Summer Sips

The Surf Lodge’s head bartender Remi Shobitan concocts vibrant cocktails for every palate.

By Ray Rogers

PURIST: What do you love about working and living in Montauk?

Remi Shobitan: Almost everyone is in a vacation state of mind and I feel more connected to nature; the five elements are more present in Montauk than the city for me. My home base is Harlem during the off-season.

PURIST: What kind of experience do you hope to provide for guests at The Surf Lodge?

RS: I hope to help instigate a wonderful and joyful time. We want people to feel very inclusive with The Surf Lodge family.

PURIST: What’s your favorite drink to make?

RS: That would be Chai Summer. It’s simple, but the chai tea in the cocktail is very supportive of the digestive system. It can help improve digestion, alleviate nausea, and help with aches and pains and overall cell health.

PURIST: What do you drink when off-duty?

RS: Well, I have been sober for the past five years, so mostly just water and some form of green juice, like The Boomerang from Naturally Good in Montauk or Dr Smood’s cold-pressed green juices.

PURIST: Tell us a little about your background in the industry.

RS: I was born and raised in Nigeria. I started bartending at Amy Sacco’s Lot 61. I have experience at all levels of service and in every position, from dishwasher to manager. I’ve had the luxury to be trained by the world famous Dale DeGroff and work side by side with one of the country’s greatest bartenders and brand ambassador extraordinaire, Tim Cooper.

PURIST: In what ways does being a bartender enliven you?

RS: Working in the service industry gives me an opportunity to consistently engage with people and find new ways of entertaining the guests. It’s truly a wonderful space to be in.

PURIST: What does a night off in Montauk look like for you?

RS: My night out in Montauk is usually very chill after a busy weekend. I start off with dinner at a very relaxed restaurant, like The Crow’s Nest or Inlet, and maybe end up at a bonfire on the beach.

“An easy breezy summer cocktail that cools you down.” —Remi



1.5 oz. Grey Goose vodka

1 oz. St-Germain liqueur

.75 oz. lemon juice

.5 oz. blackberry puree

Method: Shaken

Glassware: Coupe/martini

Garnish: Mint sprigs

“A refreshing tequila cocktail that’s bright with herbal complexity.” —Remi


1.5 oz. Milagro tequila

.75 oz. Chareau aloe liqueur

.75 oz. agave nectar or syrup

.75 oz. lime juice

1 oz. cucumber juice

Method: Shaken with 3 mint sprigs

Glassware: Highball

Garnish: Cucumber slice

“This has tons of flavor and depth with a big bouquet of earthy and smoke flavor and lingering spice.” —Remi


1.5 oz. Ilegal mezcal

1.5 oz. cumin and red pepper syrup

.75 oz. lime juice

3 dashes Scrappy’s Firewater bitters

Glassware: Highball

Garnish: Dehydrated blood orange wheel   

“A riff on the piña colada, without the use of a blender, this is fun and delicious—and the matcha is great for focus. It’ll will give you energy without any jitters.” —Remi


 2 oz. Leblon cachaça

.75 oz. lime juice

.75 oz. coconut mix
(2 parts Coco Lopez coconut cream to 1 part coconut milk)

1.5 oz. matcha powder

Glassware: Highball

Garnish: Dehydrated pineapple and basil leaf or aloe leaf