This week, we're bringing the vacation to you. Here are the recipes for some of the up-and-coming Pensacola Bay Area cocktails. 

Casino Beach Bar & Grill: Painkiller

Painkiller

Casino Beach Bar, where every day feels like vacation. Take your kitchen to a sunny state of mind with the painkiller.  You’ll feel like you’re on island time once you taste this cocktail, complete with notes of fresh Florida orange juice and coconut. Now all you need in your yard is a hammock!

Painkiller

1 oz Sailor Jerry

1 oz Silver rum

1 oz Fresh Orange Juice

3 oz Pineapple Juice

.25 oz of Creme de Coco.

Mix ingredients into a Collins glass and top with .25 oz Papa Pilar's Dark Rum.  Garnish with a slice of orange and freshly ground nutmeg. 

 

Jackson’s Steakhouse: Old Pensacola

Old Pensacola

A restaurant as eclectic as they come. Jackson’s Steakhouse boasts an award-winning chef, white tablecloths and a staff that will make you feel like family. This cocktail will leave you wanting to build that bonfire when you taste the apple cider and cinnamon bark syrup. President Jackson would surely give his stamp of approval.

Old Pensacola

2oz Golden Rum

.5oz Pear Brandy

1oz of small batch apple cider

.25oz of citrus

.5oz of cinnamon bark syrup

Shake and strain ingredients into a Martini glass, garnish with a lemon twist.

 

FloraBama: Blueberry Bama-Jama

FloraBama Cocktail

Talk about a drink with a story! Jeff and Jenny Pennington, owners of Pickers Vodka, were vacationing in the Pensacola Bay Area from Nashville. The two met by chance at the Flora-Bama, fell in love and later got engaged at the same place! After continuing to vacation in Perdido Key for years, the two approached their favorite watering hole about carrying their signature vodka. The vodka brand is the official well of the Flora-Bama, in addition, they all carry their three flavors – blueberry, pineapple and blood orange, all of which are made with real fruit. I love this drink because it is quick, easy and refreshing! Buy that pre-packaged lemonade for once, we encourage it!

Blueberry Bama-Jama

1 1/4 shot of Pickers Blueberry Vodka

Pre-packaged lemonade

Mix ingredients with ice and serve

 

Old Hickory: P.S. I Love You

Old Hickory P.S. I love you

Pumpkin Spice, I Love You. The inspiration for the P.S. I Love You cocktail came from the cultural phenomenon that is our love affair with all things pumpkin spice. We are well aware that this flavor combination is an American favorite. Every Fall, we find ourselves surrounded by pumpkin spice everything! There seems to be no stopping it, the trend has been on the upswing for over a decade now so why not embrace it? This cocktail is a nod to the obsessive pumpkin spice lovers everywhere. The cocktail itself consists of puréed pumpkin, brown spice liqueur, allspice liqueur, and organic pumpkin spice vodka combined with a bit of tart lemon and saline (fancy word for salt water) to really punch up the flavor. It's a surprisingly light sipper— a fresh take on a normally rich and indulgent flavor. It has all the warming qualities you'd expect to find except it's not hot. Pensacola has a pretty short winter so I wanted to stay away from a hot beverage (that one's been done already) and offer up something just a bit different. I hope everyone enjoys drinking it as much as I loved creating it.

Pumpkin Vodka,

Bubba's Secret Still Spice Liqueur,

Lemon,

Saline Solution,

Pumpin Puree, and

St Elizabeth All Spice Dram

 

Pensacola Beach Bushwacker

bushwacker

Photo By @dcboozin

 If Pensacola had an old faithful, the Bushwacker would be it. It all started back in 1975 when the Sandshaker’s original owner Linda Taylor visited Sapphire Beach Village, St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and tasted a drink they called “Bushwacker.” The drink was so delicious that the owner decided to try it out on the customers back home at the Shaker.  After much experimentation with various ingredients, the Shaker came up with its own recipe for the Bushwacker. Since then, just about every restaurant on the beach has a variation, heck there's a whole festival dedicated to this frosty beverage! You can find all sorts of variations across the barrier island including banana, strawberry and even some topped with a caramel liqueur, but none will ever beat the original. 

Bushwacker 

4 oz. Cream of Coconut

2 oz. Kahlua' Coffee Liqueur 

1 oz. Bacardi Black Rum

1 oz. Creme De Cacao

4 oz. Half-and-Half

Vanilla Ice Cream

Pour ingredients into a blender with two cups of ice and blend. Serve with chocolate syrup and a cherry.