Hagtap Holiday Drinks: Buon Natale, at Porta

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Strolling down Newark Avenue, on your left hand side you will notice an elegantly designed, rustic exterior to the Porta restaurant. Automatically I was drawn to this unique, dimly lit, Italian spot.

Walking into Porta, I felt instantly welcomed. It’s interior is full of raw and exposed details, such as open ceilings and uncovered walls. The extremely friendly and attentive hostesses greeted me with a smile and were more than happy to introduce to me to their mixologist, Sammy Gilmete.

I waited for Sammy to conjure up all the needed ingredients such as candy cane and chocolate liqueur. He created a unique, and strong, chocolaty holiday drink just for Hagtap, called Buon Natale! (Merry Christmas in Italian).

Buon Natale

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Sammy Gilmete, mixologist at Porta, soaks the martini glass in syrup and coats the rim with crushed candy cane. Using a mini torch, he roasts the lavender marshmallow that sits right on top the Buon Natale.
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From left to right: Old Forester Whiskey, Fernet Branca Liquor, Silvio Meletti Liqueur, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

— Crushed Candy Cane

— House-made Lavender Marshmallow

— Hershey Chocolate Syrup

— Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

— Old Forester Whiskey

— Silvio Meletti Liqueur

— Fernet Branca Liqueur

— A Splash of Cream

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