Florida’s New Spirited Trail
Taking the scenic route is the best way to travel along the coast of Florida, and now a stretch of A1A from Atlantic Beach to the north to historic St. Augustine to the south is even more enjoyable with the launch of the A1A Cocktail Trail. The Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC), St. Augustine Distillery and the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau (VCB) have created a trail of bars and restaurants that serve up original cocktails featuring farm fresh Florida citrus and spirits from the St. Augustine Distillery.
A1A Cocktail Trail passports, available at Florida Welcome Centers and participating bars and restaurants, guide you along State Road A1A to eight participating restaurants from Atlantic Beach to St. Augustine. Enjoy cocktails made with St. Augustine Distillery spirits and fresh Florida orange and/or grapefruit juice. Once you have your passport stamped at all eight locations, you can redeem it for a free collectible A1A Cocktail Trail t-shirt and branded wooden coaster set.
“We are excited about putting Florida on the ‘map’ as a state that is creating some of the freshest cocktails by combining locally made spirits from Florida agriculture with the world’s finest citrus utilizing our long history of agriculture and sustainable production practices,” explained Philip McDaniel, co-founder and CEO of St. Augustine Distillery. “Together, with the FDOC and VCB, we are proud to promote the spirit of Florida.”
Participating bars and restaurants include North Beach Fish Camp in Neptune Beach, Ragtime Tavern Seafood & Grill in Atlantic Beach, Hoptinger in Jacksonville Beach, Cap’s On the Water and The Reef in Vilano Beach, and Odd Birds, The Floridian and A1A Ale Works in downtown St. Augustine.
– Text & images courtesy St. Augustine Distillery