Get in the Local Spirit

If you haven't already met them in our stores or in the September/October Catalyst (just out and waiting for you at either New Pi store, or here!), we're proud to introduce a small collection of liquors, mixers, and bitters to our stores! Our passion for supporting local industries, small producers, fair trade, and organic extends to these products, just as you’d expect with New Pi.

cocktails & Bittermilk Smoekd Honey Whiskey Sour mixerWhether you seek a key ingredient for a fabulous recipe or need the goods for a top-notch cocktail, we now have you covered. Don’t miss our collection of hand-crafted mixers and bitters by small mom and pop businesses (with organic and fair trade ingredients!). Beyond cocktails, these are also delicious elements for non-alcoholic drinks and desserts.

Let us introduce you to a few of the local companies we get to support:

Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery

Swisher, Iowa

Owned and operated by Jeff and Laurie Quint, the distillery is the first licensed in Iowa since prohibition. Their award-winning spirits include a corn-based Bourbon (75% corn, to be exact), an apple brandy, and a wheated whisky.


Mississippi River Distilling Company

Le Claire, Iowa

Opened in 2010 by Ryan and Garrett Burchett, who pride themselves on sourcing 100% of their grains from within 25 miles of the distillery! Other Iowa ingredients include honey from Preston; apple cider from Gravert’s Apple Orchard in Sabula; and strawberries from Pride of the Wapsi Berry Patch near Long Grove.


Death’s Door Gin and Vodka

Middleton, Wisconsin

Owner Brian Ellison is committed to local farmers. Wheat grown on Wisconsin’s Washington Island (which revitalized farming on the island after its potato farmers lost contracts in the ‘70s to larger scale farming) is their base, and wild-harvested island juniper berries and Wisconsin-grown coriander and fennel make their gin botanical.

Count on us to seek out the unusual, support small, and go out of our way to procure it! – Melissa Arp, New Pi Specialties Coordinator 

New Pi Eats cocktails - Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour & Strawberry SmashStrawberry Smash on the left, Honey Whiskey Sour on the right - they're both fabulous!

Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour

equal parts:

  • Bittermilk’s Flavor No. 3: Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour
    (small batch crafted with organic citrus and without preservatives)
  • Cedar Ridge’s Cody Road Whiskey
  • lemon or orange peel to garnish

Vigorously shake Bittermilk with whiskey and lots of ice. Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with citrus peel.


Strawberry Smash (non-alcoholic)

  • 5 strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 1 1⁄2 - 2 T. (to taste) Royal Rose Organic Strawberry-Fennel Syrup
  • soda water

Muddle berries with basil leaves in a rocks glass. Add syrup. Fill with ice and top with soda water. Stir. If desired, garnish with basil, a strawberry, or a fennel frond. Delish!

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