“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” ― Thoreau

Although we’ll make any excuse to hop in the 1933 Ford pickup, we’re loading it up with our last autumn bounty of baldwin apples.

What the Concord is among grapes, what the Bartlett has been among pears, the Baldwin is among apples. The Baldwin apple was once the most praised fruit in New England, but after a harsh winter in 1934, Baldwin apple trees sadly perished.

This of course would not discourage us from finding them for our brandy.

Luckily, our friends at Applehurst Farm Vegetables have one of the oldest surviving Baldwin orchards in the area. We arrived at the farm, eager with empty baskets. They lead us down a beautiful pasture which lead to what we considered to be the Baldwin apple jackpot. We set giant blue tarps down on the grass to minimize bruising, and to keep the fresh apples separate from spoiled ones that have already fallen. The old trees were heavy with fruit so a few good shakes sent apples raining down on the tarps.

After a few hours, and of course some heavy taste testing, we managed to harvest nine bushels.  These coveted Baldwin apples will be making their way to the cider house to be pressed, and then turned into the next Tamworth Distilling apple spirit.

There’s a perfect gift for everyone on your list at Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile. Shop our bottles, bitters, and bar tools for unique gifts that make spirits even brighter.

Find a perfect gift within our guides, or build an eclectic gift set on your own!

For the Old Soul – The perfect gift for the Old Fashioned cocktail enthusiast

  • Tamworth Garden Eau De Vie – A sweet unaged brandy made solely from Cortland & McIntosh apples. Enjoy it in place of whiskey and brandy in your favorite classic cocktails.
  • Tamworth Distilling Monogram Rocks Glass – The perfect vessel for slow sipping cocktails.
  • Urban Moonshine Orange Bitters – A two in one bitter and citrus potion, great for when you don’t have fresh citrus on hand.
  • Jack Rudy ROOT Cocktail Cherries – These cherries infused with Art in the Age ROOT add a happy ending to every cocktail.

For the Gardener – Fresh picked gifts for the green thumb on your list

  • Tamworth Garden Apiary Gin – A unique gin that pays homage to our local bees, infused with poplar buds, clover, and local raw honey.
  • The Drunk Botanist by Amy Stewart – A New York Time’s Bestseller about the plants that create our favorite drinks.
  • Local Honey – A sweet taste of New Hampshire. Try sweetening your cocktails with honey, instead of simple syrup!
  • Creamore Mill Gardening Tools – Successfully begin every garden with Creamore Mill’s quality plant dibber, garden line, & pot press.

For the Adventurer – Cocktail gifts inspired by the great outdoors

  • White Mountain Vodka – A smooth mild vodka with a subtle corn sweetness.
  • Dram Pine Syrup –  Deliciously unusual, this cocktail syrup is made form foraged pine, organic sugar, and a medley of herbs & spices.
  • Tamworth Distilling Monogram Whiskey Disks – Why add water to whiskey if it’s already wet? Keep your drinks cold without dilution.
  • Art in the Age Enamel Mug – From the campfire to your fireplace, this enamel mug will be your next favorite to cozy up with.

For the Creator – For creatives who like to do it themselves

  • The Good Reverend’s Universal Spirit – Our 150 proof neutral grain spirit that drinks as a high quality, high proof vodka, or acts as the magic ingredient to creating cordials, infusions, tinctures, and extractions.
  • Organic Dried Herbs – Our Distillery is stocked with a library of dried herbs to bring all of your ideas to life. Fill up a few bags to inspire new flavor profiles, or try our pre-packaged solutions that are tried and true.
  • Infuse by Eric Prum & Josh Williams – A recipe book filled with fresh and flavorful oil, spirit, and water infusions.
  • Stainless Steel Infusion Tools – Create your own recipes with ease using our strainers, muddlers, filters, and funnels.

Everyone’s heard of the gift that keeps on giving…to you. But what about the gift that keeps on giving to others? The Reverend’s Universal Spirit Gift Set contains everything you’ll need to create your own cordials, bitters, or infused spirits, all of which make the perfect gifts for any sensible booze-loving loved one. You can even give the Gift Set…consider it the gift of Creativity Itself! 

(If you must keep it for yourself, we can’t fault you. As Oscar Wilde once said, “to love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance…”)

Enjoy these Holiday recipes. And remember, the possibilities are endless.


The Reverend’s Remedy

A wellness solution and cold preventative. When you start to feel unwell, take 1 tsp of The Reverend’s Remedy to ward off winter ailments.

2 tbsp elderberries

2 tbsp dried mullien

2 tbsp yarrow

2 tbsp echinacea

3 sprigs fresh rosemary

3 sprigs fresh sage

Combine all ingredients in a jar. Cover herbs in equal parts of RUS and water. Make sure all ingredients are submerged in liquid. Store in a cool, dark location for 4 weeks, shaking it lightly every day. Strain infusion with a coffee filter until all impurities and solids are removed. Funnel infusion into a small glass dropper bottle.


Persimmon Cordial

A sweet unique cordial to enjoy persimmons all year long. Sip with rum and ginger beer, or add it to fizzy water for a refreshing fruit soda.

3 ripened persimmons

1 whole cinnamon stick

1/2 c The Reverend’s Universal Spirit

1  c filtered water

1 c maple syrup

Skin and dice persimmons. Combine persimmons, RUS, and cinnamon into a 1 quart mason jar. Make sure all ingredients are submerged in liquid. Store in a cool, dark location for 1 week, shaking it lightly every day. After 1 week has passed, filter out all the solid ingredients with a fine mesh strainer. In a small saucepan, combine maple syrup and 1 c of water to make a maple simple syrup. Allow syrup to cool and slowly whisk the maple simple syrup and persimmon infusion together. Funnel the cordial into a glass bottle and refrigerate to store.


Overnight Spiced Vodka

A quick and easy vodka infusion perfect for holiday parties or as a thoughtful homemade gift.

10 oz The Reverend’s Universal Spirit

10 oz filtered water

4 oz simple syrup

6 satsumas

1 tsp cloves

4 cardamom pods

1 vanilla bean

Remove all zests from satsumas and dice into cubes. Combine zest, vanilla bean, cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon stick and RUS in a large, sealable jar. Allow mixture to steep in a cool, dark place for 24 hours. Filter mixture with a cheese cloth and again with a coffee filter to make sure that all impurities and solids have been removed. Funnel vodka into a glass bottle with water and sweeten with syrup.

We joined forces with Dale Bragdon of Highland House to create a couple of unique recipes to bring to the table this Thanksgiving. After an evening of cranberry foraging and apple picking, we found the perfect booze to bounty ratios for these traditional Thanksgiving staples.

Enjoy a drizzle of Art in the Age Chicory Root in Dale’s signature baked apples or a boozy twist on a classic side dish with Beet Root Cranberry Relish.

Chicory Baked Apples

4 oz Chicory Root

4 cored apples

1/2 c brown sugar

4 tbsp butter

1 tsp cinnamon

fresh lemon zest

Heat oven at 375º. While your oven heats clean & core each apple. Combine cinnamon, sugar, & butter in a bowl. Fill each apple with the mixture. Add 3/4 cups of water to the bottom of a baking dish. Arrange apples upright and bake for 45 minutes, or until apples are tender. Plate each apple and drizzle with 1 oz of Chicory Root. Garnish with fresh lemon zest.


Beet Root Cranberry Relish

2 oz Art in the Age Beet Root

12 oz fresh cranberries

1 c natural sugar

1 c water

1 full orange, sliced

In a saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in water. Stir in cranberries and orange pieces. Cook for about 10 minutes, until cranberries begin to pop. Remove from heat and allow sauce to thicken as it cools. Remove orange pieces. Stir in 2 oz of Beet Root and serve.

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here in Tamworth, we like to think of our spirits in terms of stories.  We draw our inspiration from actual places, and every bottle we create tells a specific story.  Every glass is a journey you can take.

Here’s one of our favorite journeys.

From the panoramic vistas of Great Hill Fire Tower to the calming edges of  Chocorua Lake, we invite you to take a walk with us through our favorite spots in Tamworth, wearing the shades of Autumn,

As with everything we create, we’ve cleared a path, but it’s up to you to take it.

One usually associates Halloween imbibing with strange potions, potent grogs, and the eyes of newts. No so here at the Good Reverend’s! This bright punch will enliven any ghoulish get together, reducing all vibes to the essential. Why wear a costume when you can drink one?

Enjoy the Reverend’s Revenge!

1 cup RUS

2 cups orange juice

1 cup pomegranate juice

1/3 cup pineapple juice

1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lime or lemon juice

1 cup seltzer

30 dashes cardamom bitters

Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl. Stir well. Garnish with fresh orange slices and pomegranate seeds. Serve up in a chilled cocktail glass.

Deep in the middle of summer, you’ll find honeybees hard at work pollinating wild cranberry plants, transforming their beautiful white flowers into small green berries. As autumn rolls in, these berries mature into plump red cranberries, vibrant in both color and flavor.

With cranberries sprouting wildly in New England, we grabbed our rakes and sought out the perfect ingredient to bring balance to our Beet Root vodka.

Only 15 minutes outside of town is a cranberry bog where we hand picked the very cranberries that go straight into our spirits. Here’s a look at our plentiful forage.

Just a few months ago we sealed our 11th batch of apple brandy and set it to rest in the barrel house. As years go by this crisp, clear spirit will take on the characteristics of it’s oak cask and transform into a warm well-rounded aged brandy. Luckily, with a growing appreciation of unaged spirits and a hint of impatience, we set aside a barrel of apple brandy to enjoy now. Our Tamworth Garden Eau De Vie is a sweet preview of what is yet to come from our barrel house. Distilled and fermented purely from local apple pomace, this Eau De Vie is truly a fresh picked taste of Autumn in New England.

Tamworth Garden Eau De Vie will do well to hold you over until our other aging batches transform into rich, complex brandies. This unique spirit is both crisp and warm, and lends a slight bite and sweetness to simple cocktails. We suggest treating it as you would any brandy or using it to build a Sweet Harvest cocktail by muddling seasonal fruits, sugar, citrus, and fragrant herbs.

We decided to celebrate our favorite fleeting autumnal fruit and mashed up a few ripe figs, but encourage you to experiment with whatever fruits you’d like.

Sweet Harvest

2 oz Eau De Vie

1/2 oz lemon juice

1/2 oz thyme simple syrup

1 fig, quartered

Muddle quartered fig & thyme simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice. Pour in Eau De Vie and lemon juice. Shake vigorously and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a fresh sprig of thyme and a fig slice.

 

Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser is crafted from our house-made neutral grain spirit, infused with tamarind, lemon zest and golden brown sugar. Inspired by author Andrea Wulf’s newly-released book, The Invention of Nature, this complex cordial is an ode to Alexander Von Humboldt’s travels through South America. During his travels, Von Humboldt discovered that the locals made a ‘lemonade’ from the Tamarind fruit, which turned unsavory water into a refreshing libation.

Enjoy the fruits of Alexander Von Humboldt’s labor with a Tamarind Margarita.

1.5 oz Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser Tamarind Cordial
1.5 oz silver tequila
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
2 tbsp fresh orange juice

Rim the edge of a glass with kosher salt. Combine Von Humboldt’s Natur Wasser Tamarind Cordial, tequila, lime, and orange juice in a tumbler with ice. Shake vigorously & strain into a glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

Only 500 bottles of Humboldt’s were distilled and only few remain at Tamworth Distilling and limited locations in New York State. Grab a bottle of this rare, unique spirit and share the story of Alexander Von Humboldt with every cocktail.

 

For purchases at the distillery:

Spirit – $45 | The Invention of Nature – $30 | Spirit & The Invention of Nature – $65

For online purchases click: here

Autumn has arrived, and like Robert Frost’s poem there’s two paths to take in the autumnal woods. Pumpkin “spice”, a mostly artificial blend of flavors whose tradition is barely fifty years old…or our Sweet Potato Vodka, based on a farm-to-bottle history of resourcefulness as old as America itself.

Personally, we prefer the latter. Which is why we’ve just released our second batch of Art in the Age Sweet Potato Vodka, a rich spirit infused with freshly cured New Hampshire sweet potatoes. The strong flavor of sweet potato is balanced by the natural vanilla and smokey bourbon flavors of toasted white oak, while allspice and maple syrup lend additional sweetness and herbal spice.

Ease into the season with a Second Helpings cocktail that will have you reaching for a third.

Second Helpings

1 1/2 oz AITA Sweet Potato

2 oz Bourbon Whiskey

1 tsp Lemon Juice

Nutmeg