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Montclair’s Pig & Prince Restaurant Goes Brando

This sponsored article is brought to you by the Pig & Prince Restaurant.

Montclair’s casual yet elegant Pig & Prince Restaurant is at the forefront of New Jersey’s creative mixology movement. Shaking up some of the trendiest cocktails in the area and pairing those drinks with inventive food is what Chef Mike Carrino and his team do best.

In a continued effort to use as many domestic spirits as possible in its cocktails, the popular Essex County restaurant has recently started serving Gaur Spice Whiskey. A popular cocktail created using this up-and-coming whiskey brand is the Brando. This unique libation is a new take on the classic Manhattan: the Brando is made with Gaur Spice whiskey, vermouth and tobacco bitters and offers many sensations from the very first sip—initially full of bold flavors then ending with an earthy and smooth finish. The bar staff at Pig & Prince has masterly played up the rich, smooth cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger flavor profile of Gaur Spice to craft an outstanding cocktail.

Chef Carrino recommends pairing the sexy Gaur Spice whiskey drink with one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, chipped beef. The popular chipped beef dish is made from 60-day, dry-aged, grass-fed Delmonico beef that is flashed cooked, cut into thin slices and marinated with fresh olive oil, mushrooms, and shallots. If you would like to recreate this cocktail at home, please see the following recipe.

The Brando

The Brando

The Brando


  • 2 ounces Gaur Spice whiskey
  • 1 ounce Noilly Prat Rouge
  • 2 dashes tobacco and leather bitters
  • ¼ ounce Fernet


  1. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake to blend.
  2. Serve in a martini glass.


Veronique DebloisFood & Wine Chickie: Veronique is a food and wine writer based in Morris County, NJ. As the author of the popular blog, Food & Wine Chickie Insider, Veronique shares recipes, wine and restaurant reviews and insight into the travel industry.. Follow Veronique on Twitter or like her Facebook page.

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