Fourth of July Cocktail: Teddy’s Old Fashioned

Rough Rider Bull Moose Rye Whiskey

Rough Rider Bull Moose Rye Whiskey is named after former president and Long Island native, Teddy Roosevelt, and the United States First Volunteer Cavalry whom the president organized himself. This diverse group of men were made up of cowboys, Indian fighters, outlaws, Eastern aristocrats, and Ivy League athletes – although very different, they all shared a common purpose: the pursuit of adventure, independence, and excellence.

What better way to celebrate our independence than with cocktail named after our 26th president and a rye whiskey named after the group he served with.

Teddy’s Old Fashioned

2 oz. Rough Rider Bull Moose Rye
1/2 oz. Pure Cane Syrup
Few dashes of Bitters

Shake or stir with ice; pour over ice with a barista stick and orange wheel garnish.

Pair with Blackened Swordfish.

Recipe & pairing from The Wine Group


Winter Warmer – Boozy Hot Chocolate

Here at the Grape Vine Liquor Store we love the traditional winter beverages like the Hot Toddy or Mulled Cider. But sometimes we like to try something a little different or put a spin on an old favorite: hot chocolate. Here is a fun recipe we found on that is the perfect end to a great meal or a nice reward after shoveling the driveway.

Guinness, Whiskey, and Baileys Hot Chocolate


1 (12-ounce) bottle Guinness
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
pinch kosher salt
3 cups whole milk
4 ounces milk chocolate chips
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
4 ounces Bailey’s
4 ounces Irish whiskey


  1. In a medium saucepan, cook Guinness over medium-high heat until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in milk, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture.
  3. Add Bailey’s followed by reduced Guinness and whiskey. Using a hand blender, milk frother, or whisk, whisk until frothy, pour into individual serving cups, and serve immediately.

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Dark n’ Stormy

Dark n’ Stormy’s are a New England standard around the beach and on the islands. But you don’t need to on a boat to enjoy this summer favorite and you only need two ingredients sold by The Grape Vine – Boxborough!

Dark n’ Stormy


  • 2.5 ounces Goslings Rum
  • Ginger Beer
  • Ice


  1. Fill glass up with ice
  2. Add Goslings Rum
  3. Fill glass with ginger beer
  4. Enjoy!
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Holiday Rum Punch

Does the weather outside look frightful? Or maybe you are having the in-laws over and need something to take the edge off? Here is a rum punch recipe from that will help you enjoy (or tolerate) the holiday season!


  • 6 orange(s)
  • clove(s)
  • 1 bottle rum
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/2 gallon sweet apple cider


Stud oranges with cloves and bake until they soften. Place them in a punch bowl and add rum and sugar. Set fire to the rum (Jamaican rum is recommended) and in a few minutes begin slowly adding cider, thus extinguishing the flames. Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg, and keep the mixture hot.

Recipe from

Tasty Thanksgiving Drinks for the Holiday!

The Grape Vine has great deals on fine wine, beer, and spirits. Here are some tasty Thanksgiving Drinks for your big meal or for your leftovers!


Monaco Friar – Credit

Monico Friar

  • Ice
  • 2 ounces Scotch
  • 1/2 ounce Bénédictine (brandy-based herbal liqueur)
    Note: Yellow Chartreuse or Drambuie could be used in its place
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 lemon twist for garnish

Instructions: Fill a chilled rocks glass with ice. Add the Scotch, Bénédictine and bitters; stir well. Garnish with the lemon twist.

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Red: Pinot Nior
Grape Vine Recommends: 24 Knots Pinot Nior

White: Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc
Grape Vine Recommends:
Chardonnay: Starmont; Sauvignon Blanc: Groth or Jordan


Saranac Winter Sampler (On Sale!)


Scotch: Macallen 12 Year Old Single Malt

Port: Fonseca Bin 28 Port

Pumpkin Old Fashioned

Photo by Leigh Jay Temple via Flicker

The Pumpkin Old Fashioned is perfect cocktail for the whiskey lover looking for something seasonal for Thanksgiving


2 tbsp. pumpkin puree
1 ½ oz. bourbon
1 oz. maple syrup
½ oz. Grand Marnier
dash orange bitters
Orange peel twist, for garnish


Combine pumpkin puree, bourbon, syrup, Grand Marnier and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with orange twist.

Recipe from