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Warm Spirits For Winter Nights

A creamy cocktail in a stemmed glass with bottles of syrup, nocino and rum behind it.

A dusting of freshly ground nutmeg over one half of the cocktail makes for a simple yet strikin garnish. (Kayte Young/WFIU)

This week on Earth Eats we hope to get you into the holiday spirit with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a walnut liqueur. Earth Eats visits Cardinal Spirits on bottling day, and then we join Scott Lowe for a winter cocktail recipe.

Cardinal Spirits is a craft distillery in Bloomington Indiana. Nocino is one of their festive winter spirits. We spoke with co-founder Adam Quirk and several other members of the Cardinal team, in the Fall of 2018 about the process behind the liqueur.

I returned to Cardinal this fall, and Scott Lowe shared a Nocino cocktail recipe with me (see below).

Here's another Nocino recipe, from Chris Resnick.


Music on this episode from Actual Figures, and from Universal Production Music.

The Earth Eats’ theme music is composed by Erin Tobey and performed by Erin and Matt Tobey.

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Close up of creamy cocktail with nutmeg dusted on half of the surface.

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