And the Beet Goes On

And the Beet Goes On

An earthy and refreshing non-alcoholic spritz inspired by Montrio Bistro in Monterey, CA.

And The Beet Goes On Recipe:

2 oz cold-pressed beet juice (store-bought or homemade)

.25 oz lime juice

3 dashes cucumber bitters

1 drop food grade fennel oil

4 oz Top Note Sparkling Grapefruit Soda

Add all ingredients except Grapefruit Soda to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with Grapefruit Soda and stir.

Cider & Ginger

Cider & Ginger

Inspired by Lost Valley Cider Co. in Milwaukee, WI, this low-ABV radler is autumn in a glass.

Cider & Ginger Recipe:

4 oz Sparkling Hard Apple Cider

4 oz Top Note Ginger Beer

Garnish: crystallized ginger, fresh lime wheel

Build in an ice-filled glass 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.

Glasgow Mule

Glasgow Mule

The Glasgow Mule is a smoky and floral spin on the more ubiquitous Moscow Mule. Both recipes are built on a foundation of spirit, citrus and Ginger Beer, but the Glasgow Mule features the addition of sweet, fragrant Elderflower Liqueur and spiced Angostura Bitters for a more complex drinking experience.

Glasgow Mule Recipe:

2 oz blended Scotch whisky

.5 oz Elderflower Liqueur

.75 oz lemon juice

3 dashes Angostura bitters

4 oz Top Note Ginger Beer

Garnish: fresh lemon wheel, crystallized ginger

Stir all ingredients together in a mule mug or tall glass. Top up with crushed ice and garnish.

Spiced Vodka Tonic

Spiced Vodka Tonic

Infusing spirits is a fun and easy way to elevate your cocktails. This time of year, we gravitate towards warming spices to add a cozy depth to our at-home happy hours. Play around with what you have on hand (cinnamon sticks, whole allspice, juniper berries, etc.) to create your ideal spirit-spicing mix!

Spiced Vodka Tonic Recipe:

2 oz spiced vodka*

4 oz Top Note Classic Tonic Water

Optional: simple syrup, to taste

Garnish: fresh orange peel

Stir ingredients together in a glass with ice 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.

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.

Grapefruit Wisco Old Fashioned

Grapefruit Wisco Old Fashioned

Here in Wisconsin we're pretty particular about how we like our Old Fashioned's. In this recipe, we give a nod to the regional standard without straying too far from the original, using Grapefruit Soda as a stand-in for store-bought sour mix and sugary soda.

Grapefruit Wisco Old Fashioned Recipe:

1 orange slice 

2 maraschino cherries

1 sugar cube, optional

3 dashes orange bitters

1.5 oz brandy or bourbon

2-3 oz Top Note Sparkling Grapefruit Soda

Garnish: maraschino cherries

Combine the orange, cherries, sugar cube and bitters in a rocks glass and muddle. Add spirit and ice, then top with Grapefruit Soda. Stir it up and don't forget the garnish!

Sparkling Grapefruit Negroni

Sparkling Grapefruit Negroni

If you've been stirring up Negroni's at home and are looking for something with a bit of pizzazz, look no further. Our Sparkling Grapefruit Soda plays nicely with this classic cocktail's bittersweet profile, highlighting its silky mouthfeel and adding a touch of effervescence for a simple spin that's refreshingly modern.

Sparkling Grapefruit Negroni Recipe:

1 oz gin

1 oz Campari

1 oz sweet vermouth

3 oz Top Note Sparkling Grapefruit Soda

Garnish: grapefruit slice

Stir ingredients together in a glass with ice and garnish.

Harvest Moon Punch

Harvest Moon Punch

Here in the Midwest as we round the corner into November and begin to settle into our cold-weather routines, we find ourselves turning to festive flavors like cranberry and ginger to take the chill out of our bones and the edge off of our days.

Harvest Moon Punch Recipe:

2 oz vodka

.5 oz cranberry liqueur

2 oz unsweetened cranberry juice

.5 oz lemon juice

2 oz Top Note Ginger Beer

Garnish: cranberries, fresh or dehydrated citrus (optional)

Stir ingredients together with ice and garnish if desired.

Transfusion

Transfusion

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.

Seedlip's Garden & Tonic

Seedlip's Garden & Tonic

Thanks to innovative companies like Seedlip, zero-proof brand are finding their rightful place among the world of craft spirits.

Seedlip's Garden & Tonic Recipe:

1.75 oz Seedlip Garden 108

4.25 oz Top Note Indian Tonic Water

Garnish: fresh cucumber, lemon peel, and rosemary

Stir ingredients together with ice and garnish.

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