54 LONGISLANDPRESS.COM • OCTOBER 2020
NORTH FORK TABLE & INN
THE SEASONAL COCKTAIL
BY CJ ARLOTTA
Using fresh and delicious fruit in a
cocktail can make all the difference.
Taking this to another level, North Fork
Table & Inn switches up the fruit used in
its stone fruit old-fashioned with whatever
stone fruit is ripest at the time.
“As North Fork Table & Inn is surrounded
by farms and great produce, we are
excited to work with produce in an even
more focused timeline than the four
seasons,” says Amy Racine, beverage
director at JF Restaurants, a New Yorkbased
hospitality group that owns the
New American restaurant housed in a
historic countryside home in Southold.
“While the stone fruit will be offered
through the majority of fall, we have
been able to work with different stone
fruits in many forms of ripeness, as
they each have a unique timeline for
ripeness moving from late summer into
Rob Krueger, the restaurant’s head bartender,
created the stone fruit old-fashioned.
Keeping ripening dates in mind,
he selected stone fruit as the cocktail’s
main ingredient. The type of stone fruit
used in the cocktail varies by season,
as fresh and flavorful ingredients are
at the core of North Fork Table & Inn’s
dining and cocktail menus.
“It has been adapted from ripe peaches
into sweet cherries, and now the cocktail
has turned to focus on local plums,
which are beautiful this time of year
and will be for the next few weeks,”
Racine says. “As we go out of fall, we
look forward to showcasing preserved
stone fruits and starting the cycle over
as the weather warms next year. It’s
exciting for guests to see the transition
of the fruit through our cocktails while
honoring the lifecycle of great produce
in this area of Long Island.”
The stone fruit old-fashioned features
Four Roses Single Barrel bourbon,
bitters and stone fruit.
“Guests have been very delighted by
this signature take on an old-fashioned,”
she says, “since it livens up a
classic and creates a sense of place and
time by using the latest expression of
The North Fork Table & Inn is located
at 57225 Main Rd. in Southold. It can be
reached at 631-765-0177 or northforktableandinn.
The stone fruit old-fashioned.