Grown-Up Shirley Temple

Grown-Up Shirley Temple

The zero-proof Shirley Temple has many variations, but ultimately it’s reputation as a cloyingly sweet pink drink made exclusively for kids prevails across each one.

In this recipe, we’ve updated the classic for kids AND kids at heart. We’ve eliminated the sugary soda, upped the acidity, and added a bitter element all while keeping the original flavor profile front and center.

Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the cherries!

Grown-Up Shirley Temple Recipe:

.75 oz grenadine

.5 oz lime juice

4.25 oz Top Note Club Soda No. 1

2.5 oz Top Note Bitter Lemon Tonic Water

1 tsp maraschino cherry juice

Garnish: maraschino cherries

Stir all ingredients together in a glass filled with ice and garnish.

Gin Pear Collins

Gin Pear Collins

Celebrate the bounty of fall produce with this delicately refreshing highball.

Gin Pear Collins Recipe:

1.5 oz gin

2 oz pear juice (or pear purée)

.5 oz lemon juice

3 oz Top Note Club Soda No. 1

Garnish: fresh rosemary and citrus peel

Add all ingredients except Club Soda to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled glass and top with Club Soda. Stir and garnish.

Wonderful Times

Wonderful Times

We might be celebrating the holidays a bit differently this year, but one thing we’re grateful for every year is holiday cocktails!

Last year we spotted a cocktail called "Wonderful Times" by Clay Kirkland of Wisecraft Mixology, featuring vodka infused with seasonal spices, tart cranberry juice, and our very own club soda. We've been waiting for the holiday season to come around again so we could make a version for ourselves and we love it so much that we just had to share. Here's to the social media movers, shakers and mixologists making this season a bit brighter!

Wonderful Times Recipe:

2 oz spiced vodka*

.5 oz orange liqueur

1.5 oz unsweetened cranberry juice

.5 oz lime juice

1 oz simple syrup

Top Note Club Soda No. 1, to top

Garnish: cranberries and rosemary

Shake all ingredients except Club Soda with ice, then strain into a glass filled with fresh ice. Top with Club Soda, stir, and garnish.

*Spiced Vodka: add 2 crushed cardamom pods and 2 tsp whole cloves to a jar and top with 8 oz vodka. Let steep for 2 days, then strain out the spices and enjoy.



The Transfusion is a golf club staple, but even if you’ve never picked up a golf club, this recipe makes for a uniquely delicious way to transition into cold-weather cocktails. If you don’t happen to have Concord grapes on hand, red or black grapes can be substituted, and Concord grape juice can be found at most major grocers. For a spirit-free version, just leave out the vodka!

Transfusion Recipe:

2 oz vodka

.5 oz Ginger Beer reduction*

.5 oz lime juice

2 oz Top Note Club Soda No. 1

Concord grape juice ice cubes**

Garnish: fresh Concord grapes and crystallized ginger

Combine all ingredients except the Club Soda in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over Concord grape juice ice cubes. Top with club soda, stir, and garnish.

*Ginger Beer Reduction: Pour an 8.5 oz bottle of Top Note Ginger Beer into a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes or until reduced by half. Remove from heat and let cool. Keep refrigerated.

**Concord Grape Juice Ice Cubes: Pour Concord grape juice into an ice cube tray and freeze for at least 8 hours.

Cran-Apple Gin Pitcher Cocktail

Cran-Apple Gin Pitcher Cocktail

Entertaining guests can be stressful enough without also needing to play bartender. Why not make it easier on yourself with a pitcher cocktail?

Cran-Apple Gin Pitcher Cocktail Recipe:

5 oz barrel-aged gin

4 oz apple cider

2 oz cranberry liqueur

2 oz lemon juice

1 - 8.5 oz bottle Top Note Club Soda No. 1

Garnish: fresh herbs and citrus, optional

Stir all ingredients together in a pitcher. Serve over ice and garnish if desired. Serves 3-4.

Citrus & Honey Vodka Club

Citrus & Honey Vodka Club

This simple and bright riff on the classic Vodka Club is super refreshing in the summer heat.

Citrus & Honey Vodka Club Recipe:

2 oz Great Lakes Distillery Rehorst Citrus & Honey Vodka

4 oz Top Note Club Soda No. 1

Squeeze of citrus, optional


Garnish: expressed lemon peel

Stir ingredients together in a highball glass with ice and garnish.

Gin Rickey

Gin Rickey

This classic cocktail dates back to the turn of the 20th century. Enjoy on a hot hot day!

Gin Rickey Recipe:

2 oz gin

.5 oz lime juice

Top Note Club Soda No. 1, to top

Garnish: lime wedge

Stir ingredients together in an ice-filled highball glass and garnish.

Japanese Whisky Highball

Japanese Whisky Highball

Cocktails don't get much simpler than this, but the success of the Japanese Whisky Highball lies in its preparation and ingredients.

First, chill your glassware. You can use a classic highball glass, a beer mug or whatever you have on hand... just make sure it's cold. As for the whisky, a good-quality blend works great (we love Suntory Toki).

Refreshing and lower-proof, these taste great on a hot afternoon. Careful, they go down fast!

Japanese Whisky Highball Recipe:

1.5 oz Japanese Whisky

5 oz Top Note Club Soda No. 1

Garnish: expressed lemon peel, optional

Pour whisky into your chilled glass, then add ice. Pour the Club Soda down the side of the glass, avoiding the ice as much as possible. Garnish if desired.

Spirit-Free Mule

Spirit-Free Mule

Spirit-free but full of flavor, try this non-alcoholic recipe the next time you're in the mood for a drink with a kick!

Spirit-Free Mule Recipe:

.5 oz lime juice

.5 oz Royal Rose Ginger Lime Syrup

5 oz Top Note Ginger Beer

1 oz Top Note Club Soda No. 1

Garnish: lime wedge

Stir all ingredients together in an ice-filled rocks glass or Mule mug and garnish.

Cran-Apple Ginger Spritz

Cran-Apple Ginger Spritz

This festive low-ABV spritz will carry you through a night of merriment without leaving you with a headache the next day.

Cran-Apple Ginger Spritz Recipe:

4 fresh cranberries

1 slice fresh ginger

1 oz cranberry liqueur

3 oz apple cider

3 oz Top Note Club Soda No. 1

1 oz Top Note Ginger Beer

Garnish: fresh cranberries and orange slices

Muddle the cranberries and ginger in a cocktail shaker, then add the liqueur, cider, and ice. Shake and double strain into a chilled flute or wine glass. Top with Ginger Beer and Club Soda, stir gently, and garnish.

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