin No. 6
  • Distiller's Gin No. 11
  • Aquavit-Private Reserve
  • Sirène Absinthe Verte
  • Housemade Ingredients

Fantastic North Shore Vodka Cocktails

Our vodka is great on its own, and it makes amazing mixed drinks. Why not try one of these?

Simple and Elegant
Classic Cocktails
Seasonal or Advanced
North Shore on the Rocks
2½ oz North Shore Vodka

Fill glass with ice; add vodka. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel or wedge of lime.
Moscow Mule
History: Created in the 1940’s, taught Americans how to drink vodka. Originally served in a copper mug.

2 oz North Shore Vodka
½ a lime
Ginger Beer

Fill tall glass with ice. Press lime into glass, and drop lime half into glass. Add vodka, and top with ginger beer. Stir quickly with bar spoon.

Spiced Apple Sparkler
1½ oz North Shore Vodka
1/2½ oz Fresh Lemon
½ oz Spiced Apple Syrup (see Housemade Ingredients tab)
2 oz Sparkling Hard Cider (Dry)

Shake first three ingredients with ice, strain into champagne flute or coupe glass. Top with 2 oz hard cider, and garnish with apple slice.

Dirty Vodka Martini
3 oz North Shore Vodka
1/3 oz Dry Vermouth
1 tsp+ olive juice (to taste)

Stir with ice, strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with blue cheese stuffed olives.

(Pretend it's) Summer in Paris
History: modeled after the classic sour recipe, this one incorporates some new ingredients for a delicious cocktail.

2 oz North Shore Vodka
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz Elderflower Cordial or Liqueur
¼ oz Blackberry Preserves

Shake ingredients with ice; strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist or edible flower.

Chai Fizz
2 oz North Shore Vodka
3/4 oz Chai Tea Simple Syrup
(see Housemade Ingredients Tab)
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Egg White

Combined ingredients and shake without ice, then thoroughly with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with dash of ground cinnamon and/or swath of lemon peel.

Vodka + Apple
2 oz North Shore Vodka
2 oz Good Apple Juice

Combine ingredients over ice; stir. Top with dash of ground cinnamon.

The Vesper
History: ordered by James Bond in Casino Royale, and named for his lady friend

3 oz Distiller's Gin No. 11
1 oz North Shore Vodka
½ oz Lillet Blanc

Shake ingredients with ice; strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with large swath of lemon peel.
Holiday Collins
1½ oz North Shore Vodka
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Cranberry Ginger Simple
(see Housemade Ingredients tab)
Club Soda

Combine first three ingredients in a Collins glass, fill with ice. Top with soda, stir briefly. Garnish with a lemon curl or skewer of cranberries.
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Deliciously Different Sol Cocktails

Our newest spirit, Sol, is wonderful on it's own, but it makes amazing mixed drinks too. Why not try one of these fantastic ones today?

Simple and Elegant
Classic Cocktails
Seasonal or Advanced
Sol on the Rocks
2½ oz Sol Chamomile Citrus

Fill glass with ice; add Sol. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel or wedge of orange . If you're feeling fancy, top it with club soda, tonic water or even cola.
Sol 76
History: this is a riff on the French 75, a classic gin drink named for a weapon that travels lightly but packs a big punch.

1½ oz Sol Chamomile Citrus
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup (or Ginger syrup - see Housemade Ingredients tab)
2 oz Dry Sparkling Wine

Shake first three ingredients with ice; strain into chilled champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine, and garnish with a lemon curl..
Violet Fizz
1½ oz Sol Chamomile Citrus
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Creme de Violette
¼ oz Simple Syrup
Club Soda

Shake first four ingredients well with ice; strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a fresh violet, if available, or lemon curl.

Sol Gimlet
2 oz Sol Chamomile Citrus
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
¾ oz Honey Syrup (2:1)

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into ice-filled glass or chilled coupe. Garnish with fresh lime wedge.

Negroni with Sol
History: this Italian drink was named for a count, who asked for an Americano with a shot of gin in it. Traditionally a gin drink, it's delicious with Sol.

2 oz Sol
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Aperol

Stir ingredients with ice, strain into chilled glass. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.

Winter Solstice
1 1/2 oz Sol Chamomile Citrus
1/2 oz Spiced Honey Syrup
(see Housemade Ingredients tab)
6 oz Lemon Zinger tea

Add Sol and honey to a mug, top with brewed tea (or brew it on a Keurig!). Stir, and garnish with a slice of fresh lemon. Enjoy!

Sol Cosmopolitan
Our favorite version of the well-known drink.

1½ oz Sol Chamomile Citrus
¾ oz Triple Sec
1 oz Cranberry Juice
¼ oz Fresh Lime Juice

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled cocktailg lass. Garnish with a twist of fresh orange peel or a lime wedge.

White Lady
History: Popular since the 1930's, and developed in the 1920's in Europe. Two men named Harry claim it, and there are several other "lady" drinks.

2 oz Sol Chamomile Citrus
½ oz Cointreau
½ oz lemon juice
1 egg white

Shake ingredients well without ice first, then add ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into chilled coupe glass. Garnish with fresh lemon or orange peel.

Eden's Prayer
1½ oz Sol Chamomile Citrus
1½ oz Pomegranate Juice
¾ oz Orange Liqueur
¼ oz Fresh Lime Juice

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

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Distiller's Gin No. 6 Makes Amazing Cocktails

Aside from the classic martini, here are some other great drinks that highlight the versatility and complexity of Distiller's Gin No. 6. Most of these are from mixologist friends, or from classic cocktail books. Enjoy!

Simple and Elegant
Classic Cocktails
Seasonal or Advanced
Classic Martini
3 oz Distiller's Gin No. 6 (or 11)
½ oz Dry Vermouth
Dash of Orange Bitters

Can't go wrong with this elegant classic. We with either swirl the glass with vermouth, or sometimes put into our mixing glass. Stir with ice, or shake if you prefer, and strain into your chilled glass. Garnish with blue cheese stuffed olives or a twist, or maybe a spicy pickled green bean if you're in the mood.

The Bebbo Cocktail
History: Saved from extinction by Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails, this classic was invented in the 1920’s.

1½ oz Distiller's Gin No. 6
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Honey
¼ oz Fresh Orange Juice
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir the ingredients in a shaker (no ice) until the honey dissolves. Add ice, shake & strain into glass. Garnish with a cocktail cherry.

Pear Sparkler
¾ oz Distiller's Gin No. 6
1½ oz Pear Puree
Dry Sparkling Wine
Fresh Rosemary

Shake gin and pear puree with a sprig of rosemary and ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with additional sprig of rosemary.

Fresh Lime Gimlet
2 oz Gin (Distiller’s Gin No. 6)
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
¾ oz Simple Syrup (1:1 ratio)

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge.

*Thai Gimlet - use Lemongrass Simple Syrup instead of plain.

*Malabar Gimlet - use Cardamom Simple Syrup instead of plain.

Lavender Collins
History: a variation on the classic Tom Collins, one of the great old cocktails from the late 1800's

1½ oz Distiller's Gin No. 6
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Lavender Simple Syrup
(see Housemade Ingredients tab)
Club Soda

Add gin, lemon juice and syrup to a Collins glass, stir. Add ice and top with soda; stir again briefly. Garnish with fresh sprig of lavender or a lemon curl.

Cranberry Gimlet
2 oz Distiller's Gin No. 6
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz Cranberry Ginger Syrup
(see Housemade Ingredients tab)

Shake ingredients over ice, strain into chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, a lime wedge, or a skewer of cranberries.

Ginger G&T
2 oz Distiller's Gin No. 6
¼-½ oz Ginger Simple Syrup, to taste
(see Housemade Ingredients tab)
Tonic Water

In a rocks glass, add gin and syrup, then add ice, and top with tonic. Garnish with a lime wedge or a piece of fresh ginger root, or both.

No. 6 Smash
History: our take on a classic gin smash, from one of the earliest cocktail books

2 oz Distiller's Gin No. 6
½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
3-4 Fresh Mint Leaves

Muddle mint leaves and simple syrup, then add lemon juice and gin. Shake well with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or additional sprig of mint, or both.

Spiced Flip
2 oz Distiller’s Gin No. 6
½ oz Orange Curaçao
1 oz Fresh Orange Juice
1 Whole Egg
Dash of Ground Cinnamon

Shake ingredients well, without ice, then add ice and shake hard. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, garnish with dash of fresh cinnamon.

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Distiller's Gin No. 11 Makes Great Classic Cocktails

Aside from the classic dry martini, or mixed with tonic, our No. 11 works incredibly well in a variety of cocktails. Here are a few of our current favorites.

Simple and Elegant
Classic Cocktails
Seasonal or Advanced

Classic Martini
3 oz Distiller's Gin No. 11
½ oz Dry Vermouth
Dash of Orange Bitters

Can't go wrong with this elegant classic. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass or martini pitcher with ice; stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with blue cheese olives or a twist.

Pink Gin
History: popular primarily in Britain in the late 1800's, both boozy and warming

2 oz Distiller's Gin No. 11
Angostura Bitters

Add a few dashes of bitters to a rocks glass; swirl to coat, discard any excess. British style: add the gin to the glass and enjoy. American style: stir the gin with ice, strain into prepared glass.

Ernest's Advice
1½ oz Distiller's Gin No. 11
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz Fennel Simple Syrup
Sparkling Wine
Spritzer of Sirène Absinthe Verte

In a shaker, combine gin, lemon juice and fennel syrup. Add ice and shake well. Strain into chasmpagne flute and top with sparkling wine, then spritz one pump of absinthe over the top. Garnish with a lemon curl.

Gin & Tonic
2 oz Distiller's Gin No. 11
3 oz Good Tonic Water (Fever Tree, Fentimans and Q are our favorites)

Fill glass with ice; add gin and tonic water, stir. Garnish with fresh lemon twist or lime wedge.

Last Word
History: a Prohibition-era classic, with a complex, heady aroma and flavor

¾ oz Distiller's Gin No. 11
¾ oz green Chartreuse
¾ oz Maraschino Liqueur
¾ oz Fresh Lime Juice

Shake ingredients with ice; strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

No. 11 Clipper
History: adapted from the old China Clipper recipe, from the 1920's

1½ oz Distiller's Gin No. 11
½ oz Dry Vermouth
1 dash Fresh Orange Juice
2 dashes Orange Bitters

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist.

Grapefruit Gimlet
2 oz Distiller's Gin No. 11
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
¾-1 oz Simple Syrup (to taste)

Shake ingredients with ice; strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with swath of grapefruit peel.

Fancy Gin Cocktail
History: adapted from a recipe by the same name in the first cocktail book, which was by Jerry Thomas

2 oz Distiller’s Gin No. 11
1 bar spoon simple syrup
1 bar spoon orange liqueur
Swath of lemon peel
Dash of orange bitters

Muddle peel with syrup, liqueur and bitters. Add Gin, then ice, and stir well. Serve.

Grapemary Fizz
2 oz Distiller's Gin No. 11
1 oz Jo Snow Grapefruit Rosemary Syrup
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Club Soda

Shake first three ingredients with ice; strain into ice-filled Collins glass. Top with soda, stir briefly. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

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Aquavit Private Reserve - an Incredible Cocktail Ingredient

Although its a nontraditional way to use it, we really enjoy using Aquavit Private Reserve in cocktails. Its great with other savory flavors, like tomato or ginger. Try these when you're looking for a new cocktail adventure.

Simple and Elegant
Classic Cocktails
Seasonal or Advanced

Chilled Aquavit
Store your bottle of Aquavit - Private Reserve in the freezer, and store a small, thin glass along with it. When desired, fill the glass with aquavit, and enjoy.

This is the tradition in Sweden and Denmark. Our aquavit can also be enjoyed neat or shaken with ice.

The Midnight Sun
History: From the late 1800's, though rarely known. Suggested by Bobby Heugel at Drink Dogma

1½ oz Aquavit-Private Reserve
½ oz Grapefruit Juice
½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ tsp Sugar
¼ oz Grenadine

Shake all ingredients over ice, strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with orange slice.

Swedish Collins
2 oz Aquavit - Private Reserve
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Apple Cassis Tea Syrup
(see Housemade Ingredients tab)
Club Soda

Shake first three ingredients with ice, strain into ice-filled Collins glass. Top with soda and stir briefly; garnish with a lemon twist.

Spiced Mule
2 oz Aquavit - Private Reserve
1/2 Lime
Ginger Beer

Squeeze half of lime into tall glass; add aquavit. Fill with ice, top
with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge.

Nordic Old Fashioned
History: Adapted from the classic Old Fashioned, with just a slight twist.

2 oz Aquavit - Private Reserve
¼ oz Demerara (or plain) Simple Syrup
A few dashes of Angostura bitters
Swath of grapefruit peel

Muddle peel, bitters, and syrup in an old-fashioned glass. Add aquavit and fill with ice. Stir well with bar spoon, then serve.

Swedish Apple Sparkler
1 1/2 oz Aquavit - Private Reserve
1/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Honey Syrup or Ginger Syrup
(see Housemade Ingredients tab)
2 oz Dry Sparkling Hard Cider

Shake first three ingredients with ice; strain into a coupe glass. Top with chilled cider, garnish with a slice of fresh apple or a dash of ground cinnamon.

Swedish Mary
2 oz Aquavit-Private Reserve
3-4 oz Bloody Mary Mix (your favorite one, or housemade)

Combine ingredients over ice, stir well. Garnish with a sprig of dill or your favorite Bloody Mary garnish.

 

Sailor Mercury
History: this is a variation on a classic formula, for the Sidecar as well as the White Lady, using aquavit.

2 oz Aquavit-Private Reserve
1 oz Cointreau
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

Shake ingredients with ice; strain into cocktail glass or coupe glass. Garnish with orange wheel.

East Meets West
1½ oz Aquavit-Private Reserve
2 oz Coconut Water
1 oz Spiced Honey Syrup
(see Housemade Ingredients tab)
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with cinnamon stick or dash of ground cinnamon.

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Favorite Recipes using Sirène Absinthe Verte

Sirène is delightful with a traditional absinthe water drip, or with the simple addition of chilled water (sugar cube optional). We recommend a ratio of 3:1 water to absinthe. It's also an intriguing cocktail ingredient, adding depth and complexity. Here are some of our favorite recipes using our newest creation.

Simple and Elegant
Classic Cocktails
Seasonal or Advanced

Traditional Absinthe Drip
1 1/2 oz Sirène Absinthe Verte
3 1/2 oz Chilled Water (in a carafe or absinthe fountain), to taste

Pour absinthe into glass. If desired, place absinthe spoon over glass, and place one sugar cube on the spoon. Slowly add the water, pouring over the sugar cube to dissolve it (if using). If adding sugar, stir the mixture after adding the water.

Dixie Cocktail
History: First published in 1916, and popular in New Orleans.

¾ oz Distiller's Gin No. 6
½ oz Sirène Absinthe Verte
½ oz Dry Vermouth (Vya)
2 dashes Grenadine
1 oz fresh Orange Juice

Shake all ingredients well with ice, strain into a small cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist. This is a very old cocktail (and a potent one), but it's great.

Parisian Mule
1 oz Sirène Absinthe Verte
1 oz Orgeat
½ oz Orange Curacao
1/2 a lime, cut into wedges
Ginger Beer

Muddle lime wedges in glass. Add absinthe, orgeat and liqueur. Fill with crushed ice, then top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge.


Absinthe Frappe
1½ oz Sirène Absinthe Verte
½ oz Simple Syrup (to taste)
2-3 oz Cold Water

Fill highball glass with crushed ice. Add drink ingredients, then stir to combine.

Sazerac
History: One of the oldest cocktails, created in New Orleans in the 1830's.

2 oz. Rye Whiskey
¼ oz. Simple Syrup
4 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters (optional)
¼ oz. Sirène Absinthe Verte

In a mixing glass filled 3/4 with ice, add whiskey, simple syrup, and bitters. Stir well. Coat the inside of a chilled rocks glass with absinthe, discard excess. Strain the cocktail into the glass. Twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink, and then discard it.

New Orleanian
1½ oz Aged Rum
½ oz Sirène Absinthe Verte
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
1 oz Pineapple Juice
Club Soda
3 dashes Peychaud's bitters

Combine first five ingredients in shaker with ice; shake and strain into a high ball glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of club soda, then add bitters to create red accent on top and add aromatics.

The Butterfly and the Tank
by JT Robertson at Marion Street Cheese Market
1/2 oz Sirène Absinthe Verte
1 Unbleached Sugar Cube
4 oz Moscato d'Asti
Pour absinthe into champagne flute; add sugar cube. Top with Moscato.

The Monkey Gland
History: Created at Harry's American Bar in Paris during Prohibition, and named for a popular medical procedure.

1½ oz Distiller's Gin No. 6
1½ oz fresh Orange Juice
1 tsp Grenadine
1 tsp Sirène Absinthe Verte

Shake all ingredients well with ice, strain into a small cocktail glass.

Sirène-i-Tea
1 oz Sirène Absinthe Verte
1½ oz Cranberry Juice
¾ oz Spiced Honey Syrup
¼ oz Fresh Lemon Juice

Combine ingredients in a mug. Top with very hot water. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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Housemade Ingredients

Sometimes, our recipes call for ingredients you can't buy in any store. Most of the time, they're easy to make, and they'll definitely make your drinks better. Here are the recipes for syrups and other homemade ingredients we often use.

Simple Syrup
1½ cup white sugar
1 cup water

If you're using it right away, you can simply shake them together until the sugar dissolves. - use warm water.

If you plan to keep the syrup for any period of time, heat them on the stove together, stirring often, and simmer for 5 minutes. Cool completely, then store in the refrigerator up to 1 month. If infusing, strain out the solids before storing in the fridge.

Simple Variations
Lemongrass - add 1 tbsp dried or 2 stalks fresh, cut into slices
Cardamom - add 1 tbsp cardamom seeds (outside the pod) or 1 tsp ground cardamom
Fennel - add 1 tbsp fennel seeds, or 1 tsp ground fennel
Lavender - add 1 tbsp dried lavender blossoms
Ginger - add 4-5" of fresh ginger root, roughly peeled & sliced 1/4" thick
Brown Sugar - use light brown sugar instead of white sugar
Demerara - use Demerara sugar

Cranberry Ginger Syrup
1½ cup white sugar
1 cup water
1 cup of fresh cranberries
2-3" fresh ginger root, roughly peeled and sliced

Combine ingredients in a saucepan, stir well. Bring to a simmer, stirring often. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, mashing cranberries with a potato masher occasionally. Remove from heat, and mash once more. Cool completely, then mash again and strain out the solids. Store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Tea Syrups
To make a tea-infused syrup, brew the tea first, and then add sugar to make it a syrup. Brewing times vary depending on the type of tea being used - follow brewing instructions for tea, and adjust from there.

Basic Recipe
1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
2-8 tea bags of desired tea type

Heat water to boiling. Remove from heat and steep tea according to the tea's brewing time recommendation. Remove tea bags, then add sugar, stir well and bring to a low simmer, stirring often. Simmer for 1 minute, then remove from heat and cool completely. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month .

Some of the types of tea we've used:

Earl Grey - 3-4 tea bags
Chai Tea - 8 bags
Julius Meinl Apple Cassis - 2 bags
Chamomile - 2 bags
Green Tea - varies based on type

 

Honey Syrup
1 cup honey
1/2 cup water

Heat in a saucepan, stirring often to dissolve honey. Once honey has fully dissolved with the water (usually just before boiling), remove from heat. Allow to cool completely, then store in clean glass jar in the refrigerator.


Spiced Honey Syrup
Add 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground cardamom, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, if available, and a dash of ground allspice; simmer lightly for a few minutes to infuse before cooling.

Brandied Cherries
1 pound dark, sweet cherries, pitted
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
1 oz fresh lemon juice
¾ cup brandy
(also delicious with bourbon)
Cinnamon stick
Ground cardamom

Combine the sugar, water, lemon juice, a dash of cardamom, and the cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Add cherries, and simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cool for a few minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and stir in the brandy. Cool completely, then store in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Cherries will keep for several months, as long as they are fully covered by the liquid.

Spiced Apple Syrup
1½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cooking apple, peeled & diced
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
dash ground clove
1/8 tsp ground allspice

Put sugar in a pot, add diced apple. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Add sugar and spices, simmer for 15 minutes. Cool completely, then strain out solids. Syrup will keep in the refrigerator for 1 month.

Keep the apple chunks if desired, they will be delicious on a waffle!

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