Thirsty Thursday: Negroni

Italians believe you need to drink three of these before you begin to enjoy them (not in one night though):

1 oz GinNegroni
1 oz Vermouth
1 oz Campari
1 orange

Pour the gin, sweet vermouth and Campari into your favourite rocks glass over ice. Stir it down to your preferred taste. Then, zest the orange with true Italian flair over the glass and add the citrus to the potion. Forget minutes – you can make this in seconds…

Join us for a dinner with Kimerud

From Norway, the land of the midnight sun, we bring you Kimerud. Distilled from potatoes and 23 botanicals all harvested from the small, artisanal distillery’s farm.
There are four Gins: Kimerud Gin; Wild Grade Gin; Kimerud Hillside Aged Gin, and Pink Gin.
In fact, Kimerud Gin is the highest awarded Norwegian Gin and has received high honors in several international competitions.
One taste will make you a gin lover!
Please join us at Blu Grotto in Oceanport for our special
Norwegian Kimerud Gin Dinner.
It’s a great opportunity to discover an exceptional gin.
Kimerud Gin Dinner

First Course
Spiced Lamb Carpaccio
Pickled Ramps, Pecorini, Rosewater Harissa

Second Course
Porcini Risotto
Escargot, Preserved Truffle, Burnt Sage
Third Course
Dry Aged American Wagyu Strip Loin
Miso, Prawn Butter
Fourth Course
Cheese Selection
A collaboration with The Cheese Cave of Red Bank. 
Fifth Course
Coriander-Lime Panna Cotta
Confit Lime, Vanilla Crumble
Kimerud Gin Dinner
Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost per person: $70 +tip/tax
Members of USBG (United States Bartenders Guild) will receive a 15% discount.
Call Corinne Miller, Bar Manager, Blu Grotto Ristorante
for more information or to make your reservation at
Blu Grotto Restaurant
200 Port au Peck Avenue, Oceanport, NJ 07757
Blu Grotto Location

Located past the intersection of Oceanport and Port au Peck, toward Monmouth Train station.
The entrance is highlighted by a hand crafted arch.

Thirsty Thursday: Western Whisky Gold Rush Cocktail


2 ounces Western Honey Pepper Bourbon Style Whisky
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce honey


    1. Combine bourbon, lemon juice, and honey in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake very vigorously to help dissolve honey until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.
    2. Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into an old-fashioned or rocks glass with 1 large ice cube or several smaller ones.

Thirsty Thursday: Bewitching Tomahawk

Rye whiskey, oranges, and Sherry mingle in this incomparably smooth drink. Squeezing an orange peel over the top adds an extra boost of flavor.


  • 1 1/2 cups Tomahawk Rye Whisky
  • 3 tablespoons Herbal Liqueur
  • 3 tablespoons Amontillado Sherry
  • 2 tablespoons Simple Syrup
  • 12 dashes orange bitters
  • 12 orange twists


  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large pitcher. Add ice; stir for 15-20 seconds. Strain the mixture into 6 chilled coupe glasses. Pinch an orange twist over each drink, then rub around rims of glasses to release oils from peel; discard peel. Garnish each with a fresh twist.

YIELD: Makes 6 servings