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The St. Augustine Distillery has become one of the hottest spots in town. The St. Augustine Distillery utilizes local ingredients to produce whiskey, rum, vodka, gin and bourbon in hand crafted small batches. Since opening in 2014, the Distillery has already won awards and many fans for its products. The Distillery is housed in a historic building that once served as an ice plant and free tours and tastings take place daily. In the Fall of 2016, the Distillery launched Florida’s first legal Bourbon since prohibition, and in November 2016, USA Today named the St. Augustine Distillery Gin the #1 Craft Gin in the USA.

The St. Augustine Distillery & The Florida Citrus Council recently created the A1A Cocktail Trail where the master mixologists at several restaurants and bars feature specialty cocktails using delicious Florida citrus paired with St. Augustine Distillery spirits. Imbibers bring their completed passport to the St. Augustine Distillery to receive free AA1A Cocktail Trail gear.

Since the opening of the St. Augustine Distillery, new craft cocktail lounges are popping up all over. Odd Birds, showcases the art of craft cocktails, combined with a variety of small bites of eclectic fare in a chill and relaxing atmosphere. While Prohibition Kitchen invokes the spirit of Bartolo in the very spot of what was St. Augustine’s Genovar Theatre, the social epicenter of Flagler's prohibition era.

And the Ice Plant Bar, adjacent to the St. Augustine Distillery, is inspired by the historical period of the early 20th century and guests are reintroduced to a time where the experience of having a cocktail and a bite to eat was both healthful and enjoyable.

Distilled Spirits aren’t the only beverage experiences on Florida’s Historic Coast. Wine continues to make a splash on Florida’s Historic Coast. Two new Wine rooms have recently opened in St. Augustine. The Carrera Wine Cellar, where there is no limit to the themed wine classes offered; and at the new Bin 39 Wine Bar at the St. George Inn features some of the best boutique wines from Sonoma and Napa valleys.

And, Florida’s second largest winery, the San Sebastian Winery has been producing Vintage dated varietals from hybrids such as Stover and Blanc Du Bois along with blended and sparkling wines from native Florida Muscadine grapes for decades. The San Sebastian Winery recently released a Pinot Grigio blend using west coast grapes and will be releasing a California blend of Petit Sirah this winter.
The San Sebastian’s Cellar Upstairs Wine & Jazz Rooftop Bar  is open Thursday through Sunday every week.