Lil Savage Cabbage, from New Riff Distilling


From our feature, The Vivant’s Top Ten Fabulous Gin Cocktail Recipes, New Riff Distilling in Newport, Kentucky shares their unique Lil Savage Cabbage, served up in Nick and Nora glasses, with THE VIVANT.

Well yes, I do love bourbon, and that’s usually what I think of when I think of the beautiful state of Kentucky. New Riff Distilling, in Newport, KY has a bourbon-barreled, aged version of their Kentucky Wild gin that you just have to try out. New Riff uses locally-foraged botanicals. Now that’s a job I’d like to have! Strolling through the hills of Kentucky picking wild botanicals? Let me at it! Their Kentucky Wild distills 12 botanicals right in the pot, supplementing the more traditional European ingredients with local wild seasonings, including wild juniper and American spicebush, and a dash of goldenrod.

They tell me that it’s best served in a Nick and Nora glass. What’s that? I had no idea until today, but it is a traditional glass often used for serving shaken or stirred cocktails, and if you’re a fan of old movies, check out the 1934 comedy-mystery, The Thin Man, where the main characters (after whom the glass is named) Nick and Nora sip cocktails from these classic glasses throughout the film.

And by the way, of course, New Riff makes a pretty fine bourbon, too.

Here’s the recipe for their Lil Savage Cabbage:


  • 5 oz New Riff Kentucky Wild Gin, Bourbon Barreled
  • ¾ oz lime juice
  • ¾ oz cabbage simple syrup


Add all ingredients to a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir and strain into a Nick and Nora glass. Serve up, express the peel of an orange, garnish with a Sour Patch Kid.

For the cabbage simple syrup: Add one cup of chopped cabbage to two cups of white sugar, top with two cups of boiling water, stir. Let sit for 1.5 hours, strain cabbage. Store for a month.

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