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New local liqueur takes syrup way beyond breakfast


Green Mountain Distillers, the company behind organic Sunshine Vodka, has a new product on the way. Starting sometime in June - permitting is still in the works - state liquor stores will begin carrying Vermont Organic Maple Liqueur. A 750-milliliter bottle of the 60-proof potable will sell for $28.80. It'll be packaged in Italian glass with "old-fashioned maple labels," says GMD co-owner Howie Faircloth. As far as he knows, it'll be "the only maple liqueur available on the market anywhere."

Faircloth describes the drink, which uses local syrup, as "similar to Frangelico, but not as sweet." He boasts the beverage has many uses besides straight-up sipping and mixing in cocktails such as maple mudslides. He suggests using the stuff as a glaze for carrots, sweet potatoes or ham, or as a mix-in for coffee or cocoa.

The company's next foray into organic, local beverages? Honey liqueur.