DIY black walnut Nocino: A northwoods twist on an Italian classic

Italian walnut liqueur, or nocino, is a centuries-old treat made from unripe green walnuts infused in strong alcohol. It is available commercially, but families used to make their own concoctions, sweetened and spiced to their taste with flavors like cinnamon, cloves, and star anise, ready to be shared during the winter holidays. In Italy, green … [ Read more]

Spirits Closeup: Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

  This month’s Craft Cocktail: Aviation at Red Rabbit, uses Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur for a bit of sweetness. Here are some additional uses for the liqueur you can try at home. You want me to buy a $30 bottle of cherry liqueur? That’s what I pay for bourbon! I hear you. But that straw-wrapped bottle looks … [ Read more]

First Sip: 11 Wells Dry Wermut

Last week, with the heat index in the 90s, we stopped by the 11 Wells Distillery where it was at least 10 degrees warmer inside. “Yeah, mashing day,” Lee Egbert smiled. “We got some fans, at least.” But then we were handed a glass of 11 Wells’ Dry Wermut—the first liqueur produced by the St. Paul … [ Read more]