North Shore Distillery's seasonal release: It's killer
CR2—available at liquor stores starting tomorrow—is a Corpse Reviver in a bottle, a drink you simply open, shake and serve. Shake-and-serves, while popular in gas stations and 7-Elevens, aren't the type of thing you'd expect from one of the Midwest's most well-respected spirit makers. But Sonja Kassebaum, who operates North Shore with her husband Derek, says they were looking for a challenge. Besides, she says, "there was a time when bottled cocktails aren't as they are today." In other words, there's no reason why they have to suck.
The spirit is based on the Corpse Reviver # 2, which is equal parts gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc and lemon juice, with a dash of absinthe. Instead of simply mixing a big batch of these ingredients, North Shore instead made a spirit with the Corpse Reviver's flavor profiles. They used the herbs used in gin, Lillet, absinthe, etc, and, at the end, added some wine and a little bit of sugar.
The result is a cocktail that the Kassebaums recommend drinking the traditional way: Up, in a cocktail glass, with a cocktail cherry. "This is the perfect thing to serve at a party or event...or during the week when you're tired and don't want to go out," Kassbaum says. Plus, "you don't have to spend $200 bucks at the liquor store to make this drink." In that sense, the spirit is kind of a wallet reviver, too.