A Jersey Toast to National Rum Day

The end of August is nearing and for my family that means vacation at the Jersey shore.  We like to enjoy ourselves and now that our entire crew is 21 and over (some of us more than others) I wanted to add a few more cocktails to our traveling liquor cabinet.  Today being National Rum Day seemed an appropriate time to share my new and favourite oldies for the libation that inspires thoughts of island vacations, breezy summer boat trips and for those of us who frequent Sea Isle—nights at Shenanigan’s enjoying a 302.**

Anyone who’s watched HBO’s Boardwalk Empire knows the Garden State is no stranger to smuggling, but if you need a bit of background, the largest “Rum Row” during prohibition stretched down the New Jersey coast from the New York to Philadelphia areas.  Notorious rum runner Habana Joe could be seen at night making his deliveries to and from the Raritan Bay.  Nowadays he’s mostly seen on cocktail menus at local bars like Jersey Boys Grill in New Milford. Their version is included below along with directions for the Bikini Martini and Smugglin’ Peaches:

Habana Joe’s Rum Runner:

1 oz. Each of Meyer’s Rum, Brinley’s Coconut Rum, Cruzan Mango Rum, OJ, Pineapple Juice. Mix all together and top with Bacardi 151.

Bikini Martini:

  • 1 oz. Citrus Vodka
  • 1 oz. Malibu Rum
  • 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz. Grenadine

Shake first three ingredients with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Sink the Grenadine to the bottom and garnish with a cherry.

Smugglin’ Peaches:

  • 1 oz. Rum
  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • ½ oz. Peach Schnapps
  • ½ oz. Triple Sec
  • 2 oz. Apple Juice
  • ¼ oz. Lemon Juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into cocktail glass.

**Side note: That is “a” 302 for a reason.  The deceptively tasty frozen drink (strawberry daiquiri, Pina Colada, or the two twisted) includes two shots of 151 Rum.  Thus the name and your funeral should you overdo it!

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Jersey Represents in American Farmland Trusts Top 20 Farmers Markets

American Farmland Trust released the current Top 20 list for America’s Favorite Farmers Markets and New Jersey is represented by four markets–Bordentown (8), Medford Lakes (10), Toms River (19), and Ridgewood (20). The four placements tie the Garden State with Virginia for most honored state.

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May Homework: Tasting Table’s English Breakfast Menu

Tasting Table May 2011 “A morning meal that’s both brawny and polished.” Sounds like an advertisement for a nice brunch date but it’s the self-description for this month’s Tasting Table menu to try at home. As we enter the season of warm breezes there is now a reason to climb out of bed on the weekends. Celebrate the return of al fresco dining weather with a hearty, yet refined brunch including Earl Grey Gin Punch, Bacon and Potato Pie, and Cardamom and Current Pound Cake.

After I visit my first farmer’s market of this spring I’ll be trying my hand at the recipes and posting the results. Take a stab at one of the dishes yourself and email your pics to jerzEATS@gmail.com . You’ll get a shout out in the follow-up post and the first reader to submit gets the very first jerzEATS t-shirt off the press!

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A Little More Elbow Room: Jay’s in Maple Shade

Jay's Elbow RoomWhile unexpectedly meeting up with an old friend at New Year’s, we compared favorite dives. A bunch of names were thrown around and after three months I finally got myself in gear to visit one I thought I would never step inside of. Now whether it was JerseyBites.com’s “wing off” article that inspired me or the fact that I now had a bar buddy for safety in numbers I can’t say but the other week I made the visit to Jay’s Elbow Room on Route 73 in Maple Shade. You’ve definitely passed it before and probably, like me, gave it a passing glance and wondered how it could still be open. If you want the bar/pick-up spot hybrid favored by newly legals (not putting them down, I like to dance on the weekends on occasion and am no stranger to those well-known pubs too) then keep driving-it won’t satisfy those needs. But if you want to actually watch a game without getting rushed through your beer or go into debt stop in.

At my friend’s suggestion we needed to go on a Tuesday so I could try out the wings during their $9 all-you-can-eat special. Good stuff, but I always have to learn my lesson the hard way. Rules for Jay’s wing special:

1.  Do not eat a late lunch. To get your money’s worth you need two or more orders of wings and that will not happen with the afternoon’s supremo salad taking up valuable space.
2.  When your friend (who happens to be a dude and at least a foot taller than you) goes for the sweet and spicy variety do not scoff and order the hot anyway. I love spicy food but when eating several orders of said food it multiplies the heat. Also, Jay’s hot wings tend toward the salty side—great as a single order to enjoy with a beer or two, but any more than that and that salty heat is gonna kick you right in the joints of your jaw.[Disregard if you’ve done the Ghost Pepper Challenge and lived to tell about it.]

Check out their Facebook page for each day’s shot and drink specials. Currently they have $2 pints and $8 pitchers of Miller Lite and $1 dogs during every Phillies game (hot dog eating contests have been known to break out between friends—I was a witness); Bud and Bud Light $1 mugs, $1.50 pints, and $6 pitchers all day every day; and Flying Fish Fridays with $2.75 pints and $11 pitchers. They also do carry out service. So after you’ve worn out the bar (stays open until 3am under a grandfather clause) you can bring the party back to your house with a variety of bottles to choose from their fridge.

Jay’s Elbow Room
2806 Route 73 North, Maple Shade, NJ 08052
P: 856-235-3687
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-3am; Sun 11am-3am

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Hop Over the Bridge to Easter Keg Hunt 2011

Easter Keg HuntRolling Barrel’s Easter Keg Hunt 2011 is a three-hour photo scavenger hunt from 12-3 pm during which you follow clues to uncover mini-kegs in businesses around either Manayunk, Phoenixville or West Chester.  An awards ceremony and after party at each of the three hub locations will take place at 3pm.
Hub Locations are:  U.S. Hotel Bar & Grill (Manayunk), Bistro on Bridge (Phoenixville), and Pale Horse Pub (West Chester).  Tickets are available for purchase both online or at the hub locations. $20/person includes an event t-shirt, entry to win prizes, and happy hour food and drink specials at the after parties.

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Dining Out For Life 2011

Dining Out For LifeThis year’s Dining Out For Life Philadelphia will be taking place Thursday April 28th. Over 200 restaurants across the Delaware Valley will be participating in the event benefiting thousands of men, women, and children. Each of the restaurants will donate 33% of the cost of your meal to the fight against HIV & AIDS.

As an extra incentive, the 20% Off Tuesday promotion is now in its 5th year. Any diner who makes a donation of $25 or more in their raffle envelope the night of Dining Out for Life will get a 20% Off Tuesday card in the mail entitling you to 20% off your food bill on Tuesday evenings all year long!

The South Jersey restaurants participating are: Andreotti’s Viennese Cafe, Barnsboro Inn, Cafe Gallery, Casona, Cork, Court House Cafe, Dream Cuisine Cafe, Nonna’s, Nunzio Ristorante Rustico, The Pop Shop, The Tortilla Press, Tre Famiglia, and the Westmont Diner.

Visit the website www.diningoutforlife.com for more information and to make reservations.

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April Specials for Canal’s of Berlin

Canal's of BerlinApril specials for Canal’s of Berlin came out today. Check the list out here – includes price breaks on Sterling Vintners, Barefoot Bubbly, Caravello Limoncello as well as New Jersey wines (DiMatteo, Tomasello, Heritage, Sharrott, and Belleview).

You’ll need a free club membership to get the special prices. Sign up online or in store.

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