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Exotic Escape: Discover the Top 5 Tropical Drinks in New Jersey

Missing the Island Vibes?

Brrr! The cold is getting to everyone. Even everyone at Jersey Social, a sports bar located at 837 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, knows that times like this make us wish we were in the tropics, with the sun shining down on us, surrounded by blooming bougainvillaea, a book in hand, and cocktails next to us!

But since we can’t just get up, pack our bags, and leave, we thought, why not entice everyone with Jersey Social’s tropical drinks menu, eh? That’s right, we may not be able to give you the temperature of the tropics, but we can give you the taste of the tropics! Buckle down, because we are taking you on a ride far away from this dreary cold.

Alright, the first drink was invented in the 1940s and has vodka, lime, ginger beer, and mint. It’s bubbly, tangy, and extra smooth going down. Any guesses? It is the classic Moscow Mule! The potent ginger flavor tempers the strength of vodka with fresh lime juice and sprigs of mint, tying them all perfectly together. The gentle burn from the ginger is enveloped in the minty, citrusy flavors.

The next star of the show is Margarita: The Perfect Cocktail. Tequila, triple sec, lime, and agave. The salty rim of the glass, the sweetness of agave, the bitterness of tequila, and the sourness of limes. Jersey Social’s Margaritas are a lifesaver during New Jersey’s hot and humid days! Even Matthew McConaughey has his recipe for it, and it’s alright, alright, alright.

The next cocktail aptly embodies the spirit of summer! It is often described as an Italian “sunset” in a glass. Prosecco forms the base of this drink, which is topped with vibrantly orange Aperol. Oops, we just gave away the name! We pour in club soda and crown it with an orange slice. It is Jersey Social’s Aperol Sprit—a citrus-focused aperitif made the way it is done in Italy but with the Jersey Social twist. Three parts prosecco, two parts Aperol, one part club soda, and an orange slice allow you to dive into Italian culture without ever leaving your chair.

This one is for the martini lover in you. It has a southeastern spin on it, and you are in for a yummy treat. It might sound strange to use the word “yummy” for a martini, but take our word for it. Vodka, Grand Marnier, and fresh lychee juice—we call it the Lychee Martini. Served in a tall, thin, and wide-mouth martini glass, Jersey Social’s Lychee Martini will get you hooked on your first sip. That’s how confident we are!

We return to Margaritas for the final one because it is our personal favorite. Oh, my mango! Aged tequila reposado, citrónge, mango puree, and spicy rose syrup. The flavors of the South Asian subcontinent are brought to life in this spicy, floral margarita. This Jersey Social cocktail is inspired by the Michelin-starred Junoon’s cocktail “Mumbai Margarita” in NYC. The trifecta of Citrónge, fresh mango puree, and delicious rose syrup are mesmerizing. The best part? It’s a visually stunning cocktail.

So, what are you waiting for? Summer might not be around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on the summer cocktails. Pop in on Tuesdays at Jersey Social for our weekly trivia nights and grab a plate of margarita flatbreads and a couple of these tropic-flavored cocktails. When you do visit, make sure you check out the David Bowie mural; it’s hard to miss.

“Drink, drink, drain your glass, raise your glass high.”

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