Signature Drink: Jersey Fresh Blackberry Smash

The Montclair Food & Wine Festival is an annual event held in the early summer in Montclair. The weeklong event includes food and wine tastings, gala dinners and book signing events held at venues such as the Montclair Art Museum and the Manor, as well as local independent bookstores. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and MACHE - Montclair Academy of Culinary & Hospitality Education. This drink recipe, courtesy of the Montclair Food and Wine Festival, should benefit your next event.

—5-6 fresh blackberries
—1 shot Busted Barrel Silver Rum
—1 shot Blue J Syrups Lemon Elderflower
—ginger ale

1. Muddle the blackberries, Busted Barrel Silver Rum & Blue J Lemon Elderflower together in a shaker.
2. Add ice to the shaker and shake for 20-30 seconds.
3. Pour all into a mason jar or other similar glass and top with ginger ale.
4. Give it a quick stir to mix and garnish with a lemon.

Courtesy of The Montclair Food and Wine Festival

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.

—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


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