We spend last weekend in St. Augustine, FL for the The Players Championship golf tournament. The tournament is at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. I went to the tournament last year and the course is beautiful! It is a much more relaxed setting than The Masters. The TPC is all about having fun. People are partying the whole time!
I really enjoyed going last year, but it was HOT, and Chicken Legs made we walk A LOT. My parents decided to go down for the tournament this year. That meant I could go shopping with my Mom, and the guys could go to the tournament, Happy dance!!
In years past we have gone to Jacksonville, but this year we stayed in St. Augustine the whole time.
I found out about the St. Augustine Distillery from my friend, Karen. It has only been open about a month. Their motto is “Farm to Bottle”. The St. Augustine Distillery is working with local Florida farmers to grow their ingredients. They are using an heirloom sugar cane that is 200 years old for their vodka. Love that!
The St. Augustine Distillery is currently only selling Sugar Cane Vodka. They will soon be offering Rum, Gin and Bourbon. They have already barreled Florida’s only small batch Bourbon. It will be ready in 2018. They have a former Maker’s Mark Master Distiller, David Pickerell, working for them. I am curious to see how it compares to Maker’s. I will have to take Chicken Legs since he is an expert on Maker’s. Putting it on my calendar!
The St. Augustine Distillery is a locally founded and community owned distillery. They have 30 local investors. They renovated Florida’s oldest ice plant for their operations. The Florida Power and Ice building was part of St. Augustine’s first power and ice complex back in 1907. The distillery is on one side of the building and there is a restaurant/bar on the other side, The Ice Bar.
The Ice Bar serves St. Augustine Distillery Vodka in their cocktails. They offer lunch, dinner and bar snacks. We are planning on checking it out on our next visit.
The tour is free and lasts about 40 minutes total. It includes a tasting of the vodka and a mixed drink with the vodka.
We were served a Florida Mule. Very tasty! You can get the recipe on their website. *LOVE* the copper mugs. I had to get one for myself.
This is the video they show at the beginning of the tour. Watch it! It is so great to see how the St. Augustine Distillery is working with local farmers. They are putting a drawing of a farmer they work with on the bottle of each batch of vodka. It is a really neat place!