Shaken, stirred, infused or spritzed, nothing beats a great cocktail, and in South Walton we have some of the finest mixologists that are passionate about honing their craft. One of them is Corey Jernigan from The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach who is artistic with his creations, and during the Food Film Festival South Walton this year, came up with a refreshing libation for The Local Palate called “Summer On 30A.” The drink features the finest Oryza Vodka and Oryza Gin from Donner-Peltier Distillers. During these warmer months you can quench your thirst on this beverage at The Pearl, Neat Bottle Shop and Caliza in Alys Beach, as well as Pizza Bar in Seaside, Roselie at 30Avenue, Shades at Inlet Beach, or try your hand at making this recipe at home. The fresh flavors are cooling and invigorating, perfect for the warm days and balmy nights spent in the summer on 30A.
Summer on 30A
2 ounces Oryza Vodka or Gin
.75 ounce basil infused simple syrup
1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 two inch watermelon cubes
.25 ounces of St. Germaine
2 English cucumber slices
Watermelon rind for garnish
Muddle all produce together in shaker tin. Add alcohol and shake vigorously fifteen times. Double strain over crushed ice. Garnish with slice of watermelon rind.
If looking for cocktail recipes check out my Pinterst page here, Donner-Peltier’s here, and follow our journey on instagram here and here using the hashtags #oryzavodka, #oryzagin, #rougarouxrum, #la1whiskey, #summeron30a, #drinkoutsidethebox and #sipcoastal.