This delicious cocktail screams summer! Fresh blackberries, pears, and basil help create a refreshing cocktail that will be your new go-to summer cocktail.

What makes this cocktail so wonderful is the fresh juice. If you don’t have a juicer, don’t panic. You can always muddle the ingredients, use a food processor, or buy fresh juice from the store. Fresh ingredients are THE BEST!  What else makes this cocktail so yummy is the Organic Belvedere Vodka, infused with Pear & Ginger! 

Keep reading for ALL the details – 

Ingredients:

  • Juice – blackberries, pear, blackberries, ginger and basil
  • 4 ounces of Belvedere Vodka (pick-up at MWS)
    • Belvedere Vodka Tasting Notes: The flavors of ripe and juicy organic pear essence and subtly spicy ginger are perfectly balanced by a touch of linden honey in this expertly crafted infusion. The natural philosophy of Belvedere’s Made With Nature spirits shines through brightly when mixing fresh tall cocktails with our Pear and Ginger Organic Infusion.

Make:

  • Put all fresh fruit in juicer to make fresh juice
  • Pour 2 ounces of juice into fancy cup
  • Pour ice-cold vodka over juice
  • Top with pear slice and basil leaf
  • ENJOY!

We hope you enjoy this tasty cocktail! Stop in to grab the wonderful Belvedere Vodka. Cheers!

The weather is finally getting nicer and we’re certainly loving it.  To celebrate the arrival of spring (finally) we are mixing up a tasty and healthy margarita! Follow along as Taylor mixes up this tasty treat, and she even makes a virgin option for her kids.

Ingredients: 

  • 3 ounces Epsilon Tequila Blanco (find it at MWS)
  • Fresh strawberries, basil and pineapple
  • 3 ounces of Stirrings 5 Calorie Margarita (find it at MWS)
  • Crushed ice

Make Cocktail:

  • Make compote: Use a food processor to mix up strawberries, pineapples and basil
  • Mix all ingredients
    • If making for your kids, omit tequila
  • Add crushed ice
  • Top with basil

We hope you find this as delicious as we all did. Cheers!

Dreaming of the summer days when you can sit outside and enjoy a glass of Rosé? Well, summertime is just around the corner, and it is time to start planning some outdoor events where you can get together with some friends and enjoy some Rosé and snacks! Here are some pairing ideas we think will be crowd-pleasers this summer. 

  1. Seafood, specifically salmon – Enjoy some fresh seafood this summer with your favorite glass of Rosé.
  2. Veggie pizza – Plan an at-home date night to make homemade pizza and sip some Rosé!
  3. Soft cheeses: brie and goat cheese – If you are looking to make a charcuterie board to pair with Rosé, make sure to include these soft cheeses. 
  4. Pesto – Enjoy some pesto as a dip or include it in a dish!
  5. Grilled meats – Grilling screams summertime, so fire up the grill for a dinner that will pair well with Rosé. 
  6. Charcuterie board  – There is nothing quite like a beautiful and tasty charcuterie board to go with a nice bottle of rosé.
  7. Egg dishes – For a brunch option, make some egg dishes such as quiche. 
  8. Fresh salads – Green or grain salads are great options to pair with Rosé this summer. 
  9. Bruschetta – For a snack choice, put together some bruschetta for you and your guests to enjoy, paired with your favorite Rosé.
  10. Fruit and fruit salad – Enhance the sweetness of the Rosé with your choice of fruit or even put together a fruit salad!

Whether you are planning a brunch or dinner event, there are plenty of options of how to pair Rosé wine. So stop into Mystic Wine Shoppe soon and pick up your favorite bottle to enjoy as the weather starts to get warmer!

Thanks for reading and see you soon. Eric and the MWS team.

Not sure what to get your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? Don’t panic! Our Cocktail of the Month is the perfect way to say “I love you!”  Don’t feel like mixing up a cocktail? Visit our champagne guide to find a great bottle of champagne.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Ounces Prosecco – we used Lamarca Prosecco
    • Tasting Notes: La Marca Prosecco has a pale, golden straw color and sparkles with lively effervescence. Opening with aromas of fresh-picked citrus and honeysuckle blossoms, the crisp, clean palate brings fruity flavors of green apple, juicy peach and ripe lemon, framed by hints of minerality. The finish is light and refreshing with a tantalizing hint of sweetness.
  • 1 Ounce Blueberry Vodka – we used Triple Eight Blueberry
    • Tasting Notes: Triple Eight’s Blueberry’s impressive color comes from a heavy dosing of blueberries infused into our classic spirit. Strong blueberry nose, color, and sweet flavor with our traditionally smooth finish. 68 proof.
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries and spoonful of sugar

 

Make:

  • Place blueberries and sugar in a pan – mix and heat up till softened – cool in fridge
  • Put compote into bottom of cup
  • Add champagne and vodka
  • Enjoy!

We hope you find this tasty. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Whether you are spending the day with your significant other or just having a night in with some friends, a champagne toast is a V-Day must! Here are some of our favorite champagnes so you can plan out some drinks and snacks to enjoy on this holiday. 

  • Veuve Clicquot
    • The infamous yellow label champagne bottle is adored for its grape, apple, and honey flavors that combine to make a bottle of delicious tasting champagne! If you’re looking for a more upscale Valentine’s Day Veuve Clicquot pairs well with white fish or meat as well as comté cheese. 

  • Korbel 
    • Korbel is crisp and refreshing, with hints of citrus and pear to taste. It would be best paired with oysters, smoked salmon, or salty foods if you are looking to make a bunch of appetizers to enjoy on Valentine’s Day.

  • Gruet Brut 
    • Gruet is packed with notes of apple and citrus flavors. This pairs well with a fruit-based dessert that brings out the sweetness of the sparkling champagne. This would be the perfect champagne to enjoy with your Valentine’s Day dessert!

  • Gruet Rosé
    • Gruet Rosé is filled with flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. This rosé champagne would pair well with pork, shellfish, or mild and soft cheese. 

  • Dom Perignon 
    • This champagne is smooth and creamy, balanced with the aromas of fruits. This high-end champagne would be paired well with salmon, lobster, or decadent cheese platters. This champagne and food pairing would make for a luxurious Valentine’s Day. 

  • Juvé & Camps 
    • With very subtle notes of white fruit and mountain flowers, this champagne pairs well with pasta and cured meats. Juvé & Camps would be the perfect drink to enjoy with your Valentine’s Day dinner. 

Whether you know the champagne you are looking for or are hoping to try something new, come into Mystic Wine Shoppe for all of your wine or champagne needs before Valentine’s Day!

 

With a mission to bring higher quality wine to the market for a better price, in 2009, founder Kevin Mehra brought his idea to life.  They are focused on getting wines from all over the world, putting their label on them, and selling it for less to consumers. 90+ Cellars wants their customers to get the best quality wine, so when you buy a bottle from them, you can be confident you’ll get a great wine, every time.

Based out of Boston, MA, Ninety Plus Cellars has done a fantastic job at integrating their brand into the marketplace. From being the official wine sponsor of local professional baseball teams, a Wine Truck and even a Wine Club, 90+ Cellars is way more than just a wine company.  Ninety Plus Cellars is about enjoying wine wherever is convenient for you, and this is clear from them having wine at baseball games, on the road from their truck, and having it delivered to your door.

90+ Cellars is available in many retail locations in the Northeast, including Mystic Wine Shoppe, so it is easy to find your favorite bottle wherever you are! The Wine Club also makes it possible to try different wines throughout the year, so you will always be prepared for an event or dinner party!

With a wide variety of wines, you will be sure to get something that you like! Stop into Mystic Wine Shoppe to grab a bottle of one of our favorites from 90+ Cellars!

Learn more about their current wines.

Banner photo by Latitude Beverages

Not in the holiday spirit yet? This delicious Egg Nog White Russian will do the trick.  Another easy-to-make cocktail that is sure to have you singing fa-la-la-la by the time you finish this delicious cocktail.

First step, put on your Holiday playlist and get ready for some serious cheer!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of Vanilla Vodka – we used Stoli Vanilla
  • 2 ounces of Kahlúa
  • 2 ounces of Egg Nog
  • Splash of milk
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cinnamon and sugar
  • Whipped Cream

 

Make the cocktail: 

  • Mix vodka, Kahlúa, and egg nog in shaker
  • Pour mix over crushed iced
  • Add splash of milk, stir
  • Put on whipped cream and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar

What are your go-to holiday cocktails? We hope you add this one to your list.  Have a very merry holiday season!

Taylor – the official cocktail-maker at MWS

Hit the road and take a day trip to visit one of our favorite local breweries, Smuttynose Brewing Co. Located in Hampton, NH, this inviting brewery will not leave you disappointed. With a 9-hole disc golf course, tasting bar/beer garden, retail store, and restaurant, you will find something for everyone to enjoy!

Can’t make it all the way to NH? We carry many of their seasonal brews!

Location: Located just across the border of MA, in Hampton, NH, Smuttynose is the perfect destination for a day trip with lots to do in the surrounding area as well. You could even make it a weekend trip to Hampton, NH, for a getaway during these cold winter months!

Variety: Smuttynose has a wide variety of beers depending on what you are looking for that day! With year-round options, seasonal, sours, and more, you will not be disappointed in the beer selection available at Smuttynose. 

Food: Located across the parking lot from the brewery, The Restaurant at Smuttynose will leave you feeling full after you enjoy your day walking around the brewery and enjoying some beer tastings. With daily and weekly specials, the food at Smuttynose will be the perfect way to end your visit. In addition, the new, revamped Heritage Room is located directly above the restaurant. This loft space is a great option to hang out with friends, or you could reserve this space for a party or function you are hosting!

We love when we can support our local New England Breweries. If you find yourself unable to make the trip to NH this winter? Stop into Mystic Wine Shoppe to shop our selection of beers from Smuttynose! 

 

Photo Credit:  Smutty Nose Brewery Website