Visitors of the North Fork who like frozen cocktails, but can’t deal with the accompanying high fructose corn syrup headache, are in luck. Good Libations, a mobile bar catering to private events and serving frozen craft drinks, has rolled into town.
The mint green vehicle, a restored 1950 Ford Railway Express truck, recently became available to book for private parties. It’s owned and operated by Greenport resident David Cammarota, who you might have seen working at Brix and Rye.
Instead of store bought drink mixes and bottled citrus juice, ingredients like simple syrup are made in house with can sugar and all citrus juices are squeezed fresh.
“When you go the extra mile, there is a big difference in taste and people appreciate that,” Cammarota said. “There are no shortcuts.”
He plans to source fruit like strawberries, blueberries and watermelon from local farms like Sep’s Farm in East Marion and Oysterponds Farm in Orient. He’ll also offer cocktails made with Long Island wine like Bridge Lane rosé.
The menus will change according to season, he said.
The custom made drinks are mixed in a commercial kitchen and then frozen in one of five frozen drink hoppers once the truck arrives at that party. The drinks are served in highballs, margarita, glasses, stemless wine glasses and more (your choice) atop a surfboard shaped bar. Non-frozen mixed drinks can be added to the menu as well.
The idea was influenced, in part, by the success of other North Fork food trucks like the artisanal pizza truck Rolling in Dough.
“I was inspired by [1943 Pizza Bar owner Matt Michel] and seeing how his truck makes people happy,” Cammarota said.
The truck was outfitted by M Design in Rochester, which has made an entire business out of renovating food trucks. The surfboard-shaped bartop, made from cedar and cherrywoods, was crafted by Wooden Boatworks in Southold. It fits into a wooden bar base made by local artisan woodworker Peter Vandernoth.
“I was just blown away,” Cammarota said of the finished product. “They do incredible work and they were so efficient. It was a very cool.”
The truck will be available for parties from June through fall. For more information visit goodlibationstruck.com.