It’s the gift that never gets old. It’s practical. It will never clutter up your sock drawer. And it guarantees a fun night for all. It’s booze! Also known as: everyone’s favorite holiday gift! But don’t just run down to the local sockhop and grab whatever is nearest the door. To really do it right, why not select something with a sense of place? Rekindle favorites memories with a memorable drink. We’re Cape Codders so I’m giving this roundup a Cape Cod twist. Here are five locally produced beverages that are worth your while and will make a giver proud. Cheers!
Started by the folks at Truro Vineyards, SHS is the Cape’s first distillery (since Prohibition anyways), crafting small-batch gin and rum. Gift a friend a bottle of their Dry Line along with a Floradora recipe, the unsung hero of gin based cocktails, and wait for a thank you card in the mail. The Floradora: Muddle fresh raspberries in simple syrup, add an ample amount of gin, lime juice and then shake until properly chilled. Strain this beautiful pink liquid into an ice filled glass garnished with a lime wedge and whole raspberries.
This small craft brewery just opened in South Dennis in 2015 but is already generating buzz over their unique offerings including a German-style Kolsch, an ESB, and an IPA. I get a kick out of the names of their brews. Names like “Handline,” “Surfman’s Check,” “Pollock Rip,” and “Cross Rip,” are all specific references to Cape Cod’s maritime history.
Originally started in a basement, the Hyannis brewery has grown exponentially and now produces 12,000 barrels annually. Cape Cod Blonde Ale, Cape Cod Red, Cape Cod Porter, and Cape Cod IPA make up their year round staples, but they also produce seasonal and specialty beers.
Plymouth gets a bad rap cause it’s over the bridge but it definitely has some cool things going on, not the least of which is this micro-distillery located in the heart of town. They offer a couple Single Malt Whiskeys; vodkas in flavors like ginger and cranberry; rum; and something I (as a beekeeper) am particularly curious about: Krupnikas, a traditional Lithuanian Honey Liquor.
This Ptown-based Hard Cider producer is as local as it gets. Founded in late 2015, the final produce was just released this summer and we are loving it. They offer four different varieties so there is something for everyone. ‘Honey Baby’, I’m looking at you!