On October 9th, the Garden State’s best mixologists faced off at Trump Taj Mahal for the Iron Shaker finale. Participants included John Jansma of Restaurant Serenade (Chatham); Jonas Koep of Stone House (Warren); Matt Brown of Pig and Prince (Montclair); Rob Sorenson of Lefty’s Tavern (Barnegat); Lenny Schafer from The Iron Room (Atlantic City); Steve Fette from Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club (Bedminster); Shawn Warren of The Downtown (Red Bank); and Kevin Lauter from Sirena (Long Branch).
The creative libations on display included a camomile tea cocktail; Belvedere Vodka– garnished with cotton candy and Pop Rocks; and “Remember the a la Mode”, which featured Hennessy Black, homemade root beer, Averna, lemon juice and club soda, topped with homemade cinnamon whipped cream.
Who did judges Deb Smith (Jersey Bites), Melody Kettle (Montclair Food and Wine Festival) and cocktail expert and author Warren Bobrow crown the Iron Shaker? You have to watch the sizzle reel- produced by our production company exclusively for the event- to find out!
However, the real winner in #HipNJ’s eyes is YOU for having these great mixologists in your neighborhood! Events like this showcase the booming cocktail and nightlife culture of our great state.
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