Every year our friends at Lake Bluff’s North Shore Distillery create a single batch limited release, taking one of their standard spirits and infusing it with something wacky. Last year it was a sloe gin style elderberry liqueur. The year before that it was a bottled Corpse Reviver, and before that a cacao bean and poblano infusion. Wild stuff.
This year’s release was unleashed last week. Called Silver Lining, it’s based on a German krauter liqueur, a disgestif typically made from a blend of herbs and botanicals. They’re often bitter, often sweet and syrupy, sometime medicinal. You may be familiar with its Italian cousin, amaro, or with its most infamous expression: Jagermeister.