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Signature Drink: Coconut Key Lime Swizzle

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The Orange Squirrel takes chef Francesco Palmieri’s philosophy of serving simple, but not simplistic global comfort food using approachable, wholesome ingredients. The accessible menu features quirky, creative takes on comfort classics.

The Orange Squirrel accommodates groups with special menus customized specifically to their needs. Seated dinners are for 35-40 people, while cocktails/buffet-style events can be up to 50. 

Signature Drink: Kalahari West African Ginger Mojito

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Not everyone can take two weeks off for a trip to Africa, but if you’re feeling like you need a change of pace without the long trip, visit Kalahari Resort in the Pocono Mountains. This resort has America’s largest indoor water park in addition to one of the state’s top three largest convention centers, as well as a full-service hotel, spa and multitude of restaurants ranging from a buffet and coffee shop to upscale comfort food. The spirit of Africa is everywhere—from the décor down to every last detail, so it’s no wonder they offer an African spin on this Cuban cocktail. 

Signature Drink: Pasternak

Located in the mountains of Northwest New Jersey, Crystal Springs has two hotels, six golf courses, a working farm, two top-ranked spas, cooking classes, four-star Restaurant Latour and the largest wine cellar in the Northeast. Restaurant Latour is the resort’s fourstar dining room; Crystal Tavern is an upscale bistro with New American cooking; Springs Bistro focuses on Italian-inspired dishes; and the seasonal outdoor Chef’s Garden is set within the stunning working organic garden.

Signature Drink: Goldenrod

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Named for the Goldenrod plant that grows in the fall, there’s no better way to celebrate fall than with an apple brandy cocktail. 

INGREDIENTS
—1 oz. Laird’s bonded apple brandy
—1 oz. Woodford rye
—.5 oz. Cointreau
—.5 oz. Benedictine
—.75 oz. lemon juice
—1 egg white

DIRECTIONS
Combine all ingredients in a mix - ing tin and dry shake to emulsify the egg white, add ice and shake until cold. Double strain into cold cup and garnish with a thin slice of red apple.

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.

Signature Drink: Gin-Tuition

The Ryland Inn is one of New Jersey’s most celebrated restaurants and after a several year hiatus and ownership change, this storied setting is back with a bang. Set within the rolling farmland of Whitehouse Station, this spectacular hideaway feels like a private country estate. The award-winning restaurant, helmed by Executive Chef Craig Polignano, is consistently rated among the state’s top establishments. The Ryland Inn caters to groups seeking private dining with three separate rooms (in addition to the main dining room).

Signature Drink: Old Man Thyme

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Manatawny Still Works, the Pottstown distillery committed to handcrafting authentic spirits with a nod to the region’s history, took its name from the Lenape Indians’ word for “the place we meet to drink.” Made in small batches, the spirits can be imbibed neat or “as the difference maker in your favorite cocktail.”

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.

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