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Introducing a few 'warm-me-ups' for fall

Think cool this fall, but Star Cider wants you to drink apple

Mike Murphy
If it's fall, well then, Star Cider in Canandaigua has got you covered with some new and old favorite hard ciders, including a tart, semi-sweet cranberry (from left), the old standby and barrel-aged Frisky Whisky, a dessert-like Apple Crisp and a small batch blackberry bramble.

CANANDAIGUA — Many people think of cool days and cool nights with the arrival of fall — sweater weather, as some refer to it.

Of course, the folks at Star Cider think of apples when fall rolls around, but they also have sweater weather on the mind. Literally, in this case.

The Canandaigua cidery is releasing its “Sweater Weather” this first weekend of fall, a cool weather drink made with Star’s apple brandy and Apple Crisp hard cider to warm you up.

“As soon as that weather comes in, people get into more of a cider mood,” said bar manager Kevin Lewis.

Star is introducing several new products that will help ease the transition from summer to fall, including a seasonal cranberry hard apple cider along with a small-batch blackberry bramble cider, which clocks in at 7 percent ABVl and boasts of a wine taste and finish.

Much like the fall season, it’s here for as long as it lasts.

“Because it’s a small batch, it may only be for a few weeks,” Smith said.

For further proof that the Star drink makers love to experiment — remember the cidertini from over the summer? — here’s a few other adult concoctions they’ve mixed up with fall in mind.

The Cranberry Bliss cocktail is made with local Black Button Distilling vodka, a dash of lemon bitters and cranberry juice, and topped with the aforementioned cranberry cider.

Say you’re in the mood for an old-fashioned? Star’s take on the classic cocktail includes apple brandy, fresh apple cider and orange bitters, and it's topped with Star’s Frisky Whisky cider.

Also new and bottled is Star’s Maple Northern Comfort, which is a port-style cider sweetened with local maple syrup.

“Call it adult pancakes,” Smith said.

Of course, non-alcoholic cider is available as well as apples, pumpkins and cider doughnuts, or least the latter while they last.

Grape stomping at Casa Larga

A different kind of “foot ball” is planned for this Sunday.

Casa Larga, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, will host its harvest celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, and with it comes the popular grape-stomping celebration.

Tickets for the event are $5 per person.

Food and beverages are also available at the celebration for purchase. Beverages on Sunday include a Harvest Sample Flight, wine by the glass, pints of beer, wine slushies and non-alcoholic options including concord grape slushies.

Food choices include a special harvest sandwich menu at the Casa Larga food truck, and in the wine shop guests will find grape pie by the slice, charcuterie boxes and pita chips with hummus. Food truck orders can be placed in advance online at

Tickets are limited because of capacity restrictions. For information, visit


The Eat, Drink and Be Murphy column explores the region’s bounty of food and drink — and the people who bring it to you — soup to nuts, accentuated with a craft beer or Finger Lakes wine. After all, who doesn’t love to eat and drink? Email assistant editor Mike Murphy at or call 585-337-4229 with ideas and suggestions.

These new Star Cider adult beverages will warm you right up, including the Canandaigua cidery's take on the Old Fashioned, left, and the Cranberry Bliss cocktail.