CJ’s Restaurant & Bar: Home of The Rocket Fuel

CJ’s Restaurant & Bar: Home of The Rocket Fuel

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The Rocket Fuel, a popular drink on Fire Island and beyond, was invented by CJ's Restaurant & Bar.

For nearly 50 years, CJ’s Restaurant & Bar has been serving the Fire Island community in various ways, but what it’s ultimately become known for is one of its piña colada-esque cocktails, giving the iconic establishment the nickname of “Home of the Rocket Fuel.” “The Rocket Fuel was founded in 1971 at CJ’s Fire Island,” says Chris Mercogliano, a manager at The Palms Hotel, which owns the Fire Island staple. “It has become the drink of Fire Island and is served at many bars and restaurants. However, the best and still original version is served at CJ’s.”

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