An “Old Fashioned” Christmas

How often do you think, “Christmas just isn’t what it used to be”, or “there’s nothing like an old fashion Christmas”? I don’t know how many times I have heard that in Hallmark movies, or overheard conversations, heck even advertising. Christmas pulls at the heart strings. Christmas memories from your childhood make you smile. Maybe it’s just me, but nowadays Christmas is so filled with noise, the hustle and bustle, making sure you go broke giving the best gifts, that it’s hard to cherish those few precious moments that really matter with your loved ones.

So, lets all make an active effort to take a moment to enjoy time with one another. I think those moments are the ones that makes us all step back and remember the Holidays fondly. Not the presents, but the moments spent together.

One of my favorite holiday memories is when we’re all sitting together. Whether it was around the dinner table, when we’re all playing cards, or the tv is off and were just talking. For that reason I wanted to present a twist on a classic drink – the Old Fashioned – that can just be sipped and savored while you’re sitting with your loved ones. I had a bunch of left over Cranberry Sauce from a holiday dinner and thought this would make a subtle flavor shift to a fan favorite.


Makes 1

  • 1 oz cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • ice
  • cranberries
  • If desired, rim glass with sugar.
  • In a shaker muddle the orange juice and cranberry sauce together
  • Add ice and the whiskey to the shaker and combine.
  • In a lowball glass add the mixture
  • Top with bitters and stir.
  • Add ice.

Happy Holidays & enjoy!


Spiced Pear Bourbon

All Photos by Alex J Vieira

It’s Thanksgiving! Let’s be real… Turkey, cranberry Sauce, and stuffing typically are the stars of the traditional meal. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t highlight the meal and/or dessert with a cocktail or two. This Spiced Pear Bourbon cocktail is perfect for sipping and relaxing after the meal. Sit down, kick your feet up and enjoy this cocktail while the game is on or you’re playing cards around the table.


Makes 2

  • 1 Asian Pear
  • 3 oz of Bourbon
  • 1 oz Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract (or if you want get really fancy use seeds from 1/3 of a Vanilla Bean)
  • A Dash of Allspice
  • Ice
  • Peal then dice the Asian Pear discarding the core and put into a medium bowl
  • Mash the pear and strain out the juice using either a fine mesh strainer or through cheese cloth to get as much of the juice out as possible. Keep the pulp separate from the juice
  • Add the juice and other ingredients, except for the pulp, into a shaker with some ice. Shake vigorously.
  • In 2 Old Fashion glass put in some of the pulp on the bottom followed by ice. Finally divide the mixture between the 2 glasses, stirring gently at the end.

The Definitive MVY Gift Guide for 2018

Christmas is right around the corner and I’ve put together an extensive gift list for you to peruse. If you’re making a list – and checking it twice – I present to you plenty of options for those who made your Nice List this year.  Whether you’re looking for something sensible or extravagant, classic or a little bit quirky, these gifts are sure to put a smile on the faces of those you love most.

For the Foodie

Chilmark Chocolates

Only available if you are on island, these coveted chocolates will make any heart melt.

Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt from $5

With multiple sizes and tastes to choose from who wouldn’t enjoy adding this to their meals every day?

Photo via Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt
MVM Berber Spiced Wild Harvest Shiitake $25

I’ve got to let you in on a secret. I don’t like mushrooms. I avoid them often as much as possible. However, when I’m at a food tasting event, such as Fresh Off The Farm, I’m willing to give things a little nibble. Because, as I used to say when I was a kid, “Maybe my taste buds will grow up” and I’ll eventually like them. This was the case with MVM’s Berber Spiced Wild Shiitakes Mushrooms. I really enjoyed the spice to them.

Photo via MVM
Martha’s Vineyard Nuts $11.50

Made with Sweet, Spicy and Savory ingredients, these Island roasted whole nuts will provide energy all day long… that is until the bag runs out.

Photo via MV Nuts
Murdick’s Fudge 3 Slice Box $21

Okay, come on, who doesn’t like fudge? anyone? *cricket noises playing softly* I didn’t think so. Murdick’s ships all over and has a myriad of flavor options to choose from. Surprise your college kids to colleagues with this sweet treat.

Photo Via Murdick’s Fudge
Lobsters from Net Result Market Value

Give the gift of Summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Nothing says Summer on the Vineyard like a good old fashion lobster boil!

For the Home

Chappy Wrap’s Harborview Herringbone Beige Blanket/Throw $129

Trust me, the recipient of this gift will thank you endlessly for this. They are cozy, warm, and the perfect addition to any room.

Photo Via Chappy Wrap
Bespoke Abode’s Townie or Zip Code Pillows

These pillows will remind anyone of their time on Martha’s Vineyard. Not to mention how comfortable they are.

Photo Via Bespoke Abode
MV Glasswork’s Medium Optic Twist Pitcher in Copper Blue $185

Don’t serve your guests a beverage in a boring $2 plastic pitcher from the grocery store. Surprise a special someone with this hand blown pitcher and they’ll be impressing guests for years to come.

Photo Via MV Glassworks
Copper Works Sperm Whale 30.5″ Wall Hanging $295

Known for his attention to details, Scott McDowell creates fantastic works of art as well as home decor in his Menemsha shop. He can create anything. He’s always pushing the boundaries creating new items for his shop. As a Real Estate Agent I run into his work in homes all over the island from time to time.

Photo Via Copper Works
Chappy Happy’s Edgartown Out & About Basket $59

I’m having a love affair with this tote! It’s perfect for shopping around town or grocery shopping for dinner. Plus it goes with practically anything.

Photo Via Chappy Happy
Katama General‘s Island Themed Tumblers $12

Made from re-purposed wine bottles these glasses are perfect for orange juice in the morning or sipping vodka tonics at night.

Photo Via Katama General
MV Whales Custom Whale starting at $75

These are great for wedding gifts, house warming gifts and much more. People love having a custom sign. The options are endless.

Photo via MV Whales

For the Traveler

A Week’s stay at a Vacation Rental of your choice
A Steamship Authority Gift Card

For the Fashionable One

Catboat Charters Long Sleeve Tee $30

Available in Both Navy & White and unisex sizes, these long sleeve tee’s are perfect for while you’re on the water, traveling to far away places, or just lounging around the house.

Photo via Catboat Charters
Slip77 USA Oars Hat $29

Slip77 gear is an island must have. Give the gift of one of their popular hats, like this patriotic hat with a nautical twist.

Photo via Slip77
H. Falk’s The Original Vineyard Cutout Cuff $295

Martha’s Vineyard is known for its art scene, and that extends to our Jewelry designers and makers. This cuff from H. Falk is a must have. The wearer can dress it up or down.

Photo via H. Falk
CB Stark’s Classic Island Tie Bracelet starting at $125

Everyone loves these bracelets. I’ve been wearing the same one for years. I know some people who wear them until the cord breaks. The best part? you get to choose the color of the cord and can change it out every time you visit the island if you so wanted.

Photo via C.B. Stark
Norton Point Whitecap Swell Sunglasses Made $99

I first discovered this brand the year they launched in 2015. They had one goal in mind to make a pair of sunglasses from ocean plastic and plant based materials. Man did they succeed! I have two pairs of these glasses – their original Tortoiseshell sunglasses and theses, the Whitecap Swells. Give someone the gift of style, and help reduce ocean plastic while you’re at it.

Photo via Norton Point





Hitting “The Sauce” This Holiday Season

All Photos by Alex J. Vieira

There’s nothing like sitting down to a Thanksgiving dinner with all your favorite sides. I’m the first to admit I am not a fan of canned cranberry sauce. When passed to me I tend to just pass it on down the line. However, this Cranberry Sauce Mojito is an exception!

This was the first time I tried making homemade cranberry sauce and I must say, it was completely different than the gross canned stuff. Not gelatinous at all and the perfect balance of tart and sweet.

To make the Cranberry Sauce I used organic local Cranberries I got from Morning Glory Farm and simmered them on the stove with water, sugar and orange juice.

I think I will be serving these this Thanksgiving as my contribution to Thanksgiving Dinner.


Cranberry Sauce
  • 12 oz organic cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Makes 1

  • 2 Tablespoons of Cranberry Sauce
  • 8-10 Mint Leaves
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • 2 oz of Rum
  • Sparkling Water


Cranberry Sauce
  1. In a small sauce pan, combine all the ingredients for the cranberry sauce and bring to a boil
  2. Reduce to a simmer, stirring often to not but the sugar
  3. Once the combination has thickened, remove from the heat and let it cool (about an hour total)

  1. In a Collins Glass combine 2 LARGE tablespoons of the cranberry sauce, 4 mint leaves, and a lime wedge. Muddle together
  2. Add in the rum and mix with a bar spoon
  3. Fill the glass with ice and more lime wedges, if desired, and top off with sparkling water. Stir GENTLY so not to spill
  4. Garnish with left over mint leaves and cranberries and ENJOY!

The Candied Apple

All Photos by Alex J. Vieira

December is the month of holiday parties. Let’s face it, unless you have a bar tender on hand, serving individual mixed drinks at parties can be daunting. That’s why I wanted to present to you a drink that can be made either as a large batch for your next soiree or as an individual drink if you’re kicking back and relaxing at home by the fire. The Candied Apple is a simple recipe that can be dressed up or down depending on your needs.

If you want to make it extra boozy, replace the soft cider with your favorite hard cider.

Large batch
Serves 16

3 cups Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka
8 cups Apple Cider
8 oz Lemon juice
4 oz Grenadine


In your favorite punch bowl combine all the ingredients and serve. Garnish with Apple slices

Note: I recommend keeping ice separate in an ice bucket so that the drink doesn’t get watered down and the ice doesn’t melt.

Single Serving
Serves 1

1.5 oz Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka
1/2 cup Apple Cider
1/2 oz Lemon juice
a splash of Grenadine


Fill a mason jar or your favorite glass with ice. In a shaker combine all the ingredients, then pour into the glass over ice. Garnish with apple slices if so desired.

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