Fall for Cocktails

Variety of cocktails ranging from sweet to spiced.Mixologists — and regular folks who like cocktails — rejoice! Our market offers purveyors of flavorful spirits and handcrafted ingredients that make cocktails sparkle and are sure to keep you warm this autumn. Big shout outs go to Deb Counts-Tabor of Sage & Sea Farms for her shrub guidance and Lance Kuebler of New Deal Distillery for mixing it up with me! As you sip these liquid gems, peruse their websites — as well as Portland Bitters Project — for additional drink recipes.

Important: these vendors aren’t at our market every week, so stock up on your New Deal Distillery, Sage & Sea Farms and Dancing Light Ranch items this weekend. Portland Bitters Project will be at the market on October 15, so you can buy your bitters then. Cheers!

Sweet as Cherry Rye

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 4 ounces of New Deal Distiller’s Workshop Rye Whiskey (this is a single-barrel release that is only available at New Deal’s tasting room and farmers markets!)*
  • 2 ounces Sage & Sea Farms’ Cherry Ginger Shrub*

* available at the market

Set out two cocktail glasses, and pour one ounce of cherry ginger shrub and two ounces of rye into each glass. Stir. Add ice and serve. Perfection.

Lavender Elegance

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 2 ounces Dancing Light Ranch’s Lavender Simple Syrup mix*
  • 4 ounces New Deal Distillery Portland Dry Gin 33*
  • 2 ounces of fresh lemon juice (about two lemons) – see recipe before squeezing
  • 4 Tablespoons superfine sugar for rims
  • ⅔ cup sparkling water

* available at the market

Prepare lavender simply syrup according to package directions. Set aside to cool completely. Cut two 1/8-inch round slices out of the center of one lemon and set them aside for garnish. Cut a thin wedge of lemon and run around the rims of two glasses to moisten, then rim them with sugar. Squeeze lemons to collect two ounces of juice. Place 1 ounce of lemon juice, 1 ounce of lavender simple syrup and 2 ounces of gin into each glass. Add ⅓ cup of sparkling water to each glass and stir gently. Add ice, garnish with round lemon slices and serve.

Spiced Cocoa Nut

Makes 2 cocktails

  • 8 drops of Portland Bitters Project Super Spice bitters*
  • 4 ounces New Deal Distillery Mud Puddle Bitter Chocolate Vodka *
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • Cinnamon for dusting

* available at the market

This is a perfect go-to warmer on a chilly fall evening. Heat the almond milk in a saucepan on low until steaming. If you use unsweetened almond milk, stir in 2 Tablespoons of sugar until dissolved. Remove from heat and use an immersion hand blender to create some froth. Divide the bitters and Mud Puddle equally into two mugs. Pour one cup of almond milk into each mug, holding back the froth with a spoon. Spoon froth over top and dust with cinnamon. Mmmm.

In the market for other hot drinks? New Deal also brings us Ginger Liqueur, which is a delicious addition to hot apple cider or hot tea.

Written by KJ Fields. She writes about people, projects and health from her place in Woodstock.

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