Mixology 101 – Drink of the Week

The Rusty Nail Bar of Cape May, or “The Nail” as known by locals, made a name for itself in the 70s as an iconic Cape May County surfer bar and favorite hangout. Today, “The Nail” legacy lives on as lifeguards, surfers, and vacationers continue to gather around the original wooden bar – Cape May’s Longest – for a cold brew or cocktail. This week, we salute The Nail and its acclaimed signature drink which is truly a trip to the tropics.

Nothing says beach bar like your toes in the sand and a cold coconut in your hand. And with The Hammer, The Rusty Nail makes this perfect fantasy a reality. Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and Cruzan Coconut Rum blended with passion fruit puree and fresh lemon and pineapple juices make up this crowd favorite cocktail. The dark rum perfectly balances the sweet tang of the passion fruit and lemon juices, while the coconut rum gives The Hammer its refreshing tropical taste. Order up The Hammer in its souvenir coconut cup, grab a seat at the outdoor fire pit near the sand bar, and cool down in Cape May’s most relaxed beachfront atmosphere. And The Nail’s daily and nightly live entertainment make The Hammer experience that much better. Hang on to your coconut and drift away on Reggae Sunday. Or enjoy Cape May’s coldest bottle of Miller Lite for just $1 on Mondays until sundown.

By Megan Kummer