See ya, summer, and hello, Fall!  Today we’re sharing five tasty and trendy fall cocktails, cause it’s still 2020 and we all could use a stiff cocktail.  Grab your quarantine buddies, put the game on, and start mixing up one of these fun cocktails. Cheers!

Ginger Pear Cocktail: recipe yields one drink

whiskey cocktail with rosemary

Pumpkin Old-Fashioned: recipe yields one drink

  • 11/2 oz bourbon whiskey
  • ½ oz orange liqueur
  • 1 oz maple syrup
  • Dash of aromatic bitters
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • Garnish with orange peel and or rosemary sprig
  • Shake ice, bourbon, orange liqueur, puree, syrup, and bitters-double strain-pour over ice-garnish-enjoy!
  • Source:  https://www.thespruceeats.com/pumpkin-old-fashioned-recipe-761379  

Apple Pie Moscow Mule on a table

Apple Moscow Mule: recipe yields two drinks

  • 4 oz local apple cider
  • 4 oz caramel vodka (or plain)
  • One bottle of ginger beer
  • Garnish with cinnamon sticks and or apples cut into slices
  • Shake vodka and cider- pour-over ice-top with ginger beer-garnish-enjoy!
  • Source: https://www.thecookierookie.com/apple-pie-moscow-mule/

apple cider sangria

Fall Sangria: recipe yields eight drinks

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 apples,1 pear, 1 orange (thinly sliced)
  • 2/3 cups pomegranate seeds
  • 1 bottle Pinot Grigio
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • ½ cup brandy
  • ¼ cup of orange juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Club soda
  • Put cinnamon sticks and fruit in a pitcher- add wine, apple cider, brandy, orange, and lemon juice- refrigerate for 6-8 hours-pour into glasses add a splash of club soda garnish with extra fruit-enjoy!
  • Source: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/apple-cider-autumn-sangria/

Cranberry Ginger Gin: recipe yields one drink

It’s going to be a great fall! Pick up the key ingredients for these cocktails at our Mystic Wine SHoppe and get ready to dive into the fall season. Thanks!

We’re not ready for summer to be over yet, so we’re savoring the last of summer with this mouth-watering sangria! Plus, with all that left-over fruit and half bottles of rosé from your Labor Day gatherings, this should be an easy cocktail to whip up! What we love about sangria is that it can be made in so many different ways. So check out our recipe, but please share your sangria concoction with us!

What makes this sangria so different is the use of rosé wine and a splash of vodka (cause, hey, it’s 2020).

 Floozie Rosé

  • Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup of fresh fruit (we had leftover fruit salad, so we used blueberries, strawberries, and peaches)
    • 3 ounces of rosé – we love Hugh Hamilton’s Floozie Rosé
    • Splash of vodka – we love Monkey Paradise Vodka
    • 2 ounces of sparkling water
    • Splash of orange juice
  • Make it: Mix all ingredients together in a fancy glass and enjoy

Tip: If you have more time, soak the fruit in rosé before adding to drink!

 

Let us know your favorite sangria recipe!

Thanks for following along!

Mystic Wine Shoppe

 

 

Summer isn’t over yet! In fact, we have a month left of HOT and sunny weather. So pull out your blender and mix up this month’s tasty and sweet Frozen Pina Colada. You, and your quarantine crew, won’t regret it!

This delicious cocktail recipe comes from Vera, our cocktail guru at MWS.  What makes this recipe so great? The ice cream… of course!

Ingredients:

  • Coconut Gelato | we used Häagen-Daz’s Pineapple Coconut | 1 scoop
  • 1 Oz of pineapple juice
  • .25 oz of Coco Lopez
  • 1.5 oz of Bacardi Silver
  • .25 Doc Brown Really Bad Dark Rum (more if you want to add a floater)
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • Maraschino Cherries and whipped cream for a garnish

Make: Add all ingredients into a blender and mix well. Garnish with a cherry and whipped cream

Want to make it a little more fun? Add a dark rum floater to the top of your drink!

We hope you LOVE this recipe! Thanks for reading!

Your friends, Mystic Wine Shoppe

Out on the far southeastern tip of Long Island is a playground of the rich called “The Hamptons.” It’s rumored that there, every summer, the rosé flows like water. That’s how Hampton Water Rosé got its name. And yeah, it was launched by rocker Jon Bon Jovi and his son, who wisely partnered with acclaimed French winemaker Gérard Bertrand to create a wine that is much better than the mid-life anthem “It’s My Life.” Made in France, with a blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 15% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah, the wine was proclaimed “Best Rosé of 2018” by Wine Spectator.


I didn’t know that when I picked it up, I just liked the label, which features an illustration of a woman diving into the water. So, even though my tastes edge more toward Salisbury Beach than Sag Harbor, I brought a bottle of Hampton Water to accompany a weekend with my adult kids on a lake in New Hampshire. It was almost 5pm when my daughter and I brought some snacks down to the dock and opened the bottle.

The sun was low, the water was sparkling and the wine was cold and delicious. I’ve found that some rosés can be too sweet, others a little harsh—a little alcohol-forward. This wasn’t. It was fruity and fresh and bold enough to stand up to ice cubes and even a splash of seltzer (hey, the day was still young!). We were impressed with the bottle’s glass stopper and we loved the way the wine tasted with sweet dark cherries and as well as with Irish cheddar. It even went with Cheez-Its (as I said, we’re not in the Hamptons).

After a glass each, we decided to try to recreate the picture on the label by diving off the dock. Our attempts resulted in a few stinging belly flops and exuberant splashes that damped the Cheez-Its. That’s when we decided that not only does Bon Jovi makes a very nice wine, but he was right: ‘We ain’t gonna live forever.” So we climbed out of the water, toweled off, and finished the bottle. Like the man says “It’s now or never.” We choose now.

By Carol Band (our local wine connoisseur)

Ready for a DELICIOUS, refreshing, and hydrating cocktail?! If so, then look no further than our July Cocktail of The Month. The Summer Cucumber Spritzer was created using one of the finest cucumber vodkas we carry, V-One Vodka. This vodka is infused with real Polish ‘ogórek’ cucumbers with just a hint of Meyer lemon to create a truly refreshing and drinkable flavored vodka. 

Seriously – it’s an amazing vodka!

Did we convince you to make this yet? Keep reading for how to make and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of V-One Vodka – Cucumber Flavored
  • 1 cup of soda water – we used Perrier (ginger beer is also a good choice too)
  • 2 lime wedges (one squeezed and one for garnish)
  • A hint of lemonade juice to sweeten it up (any juice would work)

Make: Mix it all together and enjoy it on a sunny warm day!

We hope you find yourself sipping this cocktail along the beautiful coast of somewhere soon! If you do, please be sure to tag us on social media at @MysticWineShop

Thanks, Taylor – Your cocktail & marketing expert 😉

 

 

This cocktail is PERFECT for hot summer days and with added health benefits from the fresh watermelon juice, there is nothing not to love about this tasty cocktail. You know our style, easy and delicious, and while this cocktail does take some muddling work, I assure you, it’s worth it. The fresh juice from the watermelon really makes a big difference, plus the little chunks of watermelon add to the complexity of the drink.

Make it today –

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Tequila (we love Milagro)
  • An ounce of Soda Water
  • Splash of lemonade
  • 1 ounce of fresh watermelon (we used about 3 small slices to muddle for 2 drinks)
  • 1 fresh lime
  • A handful of fresh mint

 

 

Make:

  • Start off by cutting up the watermelon and putting it in a jar, muddle it and add juice from 1 lime, mint and tequila (let it soak for about 10 minutes)
  • Add lemonade to the jar and shake
  • Pour mixture over ice and top with soda water
  • Enjoy!

There are no hard or fast rules to making this or any cocktail! Add more soda water or juice if you want. Get creative and just remember to have a good time!

We hope you enjoy it! Please tag us in your photos.

Thanks and have a great day.

Taylor from Mystic Wine Shoppe

 

 

The warm weather is here, and that means one thing – it’s margarita season! Our marketing master, Taylor of Creative TK Consulting, continues to whip up some delicious cocktails that are easy-to-make and delicious.

This month Taylor got festive at home by whipping up a Blackberry Lime Margarita, she even let her 3-yr old help by mixing the drink. Don’t worry, no toddlers had anything to drink, Gracie just mixed it up to help, cause let’s face it, with no childcare these days, our kids have become a part of our EVERY minute. 😉

Blackberry Lime Margarita

  • Ingredients:
    • 3 oz of Tequila (we love Espolón Tequila)
    • 1 cup of sparkling Limeade (found at Trader Joe’s)
    • 4-5 fresh blackberries
    • 2-3 fresh lime wedges
    • Ice

  • Mix it up!
    • Place blackberries in the bottom of a glass and muddle (don’t have a cocktail muddle at home, don’t worry, just be creative… Taylor used the end of a kids paintbrush to get the job done!)
    • Pour the tequila and lime juice together
    • Squeeze your limes into drink to taste
    • Mix together
    • Drink and enjoy!

Thanks for following along, Cheers!

Yeah, yeah…these are uncertain times. The only thing we can count on here on Bartlett Avenue is our Friday evening social distancing block party. We depend on it because these days our sanity hinges on ninety minutes of genuine human contact, which is made even more delicious with the addition of wine.

But times being tenuous, and this being May in New England, we know that although the block party is a certainty, the weather is anything but predictable. So it was last Friday when we fired up the barbecue, cranked up the music and piled on winter coats, gloves, and facemasks and joined our friends and neighbors for a chilly, overcast celebration of another week of successful isolation.

There were touchless, tooth-picked bites of sausage and cheese, a variety of beer, a bottle of optimistically chilled rose, and several red wines — including the one that I brought—a 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon from Eg by Educated Guess of the Roots Run Deep Vineyard in Napa, California. I like the name, which the vineyard founder, Mark Albrecht, says reflects how he approaches winemaking—weighing what he knows (what grapes grow well where and when to harvest) against what could go wrong (wacky weather, insects). He says that it’s similar to the process that we go through when we buy a bottle of wine.


We use what we know (I like the label), we call on our experience (I had a Cabernet Sauvignon that I liked last week) and we make an educated guess. Hence the name and a label adorned with mathematical equations. Not to be confused with the slightly pricier version, the Eg line is produced with grapes sourced from California’s North Coast. The result is a very drinkable (and affordable!) wine with a whiff of blackberry and vanilla.

It was a hit with my neighbor the musician, it was a home run with my friend the real estate agent and my next-door neighbor, who is from France, where they practically invented wine, gently lifted his face mask, took a sip and pronounced the Eg Cabernet Sauvignon “Magnifique!” There’s no guesswork required to know that this is a wine that I’ll be happy to drink for the duration of social isolation or sip with friends when we get back to normal. And, if I had to make an educated guess, I’d say that will be soon.

Thanks for following along, Carol (one of our local wine connoisseur)