St. Augustine, Fla.--If you like local sourcing cocktails then Ice Plant Bar is for you. They use as much local ingredients as possible in their drinks. They also make ice with purified water that is free of air bubbles and impurities. This allows their drinks to be colder and cleaner.
I got to taste their Pulp Fiction cocktail ($9) made with Florida kumquats, purple basil, lime, orange flower water and Novo Fogo cachaça.
It had a wonderful new rain earthy quality to it and tasted like an aromatic herb garden in a glass.
Ice Plant Bar hours are Tues.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun & Mon 11:30 a.m. to Midnight
They serve lunch Monday to Friday and dinner seven days a week.
They are located at 110 Riberia Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: (904) 829-6553
Slow Food USA had a Speakeasy Ark Of Taste Cocktail Competition this year. In April, participants from all over the country submitted cocktail recipes. Asian American, Irene Jade, of Delray Beach, was one of the winners with a mango cocktail.
The competition was open to 21-year old or over amateur and professional mixologists, and had one main requirement—that all the drinks include at least product from the Ark of Taste.
Jade, an avid gardener, Locavore, cheese maker, and co-chair of the Slow Food Glades To Coast, used a Shrub in her Mango By The Sea cocktail.
The type of Shrub was not one you’d find in a garden but instead it is an old timey, before refrigeration, method of preserving fruit in syrup made with sugar and vinegar.
Pascale’s, Delray Beach Jam Company, created Jade’s Shrub from ginger and Florida mango.
“The mango is from her backyard. And the mango nectar was saved from her hot sauce,” said Jade about Pascale.
The Florida Distillery in Central Florida made the cane vodka.
“Cane Vodka really embodies Slow Food. It is made in small batches with South Florida grown cane and bottles that are made in the USA,” said Jade.
Mother nature made the ginger and Florida Key Lime juice.
“I really wanted to use ingredients local to the South Florida area,” said Jade with a smile that could light up a room.
Her passion for sourcing local came early from her mother who grew most of what her family ate and made everything from scratch.
“I want people to support local Florida agriculture,” said Jade.
Mango By The Sea Cocktail recipe
1 oz. Florida Premium Cane Vodka
2.5 Tbsp. Pascale’s Mango Ginger Shrub
3 Tbsp. fresh Florida mango nectar
1.5 oz. fresh Florida Key Lime juice
0.25 oz. fresh finely grated ginger
Combine all ingredients, stir and add ice. Or put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice, shake and pour into a glass. Garnish with fresh Florida Key Lime zest.