Independence Day is upon us, and with a mid-week July 4 celebration this 2018, the party could go on all week. However, what are the perfect ingredients for the ideal Hamptons July 4 celebration? This week we share the scoop.
Old Whalers Style Sag Harbor Rum. Make a signature mojito with Sag Harbor rum — mixing rum, sugar, mint leaves, club soda, one lime, and a sprig of mint for garnish. www.sagharborrum.com
LiV Vodka. Try an authentic Long Island iced tea with Long Island Vodka using LiV Vodka from the first distillery on the North Fork of Long Island since the 1800s. www.lispirits.com
Rough Rider Bourbon. A Hamptons style Old Fashioned with award winning Rough Rider Bourbon. A high Rye straight Bourbon which garnered 94 points in the 2016 Ultimate Spirits Challenge contest. www.lispirits.com
quintessentially Hamptons gin and tonic using triple distilled locally grown potatoes as a base. The gin is then finished in oak barrels to add flavors of tangerine, lemon meringue, caramel, and nutmeg. www.newyorkcraftspirits.com
The Cooking Ingredients
Clam Man Seafood Market. The tradition of a Hamptons clambake on the beach may feel under siege but the Clam Man sources the best seafood and shellfish to make any party go swimmingly. www.clamman.com
Peconic Prime Meats. It’s next to the Clam Man and is the high-quality one stop shop for your July 4 food shopping. Come and see the high-quality fare put together by the team of passionate butchers.
Halsey Farm Stand. The Halsey family has maintained a farm since 1747 and therefore their farming interests pre-date the Declaration of Independence. Declare your dependence on their farm stand for your fruit and vegetables. www.halseyfarm.com
Round Swamp Farm. Round Swamp Farm is the East End’s go-to spot for fresh baked goods and farm quality market food. Visit its Bridgehampton or East Hampton store that started it all. www.roundswampfarm.com
Coopers Beach, Southampton. Consistently rated among the top beaches in America, visitors to Coopers Beach can enjoy the sand, fresh air, and beautiful backdrop of the famous mansions amid the landscape.
Ditch Plains Beach, Montauk. The super long break makes surfing a favorite of beginners as well as more experienced surfers. At the western end of the beach, the Cliffs of Shadmoor Park are stunning.
Two Mile Hollow, East Hampton. East Hampton’s main beach and popular with the younger crowd. Parking fees are $30 — however with only 40 parking spaces total you need to start early.
Atlantic Avenue Beach, Amagansett. South coast Amagansett favorite, this beach offers lifeguards and concession stands that among its provisions include fried clams, lobster rolls, and chicken tenders.
Hampton Ambassador. Featuring the all-important Wi-Fi internet connection and in-seat power sockets to keep up with social media en route to your Hamptons rendezvous, the Ambassador bus service runs from Manhattan to Montauk and back. www.hamptonambassador.com
Blade. Seal those deals at your desk before taking the evening Blade helicopter service from the 34th Street heliport and touchdown in the Hamptons just over 30 minutes later. Enough said. www.blade.flyblade.com
LIRR’s “Cannonball.” Take the Long Island Rail Road’s Hamptons Reserve Service aka the cannonball every Friday afternoon at 4:06 PM from Penn Station to Westhampton in 95 minutes, and every Sunday departing Montauk at 6:37 PM for Penn. Get a reservation early! www.web.mta.info
Signature Car Collection. Why not drive in style? Rent an Aston Martin DB9 and ensure you get the attention of car valet staff and event planners. Signature Car Collection has a selection of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, and Aston models. Just remember that renting and sleeping in the car is not an option. www.signaturecarcollection.com
Something To Read
Gin Lane by James Brady. Parade columnist and bestselling author James Brady’s second novel of the Hamptons invites you to take a stroll along Gin Lane, where name-dropping, celebrity spotting, and attempted murder heat up the glistening sands of New York’s hottest summer haunt.
Jaws by Peter Benchley. The classic novel of a great white shark which has decided to feed on the citizens of fictional Amity and the trials of local Sheriff Brody to best it.
Beach Road by James Patterson. Montauk lawyer Tom Dunleavy’s client list is woefully small-occasional real estate closings. He initially feels he has hit the jackpot when he is hired to defend a local man accused in a triple murder in East Hampton. However, the crime turns the glittering playground for the super-rich into a blazing inferno.
The Kitchen Sleuth by Henry A. Lambert with David Parreira. If the mystery is what to cook, consider it solved. Bridgehampton local Henry Lambert, who founded the groundbreaking Pasta & Cheese chain and also ran restaurants at Bergdorf Goodman and elsewhere, has compiled more than 100 favorite recipes. All of them are the result of many years spent eating and analyzing.
Your July 4 Playlist (Music, Movies, and TV)
Binge-watch sadly defunct TV show “Revenge” starring Emily VanCamp. ABC’s four-season tale of love, life, and revenge set in the Hamptons. www.abc.go.com
Fowlers Beach in Southampton was the setting for Michael Douglas’s portrayal of Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street. Try not to share Gekko’s stress, “I come to the country and it’s worse than the city!” www.imdb.com
Singer-songwriter, Genesis Jones is climbing the Billboard Breakout Chart with her newly released single “With or Without You,” produced by PJ Bianco, reaching #54. The track has seen great momentum on the Billboard Breakouts for Dance Songs since its release two weeks ago. www.genesisjonesmusic.com
Drawing upon the musical influences of Beyoncé, Chaka Khan, and Etta James, Imaní Scott released her third single Get Litty in March 2017, seven months ahead of her highly-anticipated debut album, The Introduction, released by Blue Diamond Music this past October. www.imaniscottmusic.com