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Dazzling Distilleries on the Lake County Libation Trail

These four dazzling distilleries provide an absolutely divine concoction of flavors.

From rum to gin, absinthe and bourbon, to vodka and liqueur and everything in between, Lake County’s four dazzling distilleries have the perfect adult beverages for cocktail connoisseurs.

Taste one of these eclectic drinks from our distilleries this Lake County Libation Trail and throughout the year. It’s five o’clock somewhere as we enter the final weekend of the 10-day Check-in Challenge.


Make sure this April, you note your attendance at one of these maker’s facilities via outdoor sipping and/or carryout or curbside pickup. During the Lake County Libation Trail Check-in Challenge, sippers have the opportunity to win a free overnight stay at Lincolnshire Marriott Resort for two. Continue here to learn more.

To enter, patrons will text “CHEERS” to 224-706-1133. Let’s explore the local distilleries in Lake County.

28 Mile Distillery is currently closed during Lake County Libation Trail Check-in Challenge, and will reopen in the future.

Copper Fiddle Distillery in Lake Zurich

The Lake Zurich distillery puts the L in “gimme a liddle fiddle.” Copper Fiddle created small-batch gin and other spirits since 2012. The distillery’s story is derived from a family heirloom passed down from generation – that heirloom being a violin. This 1906 musical instrument’s sound is what the Lake Zurich distillery utilized as a metaphor for the smoothness of their gin and bourbon whiskey. The “Illinois-Made” recipient creates each drink from scratch. Copper Fiddle offers gins, rums, and bourbon whiskeys. For their superior drinks, Copper Fiddle has achieved two American Craft Spirit Awards and an American Distilling Institute Award. In 2020, Copper Fiddle also added vodkas to their repertoire. At the beginning of the pandemic, Copper Fiddle Distillery created hand sanitizer at their facilities like 28 Mile Distillery in Highwood and North Shore Distillery in Green Oaks.

Copper Fiddle Distillery, 532 W. Illinois Route 22, Suite 110, Lake Zurich.

North Shore Distillery in Green Oaks

North Shore Distillery is the first craft distillery in the land of Lincoln. Since 2004, Derek and Sonja Kassebaum (and their larger-than-life friend Ethel) provide vodkas, rums, gins, absinthes and unique seasonal beverages. The self-proclaimed nerds and Illinois-Made inventors love to experiment on new flavors with a plethora of different ingredients, and that’s why the award-winning Green Oaks distillery designs innovative art with their liquid creations. The Green Oaks distillery is open for indoor, outdoor and carryout. They are also providing quarantine cocktail kits like the Lake County Sunset Sips @ Home Cocktail. At the start of the pandemic, like Copper Fiddle Distillery and 28 Mile, they created hand sanitizer.

North Shore Distillery, 13990 Rockland Rd., Green Oaks.

Oppidan Spirits in Waukegan

 

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The Waukegan facility that specializes in gin and whiskey is located in Waukegan, but the spirits are created in Wheeling. The Lake County Libation Trail participant creates decadent beverages for the modern townsman, by the modern townsman. The award-winning distillery has notched a slew of awards for their gin – specifically their Reserve Old Tom Gin and American Botanical Gin. The American Gin from Oppidan Spirits contains grapefruit, elderflower, hibiscus for a light floral nose. The superbly balanced gin tastes great neat, or with the complement of a cocktail. For those who aren’t cocktail connoisseurs, Nightshade and Dark’s Brewing Co. is housed in the same residence.

Oppidan Spirits, 220 W. Clayton St., Lot C, Waukegan.

28 Mile Distillery in Highwood

Distilled from a blend of all malted midwest grains, 28 Mile Vodka is clear in color with aromas of almond and vanilla bean. This unique vodka has a silky smooth mouthfeel and notes of vanilla and cocoa nibs that finishes extremely clean on the palate with a lingering warming sensation. Drink this neat, on the rocks or in your favorite cocktail. The Highwood drinkery has an unbelievable backstory of how these crafters came up with the name and logo of their distillery. The Debonair (the woman on their logo) was a real-life queen during the Prohibition Era. Twenty-eight Mile Vodka also just earned a MicroLiquor Spirit 2019 Triple Gold Award for Extraordinary Taste and Highest Recommendation. The distillery plans to reopen their doors this summer.

28 Mile Vodka & Distillery, 454 Sheridan Rd. Highwood.


Sip on the spring uplifting suds and participating Libation Trail partners this weekend and all spring long. Click here to learn more. Looking for a new local drink to try? Click here to learn more about the VLC staff’s favorite drinks on the Libation Trail. Continue here to learn more about dazzling distilleries on the Lake County Libation Trail, and more about the April Check-in Challenge,

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