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Annual Forum Best Sip recipes 2022

August 10, 2022

It's a VFN Forum tradition to for ticket holders to vote on the "Best Sip" of the evening and the competition was big! It was a close vote, but Kate Wise of Hotel Vermont garnered the top prize with her "Rhubie 44," a refreshing pink summer cocktail made with a a favorite early summer ingredient - rhubarb! We must give an honorable mention to Mimi Buttenheim of Mad River Distillers for the close second choice, "Blueberry Mojito," a very Vermont twist on a classic summer drink. They are so good, we wanted to share the recipes with you!

Best Sip Prize Generously Provided by AO Glass  




Hotel Vermont, Rhubie 44


Make the simple syrup in the height of rhubarb season (late May - early June) and you'll have it on hand for cocktails all summer long


  • 1/2 oz Mad River Distillery Rum 44
  • 1 1/2 oz rhubarb syrup
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice 


Combine all ingredients, add ice, shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds, strain over fresh ice, garnish with a lemon twist. 

Mad River Distillery, Blueberry Mojito



  • 2 oz Mad River Vanilla Rum
  • 1 oz Blueberry Infused Simple Syrup
  • .75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 6 Mint Leaves
  • Club Soda


Combine first 4 ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake hard until frosty. Dump contents of shaker into a tall glass and top with additional ice and club soda. Garnish with mint. 
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