You might feel like an unexpected guest on an upscale cooking show when you first sit down at this distillery’s new digs in Green Oaks, IL. Earlier this year, the oldest craft distillery in the state moved from its original space into a former cabinet showroom several miles away. The showroom left most of its furniture when it went out of business, and North Shore Distillery co-owner, co-founder and Chief Cocktail Nerd Sonja Kassebaum was only too happy to put it to use. Specializing primarily in classic gins and vodkas, the distillery also offers a variety of less common spirits, such as their take on the classic Scandinavian aquavit, replete with notes of cardamom, cumin and cinnamon and the first of its kind to be produced in the United States. Another must-try is the North Shore Tahitian Vanilla Vodka, creamy and decadent enough to be sipped by itself or in any number of the tasting room’s cocktails. For a beverage bursting with the flavors of summer, try Karin’s Gimlet #2, made with North shore’s flagship Distiller’s Gin No. 6, fresh lime, ginger syrup and fresh-squeezed blueberry juice. Named for a regular who has since moved away, it’s called #2 because the first one wasn’t quite to Karin’s liking. For something more in tune with Chicago’s chilly season, give a try to the Spiced Apple Mule, a heartwarming blend of aquavit, house-made spiced apple syrup, fresh lime and ginger beer.