Featured Drinks

“Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.” – Frank Sinatra

New Gins to Try!

New Gins to Try

Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin

Mad of juniper and raw honey. It’s a refreshing gin that is easy – even for gin novices to wrap their heads around. Every element of the gin is preset, well done, clearly identifiable and as an added bonus well balanced. The nose is subtle and understated. A slight sweet and mild juniper note is evident but quiet. The taste is simple and elegant.  On the palate it begins with a lot of smoothness, when suddenly a bouquet of almost floral sweetness hits you.

Edinburgh gin

A storied history, Edinburgh was an epicenter of distillation in the 1700’s this gin was launched in 2010 and is distilled with the classic gin botanicals (juniper, coriander, citrus peel, angelica and orris root) plus the edition of Scottish juniper, pine, heather and milk thistle. With a nod to the art deco style of the 1920’s the simple bottle design is a classic. On the nose it opens up with aromas of walking though a forest on a crisp fall day.

Gin Mare Artisanal gin

Gin mare has long been the reference point for a gin that’s pushed the boundary of what a gin could taste like.  They start by distilling many botanicals independently such as rosemary, thyme, olive, basil and a citrus blend of Seville oranges and Lleida lemons. Its savory and unusually but balanced; and made in the small Spanish fishing town of Villanova just outside of Barcelona.

Sipsmith London Dry Gin

“ Sipsmith: where old meets new and the 2 hit it off really quite spectacularly” Sipsmith Sam

The quintessential expression of a classic traditional London dry gin. Bold, complex, and aromatic. Botanicals blended are Macedonian juniper berries, Bulgarian coriander seed, French angelica root Spanish liquorice root, Italian orris root, Spanish almonds, Chinese cassia bark, Madagascan cinnamon and Seville oranges.

Dry Line Truro Cape Cod Gin

Named after the juniper producing eastern Red Cedar that is grown here and embodies Yankee ingenuity, from its inventive recipe to the self- taught virtuosity of its distillers. Infused with a selection of Cape Cod Botanicals, including eastern Red Cedar Juniper berries found on the Truro property and angelica root grown by a local farmer, dry line gin is the best of the Cape in a bottle.

Distillery No. 209 Gin, San Francisco

The bouquet is nicely citrus forward with a juniper backstop with a nicely aromatic mix of botanicals. Smooth, citrusy, with the lemon and bergamot providing lighter notes and with the juniper being a bit more restrained. Slightly oily appearance to body (sign of quality) without separating.

Rustic Spirits Margarita

RUSTIC SPIRITS MARGARITA

Featured Cocktail

Rustic Spirits Handcrafted Margarita –  This is a handmade cocktail bottled by Vytas. It is not too sweet, made with all natural ingredients but with an alcohol content of 23% this makes the prefect balanced Margarita and all you have to do is pour.

Rustic Spirits margarita

The Story….

 It all started with a small bucket and a few limes

Hi, I’m Vytas. I arrived to America from my homeland, Lithuania, with nothing, rustic spiritsbut my dreams. My quest to create the perfect margarita started almost a ten years ago, when I would spend countless hours in my basement, tweaking my recipe. All ingredients were handcrafted; I even distilled the tequila and the citrus liqueur. All day, every day was spent working on margaritas, thinking about margaritas, and dreaming about margaritas.

My life’s savings went into my business. I started traveling to the agave fields in Mexico regularly to hand pick the plants from which I would distill my tequila. I built a margarita factory, hammering every nail and designing and installing all of the equipment. There’s a room off the back where I sleep, since I make margaritas all day and all night. READ MORE

Our Favorite Sangria and Punch Recipes

Tiki Punch

We showcased this fabulous punch at the Pilgrim Hall Museum Summer Party Fundraiser years ago and ever since our customers have asked for the recipe. This is a fan fave.

  • 1 oz. (30ml) White Rum
  • 1 oz. (30ml) Dark Rum
  • 1/2 oz. (15ml) Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz. (15ml) Grenadine
  • 1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Orange Juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Pineapple Juice
  • Cherries & Pineapple Slices for garnish

Put all the ingredients together into a large drink dispenser or punch bowl and garnish with fresh cherries and pineapple slices.

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Milagro Sangria

Jaime Salas our favorite Mixologist and Milagro Brand Ambassador used to join us for a special summer sunset cruise every summer featuring Milagro

  • 1.5oz  Milagro Reposado
  • .5 oz Crème de Casis
  • 3 fresh blackberries
  • .75oz agave nectar
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • .75oz red wine  (We love it with Malbec!)

Muddle nectar, lemon juice and berries. Pour rest of ingredients and shake with ice, stain and pour in a red wine glass full of ice. Garnish with blackberries and a lemon twist.

To make a batch for multiple folks multiply the ingredients by number of servings with the exception of blackberries. Take one third of the amount you would use per cocktail per person and throw into a blender with a little water and blend. Then double strain and add to the Sangria “punch”.

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Peachy White Sangria

  • 4 (750 milliliter) bottles moscato wine
  • 4 (12 fluid ounce) cans or bottles lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite(R))
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup peach schnapps
  • 2 fresh peaches, pitted and sliced
  • 1 (16 ounce) package fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 mangos – peeled, seeded, and sliced
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple – peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
  1. Stir moscato wine, lemon-lime soda, brandy, peach schnapps, peaches, strawberries, mangos, pineapple chunks, and raspberries together in a large container and chill 8 hours or overnight.

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Gordo’s Summer Sangria

  • 1.5 gallons of Fruity Red Wine
  • 2 oz simple syrup
  • 4 oz peach schnapps
  • 1 bottle of Spanish cava
  • Fresh oranges, strawberries, peaches, lemons and limes
  • Couple Dashes of Orange Bitters

Combine all ingredients and keep chilled for several hours and add Cava right before serving.

New Spin on Classic Cocktails

Looking for something new? Try these new spins on classic cocktails to mix up any party or gathering.

Sorel

A New Spin on Classic Cocktails

This is a hibiscus infused liquor that shows complex background notes of cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg. Very popular in the Caribbean, Sorel also shows a beautiful hibiscus pink color. Great for mixing with cocktails and adding to recipes. Here are two classic cocktails to blend Sorel with.

The Sorel Manhattan Cocktail

Using a 3 to 1 ratio of whiskey Rye or bourbon to Sorel (substitute for standard sweet vermouth) then add 3 dashes of orange bitters and a mull a cherry. Serve straight up by straining into a martini glass or pour into a rocks glass (dirty ice and all). An impressive cocktail every time.

Sorel Margarita Cocktail

Made the same way as a classic margarita but substitute triple sec/ Cointreau for Sorel hibiscus infused liquor. Also add a bar spoon of orange marmalade preserves for a new twist.

  1. Rim a double rocks glass with fleur el salt with Ice and set aside.
  2. In a shaker, add premium tequila and Sorel 3 to 1 ratio
  3. Shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds.
  4. Strain over ice into the double rocks glass.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge *do not use sour mix in this cocktail

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Napoleon Mandarine

Mandarine Napoléon is an exquisite, well-balanced blend of mandarins and refined 10-year-old aged cognac. Dating back to the early 1800s, and its roots stemming from the hands of Napoléon Bonaparte, the liqueur’s history is as rich as its distinctive flavor. The drink was custom made for Napoléon, after the emperor came across chemist Antoine-François de Fourcroy, known for his extraordinary skill of distilling. It was not until 1892, after the two had died, that the liqueur was introduced to the public. 94 Points Wine Enthusiast

Napoleon Old FashionedA New Spin on Classic Cocktails

  • 1.5 oz Mandarine Napoléon
  • 1.5 oz Bourbon
  • Angostura bitters

Put the bitters and orange zest in glass with 2 ice cubes, add Mandarine Napoléon and Bourbon and stir. Add another 2 ice cubes plus product and stir. Repeat this for 4 minutes. Glass: Tumbler Garnish: Orange zest

Nepoleon Cosmo

  • .75 oz Mandarine Napoléon
  • 1.25 oz Lemon flavored Vodka
  • .75 oz Cranberry juice
  • .5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

Shake all the ingredients withice and fine strain in a chilledglass. Glass: Cocktail glass
Garnish: Flamed Orange Zest

 

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Pavan Liqueur

A New Spin on Classic Cocktails

Pavan is a liqueur made from Muscat grape and a touch of orange blossom in the South of France.

 

Pavan Mint Julep

  • 1 part Pavan Liqueur de France
  • 1 part Bourbon
  • 1 part Apricot nectar
  • 3/4 part Lemon juice
  • 1/2 part Cinnamon syrup
  • 6-8 Mint leaves

Add all ingredients into a blender for 15 seconds. Strain over crushed ice into a julep tin and garnish with mint.

 

Monaco Margarita

  • 2 parts Pavan Liqueur de France
  • 2 parts Silver Tequila
  • 1/2 part Fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 part Fresh lime juiceGarnish with or without salt. Shake and strain into ice-filled rocks glass.

New Amsterdam Vodka

Join us for a tasting this friday August 15th from 3-6 p.m. we will be trying some fabulous New Amsterdam cocktails! We will be giving away a free 2 Liter of soda with a purchase of a New Amsterdam Vodka 1.75L. Here are a few fun ideas for shaking up the weekend!

 

Bellini on steroids

1 Part New Amsterdam Peach Vodka

3 Parts LaMarca Prosecco

Combine all liquid in a Champagne Flute and serve

New Amsterdam Lemon/Berry Twist

1.5oz New Amsterdam Citron Vodka

.5oz Raspberry Liqueur

Finish with Lemonade

Fill rock/6 oz. highball glass with ice

Mix all ingredients, shake and serve

 

New Amsterdam Orange Ball

1.5oz New Amsterdam Vodka

1.5oz Orange Juice

.5oz Grenadine

Mix all ingredients in a high ball glass filled with ice shake, top and stir with ginger ale

New Amsterdam Coco Breeze

1.5oz new Amsterdam Coconut vodka

3oz Pineapple juice

Combine all ingredients with ice in shaker

Shake well & serve

Garnish with pineapple slice

New Amsterdam Citron & Soda

1.5oz New Amsterdam Citron vodka

4oz Club soda

Fill glass with ice mix ingredients

Gently stir

Garnish with lemon wedge

 

New Amsterdam Berry Treasure

1.5oz New Amsterdam Red Berry Vodka

.5oz White Cream de Coca

3oz Lemonade

Fill glass with ice mix ingredients

Shake Vigorously

 

New Amsterdam Peach Palmer 

2 oz New Amsterdam peach vodka

2 oz  Sweet Tea

2  oz lemonade

 

Something New and Fresh!

Try one of these fun cocktails and as always stop by Pioppi’s to grab all of the spirits needed to create these fresh concoctions.

Elderflower Mojito

Ingredients

  • 4 blackberries
  • 4 mint sprigs
  • 3 lime wedges
  • 1.5 ounces Dunc’s Mill Elderflower Rum
  • 1 lime wedge (for garnish)
  • 1 mint sprig (for garnish)
  • Club soda or sparkling water

Directions
Muddle blackberries, mint sprigs and lime wedges in a highball glass. Add rum. Fill with ice. Top with club soda.
Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig.

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Mama’s Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Mama Walkers Blueberry Pancakes
  • 4 parts Lemonade

Build in a collins glass.

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Green Apple Tartz

Ingredients

  • 1 part Three Olives TARTZ™ Vodka
  • 2 parts apple juice

Mix all ingredients together with ice & serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a green apple slice.

January Featured Spirits

Fun Featured Cocktails

Try one of these featured drinks as they are sure to warm up any cold winter afternoon!

Hot Cherry
  • 1 part Fireball Whisky
  • 1 part Grey Goose Cherry Noir® vodka
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Shake all ingredients and serve over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.

 Connection

  • 1.5 oz. Ciroc Coconut
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • 3/4 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 oz St Germain Liquor