Complete Guide to {Spring Cocktails} in Jersey City

It's that time of year again! Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and the flavors of Spring and Summer are making their way into craft cocktails all across Chilltown. Get ready, Jersey City, because there are plenty of delicious new drinks to sip on, and patio/rooftop season has only just begun!


Ani Ramen: Dragon's Breath

Ingredients: El Dorado 3yr White Rum, dragon fruit puree, simple syrup, lemon, honey, habanero shrub, dragon fruit garnish.

Ani Ramen throws it down when it comes to cocktails (did you know they serve some on tap?) Pictured above is the Dragon's Breath. Fresh, fruity, and very instagram-able. 218 Newark Ave.


Ed & Mary's: Strawberry Mojito

It wouldn't be a Summer Cocktail Guide without a mojito now, would it? Ed and Mary's has you covered and with fruity element, too! 174 Coles St.


The Hutton: The Head Shot

Ingredients: Gin, lime juice, cucumbers, strawberries, club soda, tonic water, and Sprite.

The name of the cocktail alone should be a hint that the force is strong in this one. This is The Hutton's take on the gimlet. Complete with some muddled cucumbers and strawberries for extra freshness. 225 Hutton St.


Porta: The White Door

Ingredients: Peach liqueur, white wine, Skyy Texas Grapefruit Vodka, orange juice.

White wine, Prosecco, and vodka, need we say more? The only non-alcoholic ingredient is good old OJ. A couple of these and you might have trouble finding the door. 135 Newark Ave.


Talde: Bring The Beat Back

Ingredients: Lemongrass-infused gin, Canton, and a medley of beet, carrot, and apple juices.

It's like adding alcohol to your favorite health juice! Life is all about balance after all. This is the healthiest cocktail in all of Jersey City (by our standards). The fresh fruits and veggies give you fuel (to help keep you energized throughout the night). Did we mention this cocktail also helps you remain hangover free? Most are made with artificial sugars and flavors, but beets contain natural antioxidants. 8 Erie St.


Cellar 335: The Hidden Paradise

Ingredients: Rhum Barbancourt 5 Star, Plantation Oftd, Galliano, Giffard Banane de Bresil, guava, Demerara, lime, Angostura bitters.

Being a tiki bar, one could argue Cellar 335 is always serving summer cocktails. They just rolled out a brand new list of tropical delights. What's so cool about The Hidden Paradise? It comes in Cellar 335's custom mug that you can purchase and take home. 335 Newark Ave.


Corgi: The Corgi Cup

Ingredients: Corgi Earl Grey Gin, fresh lemonade, mint, club soda.

Served in a rocks glass, The Corgi Cup is a fresh, summertime take on the classic lemonade and mint combo. Plus, their Earl Grey Gin is like no other gin we've ever tried (in the best way!). 1 Distillery Dr.


Dullboy: The Zadie

Ingredients: 100-Proof James E. Pepper 1776 rye, Pineapple Giffard, Absinthe, and lime.

If your head isn't spinning after reading that, then wait til you sip on it. Dullboy does it again with their notoriously strong cocktails. 364 Grove St.


Fox & Crow: The Pink Flamingo

Ingredients: Hibiscus, ginger, lime, and tequila.

Feel like a bird in paradise while sipping on this tall pink drink. 594 Palisade Ave.


Gringo's: My "G" Emma

Ingredients: Lemongrass-infused Blanco Tequila, cucumber juice, pressed pineapple, and agave.

Is it even a summer cocktail if it doesn't come with a mini umbrella? This cocktail is as sweet and exhilarating as the days of summer, no umbrella needed. 12 Coles St.


Harry's Daughter: Hawaiian Hotstepper

Ingredients: Scotch bonnet pepper-infused Tequila (house infused), organic passion fruit puree, Demerara syrup, Hawaiian black lava salt rim.

The Caribbean influences at Harry's Daughter have expanded beyond the west coast for this Hawaiian Hotstepper. A little sweet, a little spicy, all delicious. 339 Communipaw Ave.


The Kitchen Step: The Ring of Fire

Ingredients: Mezcal, hibiscus, macadamia nut, lime distillate, Passion Fruit Snow, and Tiki Bitters.

Inspired by a trip to Hawaii, "The Ring of Fire" is the nickname that locals give the wild hibiscus flower. The locals claim that the flower looks similar to the top of a volcano. Macadamia nuts are grown in Hawaii and every Hawaiian-inspired cocktail needs those tropical notes like passion fruit. The mezcal adds an interesting twist. 500 Jersey Ave.


LITM: Some Like It Hot


Ingredients: Jalapeno-infused tequila, peach liqueur, passion fruit, lemonade, and guajillo chili salt rim.

For all the spice lovers out there, this is your drink! Muy picante with the perfect blend of sweetness. Ohhh–and you can order all cocktails by the glass or pitcher. Your choice, but we'd go with the pitcher. 140 Newark Ave.


Low Fidelity: Roman Holiday


Ingredients: Gin, Campari, ginger, lime, pineapple, and soda.

The Roman Holiday is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer's eve. Head to Low Fidelity for a holiday in a glass. 328 Palisade Ave.


Mathews: Fo Swizzle

Ingredients: Tequila, lime, lychee, coconut liqueur, topped off with some hot honey.

Tropical flavors mixed with hot honey? Yes please! Perfect for those summer nights that are a bit breezy. 351 Grove St.


Órale: The Dirty Goose

Ingredients: Grey goose vodka, Stillhouse Coconut White Whiskey, lychee, banana liqueur, and muddled gooseberries.

Oralé always serves up spectacular drinks. Craft Mexican-inspired cocktails AND tacos. What else does anyone need to be happy? 341 Grove St.


Pet Shop: Bitter Betty


Ingredients: Deep Eddy Vodka, Campari, Framboise, passion fruit, sparkling wine, and bitters.

Don't let it's light pink color and sparkling wine fool you, The Bitter (and sweet) Betty packs a berry hard punch. Pet Shop doesn't disappoint. 193 Newark Ave.


Red Lounge: Tequila Honeysuckle

Ingredients: Tequila, lemon juice, honeysuckle.

Red Lounge is taking a minimalist approach when it comes to their cocktails this season. This is their version of a daiquiri with a tequila and floral twist. A drink that consist mainly of tequila is okay in our book! Red Lounge is located in the basement of Pasta e Vino and is only open late night Thursday through Saturday. 136 Newark Ave.


Skinner's Loft: The Prickly Pear Margarita

Again, we couldn't do a Summer Cocktail Guide sans a Margarita. Prickly Pear is a popular marg flavor in trendy restaurants across the Southwest (and now Jersey City). What is prickly pear exactly? It's the fruit of a Cactus, similar to figs. 146 Newark Ave.


SOUTH HOUSE: Blazed

Ingredients: Malt Whiskey base, French-Caribbean Coconut Rum, Pineapple Brulee, fresh lemon juice, a spray of 16-Year-Old Scotch.

The latest masterpiece at South House, Blazed, is a sweet citrus cocktail with slight nutty and smoky notes and a torched pineapple garnish. Yeah… It's lit. 149 Newark Ave.


The Archer: The Road Rio

Ingredients: Amburana Cachaça, cranberry liqueur, pineapple, lime, and vanilla.

If you can't afford a flight or don't have any vacation time left, there is always The Road to Rio to drown your sorrows. 176 Newark Ave.


Third & Vine: Holman's Revenge

Ingredients: Scotch, Cappelletti, Cocchi Americano, scorched orange.

This spring drink stands out from the pack–for a spring drink, it's light on the fruity flavor, but heavier on the alcohol. Definitely ideal for those with a sophisticated palette.


White Star Bar: Lime in the Coconut & Summer Fling

Lime in the Coconut: Shipwreck Mango, Shipwreck Coco Cream, pineapple, lime.

Summer Fling: Gin: Amaro, Dry Curacao, maraschino pineapple, lime, bitters.

Since White Star Bar has two locations… and two is always better than one, especially when it comes to cocktails. Get twisted up with Lime in the Coconut or fall in love with the Summer Fling. 230 Brunswick St & 179 Warren St.


Written by Kaitlyn De Leonardis

Jersey City born, Kait loves how the city has flourished since her childhood, and the fact that she can now enjoy it as an adult. She can often be found running by the waterfront, in the local vintage shops or killing it on the foosball table at South House. Her hobbies include brunch, shopping, and Instagram. What like those aren't hobbies? Follow her outfits and antics @outfittedand_about!