Despite the meteoric rise of craft beer, craft cider has remained relatively under the radar. But, Vermont’s Shacksbury Cider has become one of the industry’s leading cider producers beloved by folks across the country. After many collaborations and dabblings in the world of wine, it’s unsurprising that Shacksbury has launched an aperitif, albeit a non-alcoholic one. Mountain Tonic is made with a base of apple cider and a whole heaping of herbs and botanicals. Black currants, gentian, marjoram, cinnamon leaf, galangal, juniper berries, stinging nettle, and local honey. It’s lightly carbonated for a zippy, refreshing taste and it tastes great on its own or can be mixed with other spirits. For those trying out Dry January, it’s an ideal beverage with complex flavors that mimic your favorite aperitivo. And, you can save a bottle for February and top off some whiskey or gin with this beauty. Sadly Shacksbury has already sold out of bottles but keep an eye out for future releases of unique beverages like Terra a co-ferment blend of apple, grapes, and berries.

Holiday Outpost

After browsing this ultimate gifting destination for the last 30 minutes, we realized we could pretty much do all our holiday shopping in one place. This place. How nice! They’ve curated a list of 2022’s most coveted gifts that span from the chefs in your life to the outdoorsmen and indoorsmen alike. Stocking stuffers. Big gifts. Everything in between. E-gift cards for the last minute person you accidentally forgot to put on your list.  Everything in this Holiday Outpost helps you raise the bar on your gift giving this year.