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Green Mountain Mule

Photo by Brett Harrewyn

Photo by Brett Harrewyn

You’ll want to use a good-quality ginger beer rather than ginger ale, whose sugariness will overpower the subtle maple flavor. Think spicy winter tang, not summery sweetness.

Yield: 1 serving

1½ ounces straight bourbon
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
4½ ounces ginger beer

In a highball glass, combine the bourbon, lime juice and maple syrup, stirring gently to dissolve the syrup. Add the ginger beer and some ice, then garnish with a slice of lime.

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Daily Tonic and Hot Toddy

Daily Tonic

This invigorating beverage gives the body a gentle wake-up call. Try it either first thing in the morning or during the post-prandial afternoon dip in energy. It will stimulate lymphatic circulation, helping to cleanse the fluids of the body and reduce sinus congestion.

½ cup freshly pressed apple cider (I like Shelburne Orchards Ginger Jack for its warming, digestive kick.)
1 cup water
3 tablespoons unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
Juice of 1 lime

Combine in a 16-ounce glass container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Hot Toddy

A lovely, relaxing beverage to enjoy around the fire, you can customize this warming concoction to delight your guests.

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
¼ cup water
2 teaspoons raw honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Juice of 1 lemon
Optional: ½ ounce whiskey (Might I suggest Vermont’s own WhistlePig Rye.)

Mix these well in a small pot. Heat gently and drink to your health.


Photo by Brent Harrewyn

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Vermont Manhattan


Yield: 1 serving

  • 1½ ounces WhistlePig Rye
  • ½ ounce Orleans (or to taste)
  • ½ dropper each of Urban Moonshine Maple and Original Bitters
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon local honey simple syrup (or to taste)
  • 1 WhistlePig-soaked cherry

Pour the liquid ingredients into a shaker together with four to five cubes of ice. Shake or stir. If you like your Manhattan up, strain into your favorite cocktail glass. If you prefer it on the rocks, pour the contents of the shaker into a highball. Those who like a “perfect” or dry Manhattan can leave out the simple syrup.

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Photo by Carol Sullivan


My friend Jackie came up with this concoction for a hot summer day. She describes it as “dangerously refreshing” since it is a delicious thirst quencher that nonetheless has enough vodka to all but guarantee a lazy summer afternoon. You could, of course, omit the vodka if you were intending to be more productive.

1 teaspoon currant syrup (store-bought or see above for making it yourself )
1 tablespoon mango juice
Big squeeze each of fresh lime and lemon
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces plain seltzer

Combine currant syrup, mango juice, lime and lemon juice and vodka in a tall glass and stir. Add seltzer and then ice.

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