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922 South Morton Street
Bloomington, IN, 47403
United States

812-202-6789

Cardinal Spirits is a craft distillery in Bloomington, Indiana that specializes in producing extraordinary spirits from local ingredients.  

Distillery Events

Here's what's happening in and around the distillery. We run tours every weekend. If you want to host a private or public event with us, get started here!

 

Cardinal Spirits Kitchen - Now open for brunch!
Sep
5
to Sep 30

Cardinal Spirits Kitchen - Now open for brunch!

We are excited to announce that our kitchen is now open! Executive Chef Dean Wirkerman and his team have put together a menu that is seasonal, shareable, made from scratch, and compliments our cocktails. We invite you to come in and try it for yourself. Better yet, bring some friends because the menu is designed for sharing an assortment of our snacks and starters. As of 9/9 we will begin serving brunch in addition to our dinner menu, join us every Saturday and Sunday from 10a-2p and enjoy your brunch with the finest spirits Bloomington has to offer.

Kitchen Hours:
Dinner
Monday-Thursday from 4-9p
Friday-Saturday from 4-10p

Sunday from 4-9p
Brunch
Saturday-Sunday 10a-2p

 

Check out our menu!

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Tours every Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Feb
23
to Feb 25

Tours every Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Join us every weekend for a tour and get an exclusive taste of how we make our spirits! We'll walk you through our process; from fresh ingredients and local grain to one of a kind whiskey, vodka, gin, rum, and liqueurs. 

Please note that tours are booked online in advance. 

Standard Tour (Saturday - Sunday 1 & 2pm)  - Includes a 45 minute in-depth tour, cocktail of your choice, and sampling of our full product line. $10.00
Book a Standard Tour

VIP Tour (Fridays at 4 , Saturday - Sunday 3pm) - Includes a one hour in-depth tour, cocktail of your choice, sampling of our full product line and specialty research projects, and a bottle of your favorite Cardinal Spirits product! $42.00
Book a VIP Tour

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Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest
Feb
24
4:00 PM16:00

Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest

Hey Chicagoland! Come visit us at the Brookfield Zoo's Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest event.  

"Come out of your winter hibernation and warm up at Brookfield Zoo's first ever Winter Wine and Whiskey Fest!  This fun-filled event features wine and whiskey samples, hors d'ouvres, live music, and meet and greets with Animal Ambassadors, all in the zoo's relaxed setting! "

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100 Men Who Cook
Feb
24
6:00 PM18:00

100 Men Who Cook

Not only are we proud to be serving you cocktails at this fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters but we are thrilled to tell you that Cardinal Spirits co-founder Jeff Wuslich will be showing off his chef skills! Come cheer him on and support this great event!

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D-Vine Fest
Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

D-Vine Fest

C'mon out to the Columbus Commons for the D-Vine Fest and sample our spirits, have a cocktail, and find your favorite bottle to take home with you! It's all for a great cause, too. Your ticket purchase will help Development Services, Inc to raise funds for individuals with disabilities. Cheers! 

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Game Night
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Game Night

Get ready for Cardinal game night, guest hosted by our resident dungeon master Mike Trotzke.

Want to move pieces around on boards while consuming tasty beverages? No matter if you're new to board gaming or already a full on geek, we're here for you.

Board game night at Cardinal Spirts takes place the second Monday of the month at the distillery. We play some of the top-selling, best-time-having hobby board games of all time. Don't know how to play? We're glad to teach.

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Landmark Look: Coca-Cola Before 2018
Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

Landmark Look: Coca-Cola Before 2018

If you were lucky enough to score tickets to the Landmark Look: Coca-Cola Before 2018 event then you're in for a treat. A Cardinal Spirits treat, that is! Visit us after your tour for a craft cocktail. You can find us with the other vendors, staring adoringly at this amazing art deco building. We're very excited to be a part of this event to show off what Bottleworks will be doing to the space. 

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5-Course Valentine's Day Dinner
Feb
14
4:00 PM16:00

5-Course Valentine's Day Dinner

Join us at the distillery for the loveliest 5-course Valentine's Day dinner ($60), with an optional cocktail pairing ($20).

Reservations are requested; by phone, 812-202-6789, or by email, hello@cardinalspirits.com. At the time of reservation, please choose either the chef's menu or vegetarian menu. Please note that tax and gratuity are not included in the pricing.

Take a peek at the menus...

CHEF'S MENU

FIRST COURSE
Fresh mozzarella and sage and house bread

SECOND COURSE
Crepe filled with shrimp and mascarpone, carrot-ginger puree and pea tendrils

THIRD COURSE
Roasted chicken with truffled chicken jus, with garlic mashed potatoes and pan roasted vegetables

FOURTH COURSE
Cheese course

FIFTH COURSE
Chocolate ganache tart with winter citrus

VEGETARIAN MENU

FIRST COURSE
Fresh mozzarella and sage and house bread

SECOND COURSE
Chestnut agnolotti, fontina cheese and celery root puree

THIRD COURSE
Pumpkin Pot Pie

FOURTH COURSE
Cheese course

FIFTH COURSE
Chocolate ganache tart with winter citrus



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Also in celebration of Valentine's Day, we'll be offering a Dessert Duo and Cocktail pairing for $12, from Feb. 9-14. Enjoy a duo of our housemade desserts — Tres leches cake and chocolate ganache tart — with your choice of either a Pinky Promise cocktail (made with Flora, Terra Botanical Gin, strawberry, pink peppercorn, coconut cream) or a Handsome Devil cocktail (made with Lake House Spiced Rum and Songbird Coffee Liqueur).

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High Proof Laughs: Galentine's Day Edition
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

High Proof Laughs: Galentine's Day Edition

Limestone Comedy Festival and Cardinal Spirits present High Proof Laughs: live comedy at the distillery featuring host Mat Alano-Martin!

Round up your gal pals, your squad, your bae. This special Galentine's Day edition features an all-female lineup: Emily GalatiHolly LynneaEm Davisand Brandi Ball ! $5 cash donation at the door to benefit Planned Parenthood. Limited seating available. Doors close when the show starts! 21+ only.

More about these funny ladies...

EMILY GALATI
Emily Galati is whip-smart and not afraid to prove it. Known for her relentlessly clever style, she brings a social awareness and quick-wit to her shows. Emily has performed standup on the Conan on TBS, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comic’s Unleashed, Laughs, and Gotham Live. She has been chosen to represent Chicago in the "Best of the Midwest" Competition at Gilda's LaughFest, a semi-finalist in NBC's Stand Up for Diversity,and a finalist in the “Bob and Tom” Comedy Contest.

HOLLY LYNNEA
Charming and unapologetic with a wicked repartee, Holly Lynnea is a Louisville-based comedian and writer. She honed her comedic timing while training at The Second City and iO Training Centers in Chicago, IL. Holly made her television debut on the FOX Network's "Laughs TV", was a semi-finalist for Stand-Up NBC, and is a writer on the "YOU LOOK LIKE" web series. She has appeared at 18 different comedy festivals across the country including Limestone in 2017.

EMILY DAVIS
Emily Davis is a local Bloomington comic whose sugary but dry charm has earned her growing allegiance in the hearts of Hoosier comedy fans. Emily’s work has ranged from local feminist comedy collective Ladies’ Night Comedy to regular spots at The Comedy Attic, across Indiana, and that one time in Des Moines, Iowa.

BRANDI BALL
Brandi Ball can be seen smiling politely at hecklers in dive bars across Indiana. A notable club owner once remarked, "She has confidence on stage, but not at all in person. I don't get it."

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High Proof Laughs: Galentine's Day Edition
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

High Proof Laughs: Galentine's Day Edition

Limestone Comedy Festival and Cardinal Spirits present High Proof Laughs: live comedy at the distillery featuring emcee Mat Alano-Martin!

Round up your gal pals, your squad, your bae. This special Galentine's Day edition features an all-female lineup: Emily GalatiHolly Lynnea, Emily Davis and Brandi Ball ! $5 cash donation at the door to benefit Planned Parenthood. Limited seating available. Doors close when the show starts! 21+ only.

More about these funny ladies...

EMILY GALATI
Emily Galati is whip-smart and not afraid to prove it. Known for her relentlessly clever style, she brings a social awareness and quick-wit to her shows. Emily has performed standup on the Conan on TBS, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comic’s Unleashed, Laughs, and Gotham Live. She has been chosen to represent Chicago in the "Best of the Midwest" Competition at Gilda's LaughFest, a semi-finalist in NBC's Stand Up for Diversity,and a finalist in the “Bob and Tom” Comedy Contest.

HOLLY LYNNEA
Charming and unapologetic with a wicked repartee, Holly Lynnea is a Louisville-based comedian and writer. She honed her comedic timing while training at The Second City and iO Training Centers in Chicago, IL. Holly made her television debut on the FOX Network's "Laughs TV", was a semi-finalist for Stand-Up NBC, and is a writer on the "YOU LOOK LIKE" web series. She has appeared at 18 different comedy festivals across the country including Limestone in 2017.

EMILY DAVIS
Emily Davis is a local Bloomington comic whose sugary but dry charm has earned her growing allegiance in the hearts of Hoosier comedy fans. Emily’s work has ranged from local feminist comedy collective Ladies’ Night Comedy to regular spots at The Comedy Attic, across Indiana, and that one time in Des Moines, Iowa.

BRANDI BALL
Brandi Ball can be seen smiling politely at hecklers in dive bars across Indiana. A notable club owner once remarked, "She has confidence on stage, but not at all in person. I don't get it."

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Fantastic Food Fest
Feb
10
to Feb 11

Fantastic Food Fest

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We're back for the third year at the Fantastic Food Fest. We'll be bigger than ever with more space, cocktail demonstrations, and lots more fun! Stop by to sample our spirits and when you find your favorite we can sell you a bottle on site... even on Sunday!

2/10 10a-6p at the booth and from 3:30-5:30 at the Rockin Taco event with mini daiquiris
2/11 11a-5p at the booth and from 11:30-1:30 at the Bon Bons and Bubbly event with creative ways to use our Flora Liqueur

This event is truly fantastic, you won't want to miss it! 

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3rd Anniversary Party
Feb
3
to Feb 4

3rd Anniversary Party

It's our 3rd Anniversary and you know what that means: Party at the distillery!

Celebrate with us starting at 8pm for complimentary cake and spirit samples, and $5 anniversary punch! At 9pm, DJ MADDØG rolls in to get the dance party started. And... $1 late-night pizza slices. Hello!

More 3rd Anniversary merriment all weekend long:

FREE logo shot glass /// filled with a Bramble Screwdriver shot!
- During brunch on Saturday and Sunday, 10am-2pm (free with a purchase; limit one per guest per day).

FREE mini distillery tours /// with a spirit tasting included.
- Saturday and Sunday at 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm.
- No reservation needed; just show up on time!

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Liberty Street's Meet the Makers (that's us!)
Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Liberty Street's Meet the Makers (that's us!)

Hey Indianapolis! C'mon over to Liberty Street for their Meet the Makers event where we will answer all of the burning questions you have about Cardinal Spirits. Our Events Director, Alison Zook, will be there with samples, swag, and high fives for everyone. She's been with us from the beginning and will have special prizes for any Cardinal Spirits related question she can not answer. Can you stump Alison? Come find out! 

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NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER AND PARTY
Dec
31
to Jan 1

NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER AND PARTY

Ring in 2018 with a festive family-style, cocktail-pairing dinner followed by a party with DJ Spikes at Cardinal Spirits — the best NYE bash in Bloomington! 

Join us for both dinner and the party, or dinner only or the party only. 

Menu for dinner: Prosciutto-wrapped prune with balsamic vinegar, mushroom risotto, osso buco with creamy polenta and braised carrots (vegetarian option: roasted eggplant subbed for osso buco). For dessert: Tiramisu made with our Songbird Coffee Liqueur!

Make new friends, cheers with the old. End 2017 in good spirits while drinking great spirits! For dinner, all tax, gratuity and cocktails are included — nothing to think about at the end of the meal.

Limited tickets for both the dinner and the party.

7pm: Family-style dinner
-- 3-course dinner with paired cocktails, served family-style, $80 (food-only ticket is $70 and includes a mocktail). 
-- Ticket includes dinner, cocktails, and gratuity —plus a complimentary NYE toast when you arrive!
-- Make a night of it by adding a discounted ticket to the NYE party immediately following dinner! Just $5 (regularly $10), includes a midnight toast and complimentary party favors!
-- Purchase tickets: https://fareharbor.com/cardinalspirits/items/68442/

9:30pm-1am: NYE Party! 
-- $10 ticket includes a midnight toast and complimentary party favors! Ring in 2018 with DJ Spikes, craft cocktails, and count down to midnight with pals old and new. Like all great cocktail parties, there is no assigned or reserved seating for this one — be ready to mingle and bebop around!
-- Purchase tickets: https://fareharbor.com/cardinalspirits/items/68442/

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New Year's Hours
Dec
31
to Jan 3

New Year's Hours

Cardinal Spirits will be open on New Year's Eve from 10a-4p for brunch (served til 2p), cocktails, and bottle sales. We'll be closed to the public after 4pm for our ticketed NYE celebration. We will be closed January 1st - 3rd, resuming regular hours and service on 1/4 at 4pm. 

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Special Holiday Tours Dec 26-29
Dec
26
to Dec 29

Special Holiday Tours Dec 26-29

Have some time off this holiday season? We have some special tour times to keep you and your visiting relatives entertained! We'll walk you through our process; from fresh ingredients and local grain to one of a kind whiskey, vodka, gin, rum, and liqueurs. 

Please note that tours are booked online in advance. 

Standard Tour at 4:30p Tuesday - Friday - Includes a 45 minute in-depth tour, cocktail of your choice, and sampling of our full product line. $10.00
Book a Standard Tour

VIP Tour at 6p Tuesday - Friday - Includes a one hour in-depth tour, cocktail of your choice, sampling of our full product line and specialty research projects, and a bottle of your favorite Cardinal Spirits product! $42.00
Book a VIP Tour

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Christmas Hours
Dec
24
to Dec 26

Christmas Hours

Cardinal Spirits will be closed on Christmas but will be open from 10a-3p on Christmas Eve for bottle sales. We're the ONLY place in Bloomington to buy spirits on a Sunday so if you need last minute gifts or to stock up on supplies for Christmas day stop in! We will resume regular hours on Monday. 

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Yelp's Totally Bazaar
Dec
7
6:30 PM18:30

Yelp's Totally Bazaar

When it comes to events, Yelp's Totally Bazaar is one of our absolute favorites! Imagine the Indianapolis Central Library turned into a lively multi story vendor market... with cocktails! Visit the alcohol wing to sample, purchase a signature cocktail, and take bottles and gift packs home. They make the perfect gift for that hard to shop for person on your list, or for you #treatyoself, shopping in hard work!

RSVP are required, better sign up quick! 

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Holiday Music Series
Nov
28
to Dec 19

Holiday Music Series

Every Tuesday this holiday season we'll have live music in the tasting room bar! No cover, 21+ only please. Come have a cocktail,  bite to eat, and sit back and relax with your friends. 

11/28 - Two bands to kick us off!  Birrd, followed by Daisy Chain
12/5 - Ashley and Mark Chilla
12/12 - Ben Lumsdaine Jazz Trio
12/19 - Craig Brenner 

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Canopy of Lights at Gather : handmade shoppe & Co
Nov
24
5:00 PM17:00

Canopy of Lights at Gather : handmade shoppe & Co

Ahhh, the treasured Bloomington moment of the lighting of the courthouse square. It's pretty magical but also, pretty cold. What if we told you that you could watch the lights come on from the comfort of Gather : handmade shoppe & Co whilst drinking a warm Cardinal Spirits cocktail? Well, it's a holiday miracle because it's happening! Join us from 5-9 for this fun event and have a drink while you shop the amazingly curated selection of handmade goods that Gather has to offer. Cardinal will also have carryout sales of bottles and gift packs, for those hard to please shoppers on your list. See you there

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Shop Local, Drink Local!
Nov
24
to Nov 25

Shop Local, Drink Local!

Are you a Black Friday and/or Small Business Saturday shopper? Well do we have a treat for you! Friday and Saturday bring in a receipt from your day's shopping from a LOCAL business and get a $1 Hot Hopscotch cocktail. It's just the right blend of caffeine and spirit to keep you fueled for the rest of your shopping. We'll also have bottles 10% off bottles for all you local shoppers. They make a perfect gift for that hard to shop for friend! 

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last #tikituesday of the season
Nov
21
4:00 PM16:00

last #tikituesday of the season

Stop in to get your last #tikituesday fix before it goes away for the winter! 

Tuesdays at the distillery, we're showcasing our spirits in a handful of creative, unique Tiki cocktails. You've probably never tasted anything like them. Our #tikituesday bartenders have elevated our gin, vodka, and of course Tiki Rum to a completely different field.

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#tikituesday
Nov
14
4:00 PM16:00

#tikituesday

Tuesdays at the distillery, we're showcasing our spirits in a handful of creative, unique Tiki cocktails. You've probably never tasted anything like them. Our #tikituesday bartenders have elevated our gin, vodka, and of course Tiki Rum to a completely different field.

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Nocino Bottle Release
Nov
10
to Nov 12

Nocino Bottle Release

Our most popular seasonal release is back ... just in time to bring to the Thanksgiving table!

Join us for samples and specialty cocktails when you come to the distillery to buy a bottle on release weekend. Nocino is a limited release that sells out quickly, and when it's gone, it's gone!

Nocino is a traditional Italian liqueur made with green, unripe walnuts. For our version, we harvested walnuts right here in Indiana — from our co-founder's family trees in Fort Wayne — then combined them with our vodka and spices, and let that steep for months. The result: A luscious, mellow, earthy elixir that has this wonderful, naturally warming quality. It's meant for this time of year!

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#tikituesday
Nov
7
4:00 PM16:00

#tikituesday

Tuesdays at the distillery, we're showcasing our spirits in a handful of creative, unique Tiki cocktails. You've probably never tasted anything like them. Our #tikituesday bartenders have elevated our gin, vodka, and of course Tiki Rum to a completely different field.

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Holiday 3-Packs Release
Nov
3
to Nov 5

Holiday 3-Packs Release

Our popular Holiday 3-Packs are back for the season! NEW this year: a free $5 gift card with every Holiday 3-Pack. 

Mix-and-match any three 375ml bottles and we'll pack them in a box that's ready for gifting:
-Vodka, $15/bottle
-Songbird Coffee Liqueur, $15
-Bramble Black Raspberry Vodka, $15
-Lake House Spiced Rum (*NEW* this year!), $15
-Standard Dry Gin, $15
-Terra Botanical Gin (*NEW* this year), $24
-Nocino, $28

Available at the distillery starting Friday, Nov. 3, until they are gone. Perfect host/ess gift for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, holiday parties. They make great stocking stuffers, client gifts, winter IU graduation presents, thanks-for-pet-sitting gifts... the possibilities are endless.

Our Holiday 3-Packs are guaranteed to make spirits bright this season! Give local, drink local.

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#tikituesday
Oct
31
4:00 PM16:00

#tikituesday

Tuesdays at the distillery, we're showcasing our spirits in a handful of creative, unique Tiki cocktails. You've probably never tasted anything like them. Our #tikituesday bartenders have elevated our gin, vodka, and of course Tiki Rum to a completely different field.

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Halloween Costume Contest
Oct
28
9:00 PM21:00

Halloween Costume Contest

Come early to haunt the bar, enjoy punch specials, and have your photo taken for our People's Choice Winner. All photos will be posted to social media and our audience will pick the winner through likes and hearts. The top costumes will participate in a walk off (Zoolander style) at 10:30 to decide the competition. You must be present to win! 

Categories include:
Scariest Costume
Most Creative
Most Obscure
People's Choice
Best Overall Costume
Best Couple

Winners will receive a special golden pumpkin award and prize package

We'll be offering a dessert bar with all the Halloween snacks you want as an adult but are too embarrassed to admit. #trickortreatyoself

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Valencia Release
Oct
20
12:00 PM12:00

Valencia Release

Join us on October 20th for the release of our newest spirit, Valencia. Valencia is a beautiful, natural triple sec for cocktailing that we make with both dried and fresh orange peels to capture the sweet, bitter and fragrant character of citrus.

Categorized within the orange liqueur family, triple sec is a clear, semi-sweet orange-flavored liqueur typically made from the peel of sweet and bitter oranges. Popular brands of orange liqueur include Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Pierre Ferrand, and Marie Brizard.

Getting this spirit ready for you took months of research, development, and cocktails. First, we steeped two kinds of dry orange peel (Spanish sweet oranges and Haitian bitter oranges) in our Tiki Rum for three weeks. After that, we redistilled the infusion, adding freshly zested organic orange peel to the still’s steam baskets to infuse even more orange character into the distilled product. From there, we added simple syrup to reach our desired proof (80 proof, 40% alcohol by volume).

As always, we used entirely natural ingredients to make Valencia, never any flavor extracts or coloring. The base of the spirit is our Tiki Rum, one of the highest rated light craft rums in the country (92 points from Wine Enthusiast).

While Valencia can be enjoyed neat as a digestif or on the rocks, it is most often used as an ingredient in a wide range of cocktails, including the margarita, Cosmopolitan, Sidecar (or its modern riff, the Cable Car), Mai Tai, Kamikaze, Knickerbocker, Beachcomber, etc.

Come by the distillery for a sample and cocktail. We'll have bottles for carryout sales so you can mix up your favorite drinks at home!

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