Pumpkin Spice Martini

Pumpkin Spice MartiniWe have added a new, fall inspired martini to our Specialty Cocktail list – a Pumpkin Spice Martini!  Can’t make it to Camden to try one yourself?  Enjoy one at home using our recipe (posted below).  Creamy with a hint of spice, it’s perfect for a cool autumn night by the fire!

Pumpkin Spice Martini

2 parts Vanilla Vodka
1 part Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liquor
1 part Irish Cream
Crushed Graham Crackers (for rim)
Ground Nutmeg or Pumpkin Pie Spices for garnish
Chilled martini glass

In your favorite shaker, add first three ingredients over ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker frosts. Pour into a chilled martini glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers. Garnish with a sprinkle of ground nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!


Cucumber Martini Recipe

Cucumber MartiniSpringtime means warmer days, tulips –  and new cocktails!  Our Cucumber Martini is the perfect addition to our specialty cocktail menu.  Follow the recipe below and enjoy one at home, or join us for Happy Hour every night beginning at 5pm!

Cucumber Martini
Makes 1

2 oz. cucumber infused vodka
1/2 fresh squeezed lime
2 to 3 slices cucumber
2 mint leaves
1/2 oz. simple syrup

In shaker, muddle 1 cucumber slice and one mint leaf.  Add vodka, lime juice and simple syrup.  Shake well.

Pour over ice and garnish with cucumber slice and mint leaf.  Enjoy!

Maple Manhattan

Maple ManhattanSpringtime in Maine means warmer days, tulips –  and maple syrup!  This cocktail has just a hint of maple sweetness and is a perfect addition to our specialty cocktail list.  Follow the recipe below and enjoy one at home!


2 oz Makers Mark bourbon
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
2 dashes of bitters

Add the bourbon, vermouth, maple syrup and bitters into a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour over ice. Add skewered cherries and drink. 

Now Serving Maine Made Gin and Vodka

We have some new additions at the bar! Maine Distilleries Cold River vodka & gin, Twenty 2 Vodka and Back River Gin – all made right here in Maine!  Everything tastes better when it is Maine made!

Hartstone Inn Maine Alcohol

Blueberry Gin Recipe

One of our newest cocktails here at the Hartstone Inn is a Maine Blueberry Gin Martini.  Many of our guests have really enjoyed this drink and have asked us to publish the recipe.  Here is it!  (We must give credit to www.boozedandinfused.com for the recipe.  We sure hope they use Maine blueberries!)

Blueberry Ginblue gin

2 c. gin
2 c. frozen blueberries
1/4 c. sugar
zest of 1 lemon
2 whole cloves
1/2 inch piece of a cinnamon stick

Place the frozen blueberries in a small saucepan. Crush them lightly.  Lightly cook them on low for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

After the blueberries are cool, place all ingredients in a quart jar (or larger).  Shake and allow to infuse for at least 4 weeks, stirring or shaking occasionally.  When it has reached your desired taste, strain and filter through a colander, cheesecloth, jelly bag or coffee filter.

As for the martini, simply shake it on ice and you’re done!  Garnish with a lemon twist or a few blueberries.  If this all sounds like to much work, join us at 5pm any night of the week for our cocktail hour and we’ll make one for you, complete with a tasty hors d’ oeuvre! 

Hartstone Inn Cranberry-Limoncello Martini Recipe

Chef Michael created this recipe almost four years ago to replace our fabulously successful summer drink special the “Watermelon Mojito.” Every year,  we receive numerous requests for the recipe so we decided to re-post it!

Cranberry Syrup Base
1 package (12 oz) fresh or frozen whole cranberries
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup limoncello (Italian lemon liqueur)
2 dashes bitters
method – Combine the cranberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Cool. When cool, place mixture in a blender and blend for 2 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove all of the seeds and skin pieces. Add the remaining ingredients and the cranberry base is complete.

Cranberry-Limoncello Martini Recipe
yields 1 drink
2 1/2 ounces cranberry syrup base (recipe above)
1 1/2 ounces citrus flavored vodka
garnish: 3 cranberries floated on top and a wedge or twist of lemon on the rim

If you don’t feel like whipping this cocktail up yourself, come and enjoy one at the Hartstone Inn during our evening Cocktail and Hors d’ Oeuvres hour.

Cilantro Martini

Guests Jim and Mary shared a new cocktail recipe with us that we love! We like it so much that we have added it to our cocktail list. It is called (Mary’s) Cilantro Martini. We have shared her recipe below:

2.5 oz. Citrus Vodka
1 oz. simple syrup (1 cup sugar to 1 cup water, mix ahead of time and store in fridge)
1 juice of 1/2 lemon
1 juice of 1/2 lime
8 (or so) cilantro leaves
sugar for rimming
crushed ice

Muddle the leaves with some crushed ice in the bottom of a shaker then add some more crushed ice. Add vodka, simple syrup, lemon and lime and shake well. Let sit for a minute while you rim a chilled martini glass and add a lime wedge. Shake again, strain and enjoy!  Thank you Mary!

Hartstone Inn Signature Summer Cocktail – Watermelon Chiller

We have added a new drink to our list of Hartstone Inn Signature Cocktails.  It is called a Watermelon Chiller and we think it is a perfect way to compliment a warm summer day!  This recipe is designed to be served as a punch but it can be modified to be consumed just a glass or two at a time.  Follow the recipe below, just don’t add the soda until you are ready to drink.   When adding the soda to a glass of the mix, the ratio should be 2/3 watermelon mix to 1/3 soda.   You can then refrigerator the remaining mix and use it as needed.

If you do serve it as a punch, a fun way to serve it would be to use the watermelon as the punch bowl.  Cut off the top only of the watermelon to scoop it out.  This was you have a bowl shape remaining. 

Watermelon and summer go hand and hand so you can’t go wrong with this delicious drink!

Watermelon Chiller (Punch)

One Watermelon (6lbs)

12 oz vodka

12oz lemon lime soda

¼ cup fresh lime juice

Scoop out the watermelon.  Puree, strain and put in a bowl.  Stir in vodka, soda and lime juice.  Garnish drinks with green apple slice or lime

Egg Nog Latte

We recently decided we needed a hot, holiday drink to offer our guests this weekend.  One of our innkeepers suggested an Egg Nog Latte.  Nothing says Christmas like egg nog!  All of you who make cappuccino at home can try this delicious drink too.  In place of milk, just add hot eggnog.  We offer an alcoholic version also in which we add spiced rum. (YUM!)  Egg nog does not froth very well so you may have to top it off with steamed milk.   Sprinkle some Gingerbread Spice on top, throw in a festive candy cane and ta-da!  A cup of hot, holiday cheer!

Moscow Mule

Everyone who’s been to the Hartstone Inn knows that we love cocktails.  At any given time we feature up to ten “specialty” cocktails that we offer to our guests both during cocktail hour and at dinner.  The latest drink that we are crazy about is the “Moscow Mule”.


The Moscow Mule was ”born” in the 1940’s and was a popular cocktail of the 50’s and 60’s.  The story goes that John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc., who bought the rights to Smirnoff in 1939 was on a mission to market his “white whiskey” as an alternative to gin.  Gin was widely popular at the time in the U.S. and vodka was not.  He met John “Jack” A. Morgan, owner of a ginger beer franchise at a bar in Los Angeles in 1941 and came up with the idea for the Moscow Mule, a mutually beneficial cocktail!  They ordered engraved copper mugs and bought one of the first Polaroid cameras.  They then began to market their new drink to bars across the country.  The two would ask bartenders to pose for a picture with their copper mug and a bottle of Smirnoff vodka.  They would then take the photo to neighboring bars to show them what the competition had to offer in hopes to get them to sell the new drink too. 

Smirnoff vodka sales tripled between 1947 and 1950 with much credit going to the trendy new drink.  The name they say is for two reasons.  “Moscow” because Smirnoff began at a distillery in Moscow and vodka was considered to be mainly a Russian spirit at the time. “Mule” was because of the “kick” from the ginger beer.  The Russian connection proved to have consequences in 1950 as Americans began to connect Smirnoff with the Communist Party.   Smirnoff denied any connection as it was now an American company and the uproar eventually passed.  Vodka now out sells all other spirits in the U.S. 3 to 1 and Smirnoff is today owned by a British company.   

The Moscow Mule is refreshing enough to be a summer drink but gingery enough to be “warm” in the winter!  Here is the recipe so you can make them at home or, come visit us and we’ll make one for you!

Moscow Mule

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 tsp. sugar syrup
  • Fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup ginger beer
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • 1 slice of lime


In a highball glasss or a copper mug (if you have one) pour vodka over ice. Add  sugar syrup and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.