Then, today, I got a follow-up email, containing recipes for St. Augustine Distillery’s two signature cocktails. It felt like Christmas. Or happy hour. Whatever. Either way, it was enough justification to break out the bottles and do a little taste-testing. For you, of course.
Hopefully these drinks make your weekend a little brighter. And if nothing else, a little tastier. Cheers!
THE FLORIDA MULE
2 oz. St. Augustine Distillery Co. Florida Cane Vodka
2 oz. mule mix*
Fill a copper mug (preferable) with crushed ice
Stir and top with soda water
Garnish with fresh mint
*To make the mule mix, mix 1 part ginger juice (best fresh, from juicer), 4 parts lime juice, and 2 parts rich simple syrup (rich simple syrup is two parts sugar cooked with one part water until dissolved)
THE NEW WORLD GIN & TONIC
1.5 oz. St. Augustine Distillery Co. New World Gin
.5 oz. Strong Tonic Syrup (Did you know that tonic syrup was a thing? Seriously life changing. And it’s widely available.)
3-4 drops Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate (or a twist of fresh orange or lemon zest)
Add ice and stir
Top with 3 oz. soda water
By the way, this is not a sponsored post; I genuinely enjoyed the distillery and its products. If you’re interested in trying the gin or the vodka, and not planning on visiting St. Augustine anytime soon, you can order online from Broudy’s. They ship to most states.
I hope you enjoy these drinks. Preferable by a pool. And, please, let me know how you liked them!