Porta is proof positive that down and out can be turned completely upside down. This uber-hip Neapolitan pizzeria occupies a formerly vacant building in Asbury Park and the transformation from humdrum to humming is dramatic. With room for dancing and private event space, this place isn’t your average pizzeria. And the Vermont Laundry is just the drink to get you moving.

INGREDIENTS
—2 oz. Makers Mark whiskey
—.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
—.5 oz. Grade A maple syrup
—1 pinch of cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine first four ingredients.
2. Mix well.
3. Shake and strain into martini glass.
4. Dust with cayenne pepper.

Recipe courtesy of: PORTA | 732.776.7661

A New Jersey restaurant boasts versatile high-end settings.

 

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.

 

These properties are contemporary, quirky and rich in local flavor.