• Cocktails at Corgi Spirits: Jersey City’s First Distillery

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    Jersey City’s first and only distillery is here, and it’s awesome. In the midst of Liberty State Park’s back roads, you’ll find Corgi Spirits {located at 1 Distillery Drive in the Bergen Lafayette area of Jersey City} where you can enjoy good cocktails in a chill atmosphere — all while contributing to local animal rescue {keep reading to find out how}. And if you’re hungry, head outside to the food trucks {yes — you heard that right} for some late night munchies {obvs a necessity}. Read on to see what else makes this distillery so special and why we’re glad it’s so close to home.

    One step inside this bar/lounge and you will feel instantly transported to the twist on the definition of “Chilltown”: the chill vibe at Corgi is somewhat reminiscent of a fancy speakeasy with a bit of “across the pond” flair. The owner, Robert Hagemann, is a huge fan of all things British — hence the bar’s name. The cozy couches by the bar are great for relaxing with a few drinks while the sounds of Kanye West and Kid Cudi play in the background {there is also a private hidden lounge that can be reserved for smaller, more intimate gatherings}.

    One can’t help but feel high society in this place {and not overwhelmed by large crowds — a huuge plus} that produces fancy and beautiful cocktails, all mixed with Corgi’s small-batch handcrafted spirits in-house. The array of bevs currently include Pembroke Gin, Early Grey Gin, and Saddlecoat Vodka.

    In addition to the mixed drinks, Corgi also offers tastings of up to three of their products for just $5, if you’re looking to sample before getting a full bev {and tastings are free with your purchase of a bottle, ya’ll}. Free tours of the distillery are also available any day on the hour up until 8PM.

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    Corgi describes every bottle they produce as a “beveragical adventure” — and boy, do they mean it. Here are some noteworthy drinks that we enjoyed:

    NGrind Cold Brew G&T – think of it as a gin and tonic with fresh cold-brewed coffee mixed in {it tastes even better than it sounds!} – a perfectly caffeinated refreshment.

    The Lavender Fields Forever cocktail, made up of Pembroke gin, peach, lavender, lemon, treacle syrup and walnut bitters is delightfully floral with just a hint of sweet, all at the same time {with an adorable sprig of lavender adorning the glass to boot}.

    The Corgi Cuppa, which comes in a charming teacup, has a bolder citrus-y taste and is made with lemon, honey syrup and Angostura bitters; and the Ginger Pear Gimlet is a refreshingly fruity way to enjoy a classic drink.

    The 221B made with Saddelcoat Vodka, smoke {yes, it’s lit on fire before it’s handed to you}, dry vermouth and peat bitters, and it’s just like drinking fire – in the best way possible.

    There are even more drinks on the menu to try, including a classic G&T in a variety of tonic flavors with your choice of Corgi spirit if you aren’t in the mood to get fancy.

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    If you aren’t already convinced that this place is worth checking out, Corgi Spirits also gives back to animals as they partner with local animal rescue organizations such as See Spot Rescued and the Liberty Humane Society.

    Corgi’s owner also has plenty of ideas for upcoming events and welcomes patrons to contribute thoughts on the distillery’s website — Corgi dog meet-ups, dog adoption days, and yoga mornings at the distillery have been added to the list so far.

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    Have you been to Corgi Spirits? What did you think {and drink}? Share with us in the comments!

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    Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.


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