Signature Drink: Frozen Blueberry Lemonade

Avenue brings the ambiance of a Paris bistro and plants it squarely at the shore in Long Branch. From its 25-foot bar influenced by the hull of a ship to the large windows focusing attention on the beachfront setting, Avenue is laid-back luxury at its very best. The main dining room can host events for 15-200 people, and the event can be semiprivate (20-60 people), separated by illuminated partition walls from the main restaurant. Upstairs, the media room features a TV, computer, phone and Internet, and is specifically designed for meetings for 30 people and under.

Avenue is also well known for its nightlife at its nightclub, Avenue Nuit, but this space isn’t just for hipsters who want to dance all night. This third-floor space hosts sit-down events for up to 150 guests and buffet-style events for up to 250 guests. Since it also features outdoor space with a fireplace and pool and a picturesque view of the Atlantic, it’s ideal for celebrations. The sound system and DJ booth are state-of-the-art and add an exciting energy to any event. There is also a private kitchen on the third floor. The expansive bar completes the space, giving guests ample room to order drinks.

Oh, and in case the beachfront views aren’t enough, Avenue also caters to those who want their event right on the beach. The Beach Bar hosts 50-200 for barbecuestyle events with cocktails, while the Beach Club accommodates up to 500 guests.

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. blueberry vodka
—1 handful fresh blueberries, muddled
—1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
—.5 oz. simple syrup
—Half a cocktail shaker of ice

DIRECTIONS
Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with fresh blueberries and a lemon slice.

Get ready for fall with this seasonally appropriate cocktail. Corgi Spirits, an independent small-batch distillery located in Jersey City, has hosted a variety of private events including corporate parties; catering is BYO. The Lounge—a plush drinking parlor—is spacious yet cozy and the entire tasting room can be rented to accommodate larger groups.

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. Corgi Spirits Pembroke Gin
—3 oz. fresh apple cider
—0.25 oz. ginger simple syrup*
—3 thyme sprigs
—thyme sprig for garnish

 

This creation is one of the distillery’s most requested drinks and perfectly refreshing in the summertime.

INGREDIENTS:
— 1.5 oz. Bluecoat American Dry Gin
— .25 oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth
— .5 oz. fresh lemon juice
— .75 oz. Penn’s Woods Syrup*

*Combine 40g fresh dill, 20g fresh basil and 10g dried coriander into one quart of simple syrup. Blend mixture, strain, and store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

 

About the Cocktail: Two European beneficiaries of the spice trade are referenced in a split base of gin and rhum agricole; with Greek yogurt, coconut water and makrut lime leaf adding creamy echoes of an Indian lassi.

Pouring Ribbons, a second-story bar in New York City’s East Village, can accommodate groups of 30-40 people; the entire bar can hold 100.

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. Tanqueray gin
—.5 oz. JM Rhum Agricole 100 Proof
—1 oz. coconut water syrup
—.5 oz. lime juice
—1 tsp. Greek yogurt
—1 makrut lime leaf