3 Spooky Cocktails

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It’s the spookiest time of year and our staff at Mystic Wine Shoppe is getting in the spirit!  Today we’re excited to share 3 delicious cocktail recipes with you to celebrate Halloween. Stop in and get all your liquor needs… we also carry great pumpkin beers and red wines that would be equally as good for celebrating.

Purple People Eater Cocktail by Homemade Hooplah

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Mr. Hyde Potion by HGTV

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Smoking Skulls Halloween Cocktail by HGTV

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We wish you a safe and happy Halloween!

~ Mystic Wine Shoppe

 

 

Grand Wine Tasting Recap

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This past weekend we held our first Grand Wine Tasting event. The event featured five of our wonderful wine reps who sampled 25 wines for over 2 hours! It was a huge success!  We saw a lot of new faces, with some guests coming as far as the south shore. Our entire team cannot thank everyone enough for joining us… we had a blast!

Check out our photos below and join us for our next wine tasting at Mystic Wine Shoppe this Saturday.  Can’t make it… we host a beer and wine tasting every weekend, so stop by sometime this fall and sample some great wines and brews with us.

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Thanks again to everyone who joined us! We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Mystic Wine Shoppe Team

October’s Coffee & Crème Cocktail

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This month’s Coffee & Crème Cocktail is a tasty one! Just think about sipping this delicious creamy cocktail after a day of apple picking, foliage hunting or cheering on The Patriots! It’s not to be missed.

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Ingredients:

  • Vermont Ice Maple Crème Liquor: A premium cream liqueur made from Boyden Estate Maple Syrup and Apple Brandy produced from Vermont grown apples. Vermont Ice Maple Crème is extra smooth with an exquisite mouthfeel and pronounced maple flavor.
  • Coffee (iced or hot depending on your mood).
  • Additional ingredients: Sweeten to your liking with brown sugar or maple syrup.

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How to make:

  • This one is an easy one! Mix together Vermont Ice Maple Crème Liquor with your iced or hot coffee and shake in a cocktail shaker.
  • We used 1 shot of liquor with 1 cup of coffee and it was delicious!
  • To get the frothy floater, all you need to do is spoon out the foam from the cocktail shaker.

Want another recipe for this liquor? Check out the Boyden Estate’s Better Than Sex Cocktail

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We hope this sparked your imagination for a great fall cocktail. We look forward to seeing you soon!

–Mystic Wine Shoppe

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Hugh Hamilton Fall Wine Tasting

We’re always so thankful (and excited) when Hugh Hamilton personally comes to Mystic Wine Shoppe (from Australia) to host a wine tasting.  This weekend was no exception, and we had a great turn out for our Saturday tasting with Hugh. We encourage you to visit the Hugh Hamilton Wines website to learn more about their delicious wines, which can only be found at Mystic Wine Shoppe (out of the US)… How lucky are we?!

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Thanks for reading – Mystic Wine Shoppe

 

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Newburyport Brewing Company

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A new season is upon us and we’re excited to announce our first local BREWERY SPOTLIGHT! We carry many craft brews and want to make it easier for you to decide which beers to take home. This week, we’re featuring the amazing Newburyport Brewing Co. out of Newburyport, MA

Newburyport Brewing Co.’s doors have been open since 2012 and we absolutely love carrying their line of delicious brews. Their brewery aims to capture the essence of Newburyport’s quaint seaside character across a line of the highest quality, best tasting, craft beer products.

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This brewery is also known for all-natural beers for people love music and the great outdoors. They host many events with local businesses like Metzy’s Cantina on Thursdays and you can also enjoy live music in their Tap Room!

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Newburyport Brewing is kid and dog friendly, too! This past weekend, we stopped by Barks n’ Brews, a fundraising event they hosted with Sweet Paws Rescue. We love how involved they are in their community and we hope you’ll sip local and try out the array of beers we carry by them at Mystic Wine Shoppe.

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Try out their year-round beers:

  • Melt Away Sessions IPA
  • Plum Island Belgian White
  • Newburyport Pale Ale
  • Greenhead IPA
  • Maritime Lager

Or their special small batch series available on draft in their Tap Room:

  • Joppa Grande
  • Double IPA

Happy Drinking!

-Mystic Wine Shoppe

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Our “Go Patriots” Custom Cocktail

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Who’s ready for football season to begin?! We’re celebrating the Pats opening week with our custom “Go Patriots” cocktail. It’s our custom cocktail of the month and we’re pretty excited for this easy-to-make and extremely tasty (and colorful) cocktail.  Ready to make your own? Follow our instructions below and head into Mystic Wine Shoppe for your liquor needs.

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Ingredients: We did two variations for this cocktail so you can make both or just one… its your choice!

  • Triple Eight Cranberry Vodka and/or Triple Eight Blueberry Vodka
  • Soda Water (we used regular soda water but flavored soda water would be delicious as well)
  • Frozen cranberries and blueberries (we found a bag at Whole Foods)
  • Patriots cups or attire and a winning attitude!

Lets get mixing:

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Step 1: Pour about a shot of Triple Eight Cranberry Vodka and/or Triple Eight Blueberry Vodka into a cup ice (both vodka flavors have beautiful coloring and smell divine)

Step 2: Add soda water of choice

Step 3: Add frozen berries

Step 4: Get ready to cheer on the Pats (check out their schedule here)

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Remember… have fun with it!  We added frozen berries to the drink as well as using festive drink flags.   (Click here to learn how to make your own)

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We hope you enjoy this delicious custom cocktail! Enjoy the Patriots season and please stop into Mystic Wine Shoppe for all your beer, wine and liquor needs. We have a large variety of everything and can usually get something (if we don’t have it) at your request.

Thanks for reading along 🙂 Cheers

Mystic Wine Shoppe

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Champagne Vs. Processo

champagne collageProsecco and champagne are the two sparkling wines most commonly associated with celebrations! They are both similar and different in several important areas. To help you understand the difference between the two we’re breaking down each one below  –

    • Prosecco
      • Come from the Italian regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, is made from the Glera(Prosecco) grape with up to 15% other white grapes allowed.
      • It is available in three different styles, spumante(sparkling), frizzante(semi-sparkling) and tranquillo(still wine).
      • It is produced using the Charmat or bulk method where the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in large steel tanks.
      • Prosecco typically has a lighter mouthfeel and more subtle flavors than champagne.
    • Champagne
      • Comes from the Champagne region of France although many fine sparkling wines from other countries borrow the name.
      • Champagne uses three main grapes which can be blended in combination or produced singly. The grapes are Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
      • The types include Blanc de Blanc, Blanc de Noir and Rose and several other less common types. Several different styles ranging from bone dry “brut” to slightly sweet “Demi Sec” are produced.
      • The secondary fermentation occurs in the individual bottles requiring more time and attention than Prosecco’s bulk method.
      • Flavors are usually more pronounced than those of Prosecco.

We hope this helps you understand the difference between Prosecco and Champagne. We love each one and think either one would have worked well for viewing the recent eclipse. Stock up now for the next solar eclipse due in 2024!

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Our Custom Rosé Grapefruit Cocktail

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Our last blog post (7 delicious rosé cocktails) inspired us to create our very own Rosé Cocktail!  This refreshing cocktail was created for hot summer days and cool nights with family & friends.  We had a blast mixing up this concoction and think you will love it. Grab the recipe below and start mixing up the Mystic Wine Shoppe Rosé Grapefruit Cocktail today!

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  • Ingredients:
    • Grapefruit Vodka (we used Belvedere Grapefruit Vodka)
    • A bottle of Rosé (we used Esprite Gassier)
    • Italian Blood Orange Soda (we used Villa Italia from Trader Joe’s)
    • Club soda
    • Optional: Fresh lime, Grapefruit and mint

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  • Directions: for one serving
    • Mix together a shot of Grapefruit vodka, 1/2 cup of Italian Soda, 3/4 cup of Rosé and add in a splash of club soda – all ingredients can be increased or decreased depending on how strong you want your cocktail
    • Add ice (if you want to get fancy with your ice cubes check this out)
    • Optional: squeeze a lime wedge and grapefruit wedge into the cocktail
    • Add mint and grapefruit wedge for garnish

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We hope you enjoy this delicious cocktail! Stop into Mystic Wine Shoppe and let us help you find the perfect Rosé for this cocktail (or any other cocktail you may be craving.)

Keep watching for next month’s cocktail!

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