Fall is in the air! As the weather gets colder it’s the perfect time to take a trip to VT and grab a hard cider! Fresh from Vermont, Champlain Orchards is the perfect destination to walk around, pick some apples, and have fun with friends.

Interested in taking the trip? Here is a little more about this wonderful destination –

  • Location: Located in Shoreham, Vermont this orchard is the perfect getaway for the day or weekend to enjoy the crisp, fall air with friends and family. Champlain Orchards is a place everyone will enjoy with lots to do!
  • Variety: At Champlain Orchards, their Orchard-Made Cider is crafted using locally sourced Vermont fruit. Overlooking Lake Champlain, their cidery presses, ferments, and crafts every cider at their orchard. With core and seasonal options, you will not be disappointed with the selection of ciders here!
  • Food: With over 115 apple options as well as pears, peaches, plums, and more, you will find the perfect snack to enjoy alongside your choice of cider! Champlain Orchards also offers delicious homemade donuts and pies to enjoy if you are craving a sweet treat.
     

Not able to make the trip to Vermont? Look no further than Mystic Wine Shoppe for all your cider needs! Take a quick ride to our shop in Arlington and browse our selection of ciders from Champlain Orchards.

Orchard Photos by Champlain Orchards

Who else is a sucker for apple cider this time of year? It’s basically at every grocery store and farm stand now until January (woohoo). So we’re taking advantage of this sweet and tasty drink adding in some rum and topping off with sparkling cider for a simple yet delicious cocktail!

You’ll love it!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 3 ounces dark rum, we used Plantation Original Rum
    • Tasting Notes: The rich and intense style of Jamaica and Barbados, with their notes of plum, banana, and vanilla, is enhanced by meticulous blending and further maturation, in France. The result is a profound structure spiced with notes of cinnamon and clove, whose smoky quality adds texture.
  • Splash of sparkling cider
  • Apple slices

 

Make:

  • Mix together apple cider and dark rum
  • Add a splash of sparkling cider
  • Top with apple slices

 

We hope this cocktail adds some joy to your fall!

Thanks for reading along!

 

The weather is cooling down, and Fall is right around the corner… yup, it’s officially pumpkin season!  We’re celebrating all season long with some amazing pumpkin beers. So stop in and grab some great pumpkin brews – you won’t be disappointed.

Here is a sample of the pumpkin beers we are carrying this season!

From Heavy Seas Brewery, The Great Pumpkin Beer is the perfect way to kick off fall! A pumpkin ale brewed with pumpkin and spices aged in Bourbon barrels; The Great’er Pumpkin is bound to put you in the fall mood!

From the Southern Tier Brewing Company, Pumking will recreate your favorite Thanksgiving dessert, Pumpkin Pie, in this beer. You will have to try this Imperial Pumpkin Ale and see how it compares to a true pumpkin pie!

Even more exciting than the Pumking beer from Southern Brewing Company is their Pumking Nitro Cans! The King of Pumpkin Beers is now in cans and on nitro! Pumking’s magical spell will electrify your senses as you hear, see, smell and taste Pumking Nitro.

The pumpkin beer options don’t stop! From Dogfish Head Brewery, this pumpkin ale is full-bodied with smooth hints of pumpkin, brown sugar, and spice! The perfect combination to create a pumpkin beer to enjoy when the weather starts to cool!

 

To celebrate the fall season, Shipyard Brewing Company has brought back their Pumpkinhead beer! With a blend of spices, including cinnamon and nutmeg, this beer is a must-try!

 Cisco Brewers, a Massachusetts favorite, has created their Pumple Drumkin beer this fall season! Brewed with pumpkin and spice, it is a great option to get you in the fall mood.

Last but not least, we have Wormtown Brewery’s Fresh Patch Pumpkin Ale in stock for the season. With pumpkin, spice, and a fun Halloween can, you will feel ready to take on the cold weather ahead while drinking this beer!

As you can see, we’re is stocked on all of the pumpkin beers you could want! So come stop by and pick some up for you and some friends to try and let us know what your favorite is!

The August sun is out… let’s go grab a beer! Based out of Malden, MA Idle Hands Brewery is the perfect option for a fun (& beer) filled summer’s day. Have you been?! We have been loving it and want you to as well!

  • Location: Conveniently located in Malden, a four-minute walk from the Malden Center stop on the MBTA Orange Line (20-minute ride from downtown Boston) and Haverhill Commuter Rail (10-minute ride from North Station.) This brewery is in the heart of Boston and is a perfect place to meet up with friends no matter where you are coming from.

  • Variety: At Idle Hands Brewery, they have a wide variety of in-house beers. Varying from their seasonal Endless Summer West Coast  IPA to their Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout–there is a beer for everyone at your party. They currently have 11 beers on tap.

  • Food: Cold beer and fried chicken…does it get any better than this? Every weekend at Idle Hands Brewery, they serve Hot Chix Boston (a local fried chicken restaurant) to be paired with their beers. It most definitely does not get better than that!

  • We Carry It: Want to give it a shot before going to the brewery? No problem. Here at Mystic Wine Shoppe, we carry their Four Seam Ale! Come by and pick up a 4-pack!

 

Brewery photos by: Idle Hands Brewery

This is one TASTY rum cocktail!  We wanted to use fresh fruits to create the tastiest rum punch around and I think we nailed it.  The trick to this great punch is using fresh-pressed juice. There is nothing quite as good as fresh juice.  Many of you may not have a juicer, so don’t panic, you can always use a strainer/muddler to get a similar juice or head to Whole Foods and pick up a pint.

The delicious dark rum from Bully Boy Distillers is smooth, making for a great accompaniment to any cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • 1 lime
  • A handful of fresh basil
  • 3 ounces of dark rum – we used The Rum Cooperative by Bully Boy Distillers
  • 2 ounces coconut water

Make:

  • Remove the skins from the pineapple and lime. Then cut up into small pieces.
    • Place in the juicer with basil
    • If you don’t have a juicer use a muddler and strainer to make your own juice
    • If you don’t have a muddler or strainer – head over to Whole Foods or another local store to grab fresh-pressed juice.
  • Mix juice, rum, and coconut water together
  • Pour over ice
  • Garnish with a pineapple wedge
  • Enjoy!

Check out the behind-the-scenes photos!

Have you ever used fresh juice to make cocktails? We highly recommend it. Not only is the juice tastier but there are far fewer preservatives and sugar in the juice.  Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s both carry fresh-pressed juices.

Let us know what you think of this one! We sure LOVED it.  It’s perfect on a hot day like today (it’s currently 95 degrees out).

Thanks for reading – Taylor

 

Happy summer, everyone!  We hope you’re enjoying this rainy weather (stop raining, please) and are enjoying spending time with friends and family. We have another easy yet tasty cocktail for you to make. The Blue Mint Margarita is for everyone who loves a good margarita but wants to make it just a little fancy. It’s super easy, refreshing, and perfect for any upcoming event you have.

Ingredients: Makes one margarita

  • 3 ounces Tequila – we love Espolón Blanco Tequila
  • 2 fresh squeezed limes
  • handful of blueberries
  • Splash of soda water
  • Fresh mint (Don’t have any of your own? We have some at the back entrance of our store – take some!)

Make:

  • Muddle the blueberries and mint
  • Add crushed ice
  • Squeeze the limes over ice
  • Pour in 3 ounces of tequila
  • Add a splash of soda water
  • Add fresh blueberries to top

Cheers! We hope you find this cocktail perfect for your summer celebrations!

Xo – Taylor, your MWS cocktail mixer/maker/drinker

 

 

This June we’re thrilled to feature Steve Bird’s Rosé and Manu Sauvignon Blanc as our wine specials of the month. We got a chance to catch up with Steve this Spring about their tasty wines.  Steve shares his thoughts and tasting notes in the video below.

Wine Tasting Notes:

  • Manu Rosé (New Zealand): The nose is subtle showing delicate aromas of raspberries and cherries, quince, and fragrant flowers. There is a remarkable balance of delicacy and fruit intensity on the palate. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is bright and vibrant, with refreshing acidity balanced by the fruit sweetness and very fine textures. Regular $14.99 on special $12.99
  • Manu Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand): Is vibrant and tasty, packed with flavors of lime, stone-fruit and fresh herbs. The palate is powerful and fruity showing refreshing acidity and pleasing weight in the mid-palate. The flavors all flow to a dry finish with impressive persistence Regular $13.99 on special $11.99 Scored 91 points Wine Enthusiast

Finally. The weather is warm, the deck’s been power washed. We’ve been vaccinated and we’re ready to get together with friends and neighbors to celebrate being…normal.
In my neighborhood, the first post-Covid gathering was last weekend at Dave and Denise’s house, where the hospitality is unsurpassed, the wine is plentiful and everyone always feels welcome.

It was a last-minute, let’s-see-what-the-weather-does invitation, so I made a platter of cold peanut noodles and picked up a couple of bottles of rose; Les Hauts Plateaux Alpes de Haute Provence Rosé 2020, to be specific. But don’t let the haughty name fool you; this is an affordable and deliciously approachable wine.

From Southwestern France, formerly part of the Provence region, this vineyard is drenched in sunshine. And you can taste it in the wine. Light with distinct fruit and berry notes, it paired well with cheeses served as appetizers and made my peanut noodles seem elegant. The beautiful pale pink (thanks to the addition of Syrah grapes) looks beautiful in a glass and caught the evening light. It’s great with food (we also had grilled chicken), but would be delightful to sip unaccompanied on a summer afternoon. Even my discerning French neighbor, Jerome, proclaimed the wine to be “fantastique!” And it is. This proves that you don’t have to spend a lot to get a very respectable bottle of wine with a label that looks like you spent a lot. And it’s French!

I am looking forward to many more neighborhood gatherings this summer. I’ll bring the Les Hauts plateau Alpes de Haute Rose. You can bring peanut noodles.

Here’s the recipe for Carol’s Noodles:

  • 2/3 cup Teddy’s smooth unsalted peanut butter
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup teriyaki sauce
  •  tablespoons brown sugar
  • Water to thin, as needed
  • Boil a pound of fresh Asian-style noodles (I use Hoy Toy). Cool by running under cold water. Toss noodles with half of the sauce. Arrange on a platter and garnish with: bean sprouts (or shredded cabbage) chopped mint and cilantro, chopped peanuts, and scallions.
  • Serve with remaining sauce and a glass of rosé.

By Carol Band