This week, we set out to find a cocktail that dared to be different than the scores of local “summer” signatures. What we discovered was one of Wildwood’s best kept secrets and an ideal choice for those who like cocktails with a kick. The Watermelon Fire Margarita is an original creation of one of the island’s newest family eateries – Tavern on the Bay. Head bartender Heather expertly crafted TOB’s Watermelon Fire Margarita for our tasting pleasure using tequila, juice of a half of a lime, freshly muddled watermelon, and agave syrup, finished with the key ingredient – habanero sauce. The habanero is optional but definitely encouraged. The sweet flavor of the summer watermelon paired with the spicy finish of habanero made for an epic taste sensation with each sip. Plus, this signature is served in one of TOB’s oversized margarita glasses, so there’s plenty of delicious tasting to complete.
Sample this fiery favorite for yourself at Tavern on the Bay’s daily Happy Hour Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 2-6:30 p.m. Their exclusive menu of Happy Hour appetizers includes a varied selection of TOB signatures all for $5 or less. From mussels to veggie skewers and rice balls to a wood fired plain pie, these Happy Hour dishes serve as the perfect pre-dinner or post-beach snack. Rather go for a Spanish, coastal-inspired entrée to complement your hot margarita? Tavern on the Bay’s Seafood Paella is rumored to be the best on the island. For dinner with a view, head upstairs onto the Tavern’s rooftop deck for panoramic views of the Wildwoods and surrounding waterways and absolutely stunning sunsets. Stop by Tavern on the Bay to kick off Christmas in July weekend with lots of holiday specials, drinks, music, photos with Santa, and even an “Ugliest Hawaiian Shirt” contest.
By Meg Kummer