Cabin Cocktailing

Here in Minnesota, it’s all about “The Cabin.”  Twin Cities residents depart the city en masse on Friday afternoons to head “Up North” for the weekend.  In Minnesota, these weekends will ideally include barbeques, boat rides, s’mores, mosquitoes, puzzles, adirondack chairs, bonfires, canoe rides, loon calls, deer sightings, hammocks, and hopefully a cocktail or two.

I realize that in other parts of the country, “The Cabin” has many aliases: it can be also known as The Cottage, The Lake Home, The Summer House, The Vacation Home, The House in the Woods.  The flora and fauna might be different, but the idea of a relaxing weekend away is universal.



Blessed are those invited to spend a weekend at one’s Cabin, or even luckier are those who OWN said cabin.  Either way, it’s of the utmost importance to produce some fun cocktails while relaxing with friends and enjoying some much-deserved time off.  Warm weather, friends, laughter, and cold drinks go hand in hand.

Minneapolis’ Tattersall Distilling has a wealth of amazing “Cabin Cocktails” on their website.  Here’s one:

blue skies (serves 4)

  • 6 oz. Tattersall Blueberry Liqueur
    6 oz. Tattersall Vodka
    2 Cans Lemonade (12 oz.)

Combine over ice, stir and serve. Add fresh mint, if available.


Bourbon lovers and Michiganders alike should rejoice (Michigan is the cherry capital of the world, in case you didn’t know). This next one does *not* require simple syrup – simple!!

cherry vanilla bourbon smash (serves 4)

  • 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 shots of bourbon
  • 3 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 3 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ice cubes
  • club soda

In the bottom of a glass, combine the cherries, vanilla extract, bourbon, sugar and lemon juice. Muddle together until cherries are broken and juices are released  Top with ice cubes and a small splash of club soda.

summer rum punch (serves 4)

  • 10  ounces dark spiced rum
  • ounces orange juice
  • ounces pineapple juice
  • juice of one lime
  • ounce grenadine
  • 4 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Orange and lime wedges for garnish
Mix all ingredients and pour into pitcher over ice.  Garnish with orange and lime wedges if desired.

images via tattersalldistillery, pinterest, acupofjoe

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