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Brian Boyce's Zarletti N/A Spritz

Brian Boyce's Zarletti N/A Spritz

Milwaukee’s Zarletti is serious about their non-alcoholic recipes, proving that this burgeoning category of drinks can be as innovative and complex as anything else on their menu.

Be sure to check out our Q&A with Zarletti GM Bryan Boyce and keep up with them on Instagram.

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Brian Boyce's Zarletti N/A Spritz Recipe:

1 oz First Press Pierpaolo Pecorari Refosco Juice

3 oz Zera Organic N/A Sparkling Chardonnay 

3 oz Top Note Gentiana Tonic Water

Garnish: fresh orange wheel

Fill a wine glass halfway with ice. Add all ingredients to glass, stir gently, and garnish.

Julia Momose’s Japanese Whisky Highball

Julia Momose’s Japanese Whisky Highball

“Yes, it’s two ingredients! But as long as you have high-quality ingredients, it can really be an outstanding drink that’s more than the sum of its parts.” - Julia Momose, in conversation with Top Note about the Japanese Whisky Highball

Be sure to check out our Q&A with Julia and follow her on Instagram for more beautiful and inspiring food & drinks.

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Julia Momose’s Japanese Whisky Highball Recipe:

1.5 oz Japanese whisky, from the freezer

Top Note Club Soda No. 1, to top

Build over ice and serve bracingly cold.

Bridgit Loeffelholz’s Grapefruit & Aquavit Highball

Bridgit Loeffelholz’s Grapefruit & Aquavit Highball

This highball is earthy, tart and complex: the perfect year-round sipper!

Be sure to check out our Q&A with Bridgit and follow Dampfwerk Distilling on Instagram for the latest distillery news.

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Bridgit Loeffelholz’s Grapefruit & Aquavit Highball Recipe:

1.5 oz Dampfwerk Aquavit

.75 oz dry vermouth

.75 oz grapefruit juice

.25 oz grapefruit oleo saccharum or simple syrup

2 drops saline, optional

1 drop lavender bitters, optional

Top Note Sparkling Grapefruit Soda, to top

Garnish: grapefruit slice and fresh thyme

Short shake all ingredients except Soda together with ice and strain into a highball glass. Top with Soda, stir, and garnish.

Ross Salchow’s Barrel Gin Highball

Ross Salchow’s Barrel Gin Highball

The highball is, in its purest historic iteration: spirit, mixer, and garnish. When you’re working with quality ingredients that complement each other, simple is truly king.

Be sure to check out our Q&A with Ross and follow Great Lakes Distillery on Instagram for the latest distillery news.

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Ross Salchow’s Barrel Gin Highball Recipe:

2 oz Rehorst Barrel Reserve Gin

2 oz Top Note Club Soda No. 1

Garnish: twist of lemon

Stir gin and soda together in an ice-filled old fashioned glass and garnish.

Danny Jahnke's Floracillin Highball

Danny Jahnke's Floracillin Highball

Drawing inspiration from the classic Penicillin cocktail, Danny says, “Ginger and honey pair really well with the complex flavor notes of Flora,” making for a cozy and relaxing non-alcoholic cocktail.

Be sure to check out our Q&A with Danny and follow Flora Hemp Spirits on Instagram for more non-alcoholic cocktail inspiration.

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Danny Jahnke’s Floracillin Highball Recipe:

2 oz Flora Hemp Spirit

.25 oz honey, warmed

.5 oz lemon juice

Top Note Ginger Beer, to top

Garnish: fresh rosemary, optional

Stir all ingredients together with ice in a highball glass.

Evan Knutson’s Gin & Tonic

Evan Knutson’s Gin & Tonic

Sage and citrus are married together with a host of complimentary botanicals in this creative take on the classic Gin & Tonic.

Be sure to check out our Q&A with Evan and follow him on Instagram for more cocktail inspiration.

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Evan Knutson’s Gin & Tonic Recipe:

1.5 oz sage-infused Death’s Door Gin

2 dashes Bittercube orange bitters

Top Note Indian Tonic Water, to top

Garnish: expressed orange peel (flamed, if desired)

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

Emily Vikre’s Negroni Highball

Emily Vikre’s Negroni Highball

“All this thinking about Negroni’s led me to want to make a Negroni highball!” - Emily Vikre

Read our Q&A with Emily to learn more about her journey into the world of cocktails, distilling, and - you guessed it - Negroni’s!

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Emily Vikre’s Negroni Highball Recipe:

1 oz Vikre Distillery Gin

3/4 oz Vikre Distillery Amaro (or Campari)

3/4 oz sweet vermouth

Top Note Bitter Lemon Tonic Water, to top

Garnish: orange twist, optional

Combine the spirits in a highball glass with ice, top with Bitter Lemon, and stir gently. Garnish if desired.

Alyssa Hughes’s Pineapple Gin & Tonic

Alyssa Hughes’s Pineapple Gin & Tonic

Add some flair to the classic gin & tonic with a splash of tropical citrus! Enjoy this lower-ABV refresher on the rocks or straight-up like Alyssa. She uses a small mason jar, but a coupe or champagne glass would work just as well.

Be sure to check out our Q&A with Alyssa and follow her on Instagram for the latest updates on her distilling adventures.

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Alyssa Hughes's Pineapple Gin & Tonic Recipe:

1.5 oz gin

1.5 oz pineapple juice

1 dash Orange Bitters

Top Note Classic Tonic, to top

Garnish: Manderin orange peel

Stir all ingredients together in a glass with ice (or skip the ice as per Alyssa’s preference!) and garnish.

Irish Ale

Irish Ale

In this Whiskey Ginger variation, Ginger Beer takes the place of Ginger Ale, providing a bigger, bolder drinking experience and just enough kick to keep us coming back for seconds (and thirds and…)

 Irish Ale Recipe:

1.5 oz Irish whiskey

5 oz Top Note Ginger Beer

Garnish: lime wedge

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

Kirk Jones’s Bitter Sweetheart Highball

Kirk Jones’s Bitter Sweetheart Highball

When asked about the inspiration behind this highball, Kirk laughed and proclaimed that he’d “made it around Valentine’s Day” and that it reminded him of his ex, so it’s fitting that he named it the Bitter Sweetheart!

Be sure to check out our Q&A with Kirk and follow Royal Rose Syrups on Instagram for more cocktail inspiration.

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Kirk Jones’s Bitter Sweetheart Highball Recipe:

1.5 oz gin

.5 oz Campari

.5 oz Dry Curaçao

.75 oz Royal Rose Organic Raspberry Syrup

1/2 oz lime juice

Top Note Club Soda No. 1, to top

Shake all ingredients except the club soda in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass, top with club soda, and stir.

Jon East's Chai Highball

Jon East's Chai Highball

Jon made this for us on our Instagram live series, Highballs at High Noon! While its preparation is simple, this cocktail is incredibly complex.

Be sure to check out our Q&A with Jon and follow him on Instagram for cocktails and cute dog pics.

 Image credit: Jon East

Jon East's Chai Highball Recipe:

1.75 oz Twisted Path Chai Liqueur

1 dash Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters

1 dash Bittermens Buckspice Gingersnap Bitters

4 drops Bittermens Xocalatl Mole Bitters

6 oz Top Note Club Soda No. 1

Garnish: citrus peel

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

Grapefruit Mojito

Grapefruit Mojito

Everybody loves a mojito, but have you tried it with grapefruit? Mint and grapefruit make for an unlikely but harmonious pairing (calling all Taurus + Pisces couples!).

Grapefruit Mojito Recipe:

6-8 fresh mint leaves

2 oz white rum

.5 oz lime juice

1 tsp agave nectar

3 oz Top Note Sparkling Grapefruit Soda

Garnish: grapefruit and mint

Gently muddle mint and agave in a cocktail shaker. Add rum, lime juice and ice. Shake and double strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with sparkling grapefruit soda, stir, and garnish.

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