A St. Augustine institution since the mid-1990s, A1A Ale Works serves up craft cocktails, local brews and a variety of Caribbean, Cuban and Florida-influenced cuisine on the scenic bayfront. “Everything we do is handmade and fresh,” says bartender Nicole Bartek, who has been at the restaurant for more than 11 years. “It’s the direction we’ve been going in forever – even before it became the popular thing to do.” Inspired by the city she’s lived in for most of her life, Bartek has created a Minorcan Mary. A play on the classic Sunday brunch cocktail using local ingredients like St. Augustine Distillery’s Florida Cane Vodka and a datil pepper-infused Bloody Mary mix, the Minorcan Mary has a sweet kick to it.
“Every restaurant needs a ‘Wow!’ Bloody Mary,” says Bartek…
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