Since returning from our little jaunt to Vermont, I’m finding that many of my sentences are starting with “Well, in Vermont….” or “We had the best ___ (food/drink/etc) in Vermont”. I’m sure we’re being pretty annoying to our friends and family (sorry guys). But we can’t help ourselves –  they just do things right in Vermont!

We had such a great time visiting Burlington, Stowe, and Woodstock (and several towns in between). Even though we were a little early for fall foliage season, the scenery was still breathtaking. Rolling hills and mountains, brightly painted barns, covered bridges, old stone houses, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls … Vermont really has it all. Here are a few of my favorite photos from our trip.

Union Covered Bridge –  Woodstock
Moss Glen Falls – Stowe

Bicycles at The Woodstock Inn – Woodstock


Local Butcher Shop – Woodstock

Waterfront Park – Burlington
Citizen Cider – Burlington
Our visit to Citizen Cider actually inspired this drink. We enjoyed a tasting of several of the cider varieties they produce, and then sampled one of their cocktails, which was their spin on a French 75. It was amazing. The only problem is that we can’t get Citizen Cider down here in South Carolina (hopefully they are working on that!), so we’ve had to adapt this recipe slightly. 
The Vermont 75

3 oz. hard cider of your choice (Citizen’s, if you can get it in your state!)
1 oz. gin (we brought some Vermont-made Barr Hill Gin back in our suitcase)
1/2 oz. lemon juice (or skip the lemon juice and honey syrup and use one ounce of our Meyer Lemon simple syrup)

1/2 oz. honey syrup (recipe below)


Pour gin, lemon juice and honey into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into champagne flute and top with cider. Stir gently. Garnish with an apple slice.

Honey Syrup
Love this stuff! Adds so much more interest to a drink than regular old simple syrup. 

4 oz. honey
4 oz. water

Heat in microwave, stir until dissolved.