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By in Cocktails, First Run Rum Comments Off on Midday Reviver

Midday Reviver

  • 1.5 oz First Run Rum
  • 0.75 oz Ginger Syrup
  • 0.75 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 bottle Fever Tree Ginger Ale
  • 0.5 oz Fernet Branca

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake for about 8-15 seconds. Strain into a collins glass over ice. Top with Fever Tree Ginger Ale, leaving 1 inch at the top of the glass. Garnish with floater of Fernet Branca.

By in Cocktails, First Run Rum, RUM 44 Comments Off on Persephone


Muddle 2 strawberries in the shaker, then add the rest of the ingredients to the shaker (no ice). Shake for about 15-20 seconds vigorously. Add ice to shaker, shake for another 10 seconds. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with sliced strawberries.

By in Cocktails, Vanilla Rum Comments Off on Vermont Cobbler

Vermont Cobbler

  • 1 oz Vanilla Rum
  • 1 oz Lustau Amontillado Sherry
  • 0.75 oz Curaçao
  • 0.5 oz Simple Syrup
  • 0.25 oz Lemon Juice

In a shaker muddle 5-7 raspberries. Then add the rest of the ingredients to the shaker with ice. Shake for about 8-15 seconds. Strain contents into a glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a fresh Mint Sprig and berries, and dust with powdered sugar.

By in Cocktails, Vanilla Rum Comments Off on Flip My Heart

Flip My Heart

  • 1 oz Vanilla Rum
  • 1 oz Blanc Vermouth
  • 0.5 oz Combier Banane Liqueur
  • 0.5 oz Amaro Montenegro
  • 2 Dashes Cinnamon Bitters
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

In a shaker add all ingredients without ice. Shake hard for about 30 seconds. Add ice, shake hard for 10 seconds. Strain contents into a highball glassGarnish with 3 drops of Angostura Bitters.

Virtual Cocktail Class for a Cause

Join our very own Taylor Sacco on Wednesday, March 17th from 7-8pm for an evening of St. Patrick’s Day cocktail creating! He’ll take you through cocktail basics, including when to shake or stir, what sweet vermouth is, and how to make a well balanced cocktail. You’ll walk away from the class knowing how to mix up a classic Rye Manhattan and a Rye & Cocoa sour.

This event is in support and collaboration with our neighbors Passion 4 Paws. All proceeds will be donated to their organization.

Passion 4 Paws is a foster-based dog rescue located in Vermont. They rescue homeless, abandoned, neglected or abused dogs and will care for them in a loving environment for as long as it takes for them to find their forever home.

For more information or to make a donation check out their website here:

By in Media & Events Comments Off on We're Hiring in Burlington, VT!

We're Hiring in Burlington, VT!

Tasting Room and Cocktail Shop Manager

This is a full time, salaried, year-round position located in Burlington, Vermont.  Our shop sells our own spirits as well as mixers, bitters and bartending tools. We also serve tastings, cocktails and snacks.

What you need:

2+ years managing people in a profit-driven environment. People skills, customer service/front-facing skills, and an understanding and love of whiskey and rum, as well as bartending experience. You must also possess math skills and computer skills as we use Square, Shopventory and Excel on a regular basis. Ability to network and develop relationships with other industry professionals is paramount.  You will be the “face of the brand” in Burlington and a key player in our home state sales and marketing strategy.

Base salary with bonus structure. Benefits include retirement match and paid vacation.

Please email for a more detailed job description. Applicants should send a cover letter expressing their interest and detailing their familiarity with our brand.

Galentine's Day!

Celebrate Galentine's Day with friends Leslie Knope style!
Group style snacks
Mad River Cocktail Specials
Chocolate Guilt Mad River Shots
All genders welcome!!
Groups of 4 or more can make a reservation on Open Table here. For smaller groups, inquire about a table by calling: (617) 338-5333
COVID protocols are always in place to keep customers and staff safe!
Check out the Facebook Event here!

Rumantic Valentine's Day Virtual Cocktail Class

What’s better than being romantic for Valentine’s Day? Being RUMantic! It comes with all the benefits of traditional romance, but there’s also Rum.

Join Taylor Sacco of Mad River Distillers as he takes you through making two house Vanilla Rum favorites: an Espresso Martini and a Lavender Daiquiri.

This class is perfect for yourself, with a friend, with a partner, or with a family member! Anyone can enjoy!

By in Cooking & Baking Comments Off on Toast of Manhattan

Toast of Manhattan


3 tbsp Lake Champlain Chocolates hot cocoa mix

2 tsp instant espresso powder

Pinch salt

2 oz Mad River Distillers Revolution Rye Whiskey

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

Vanilla Ice Cream

Luxardo Cherries


Stir hot cocoa mix, espresso powder and salt with 3  tbsp boiling water until smooth. Add Rye and sweet vermouth, stir to combine.

Put 3 scoops vanilla ice cream in a sundae dish. Pour chocolate Manhattan over ice cream. Garnish with toasted LCC marshmallow, Luxardo Cherries, and luxardo cherry syrup.