Order vodka at most bars and your bartender will ask, “Absolut, Grey Goose or Ketel One?”

Order vodka at Ice Plant Vintage Bar and head bartender Zach Lynch will say, “I have a vodka from Colorado, a vodka from Florida, Canada, Pennsylvania…” Selecting a drink at the Ice Plant Vintage Bar is an experience in small craft spirits, a step back in time to when individuals took pride in their craft and honed it to perfection.

Every part of your cocktail at Ice Plant reflects this passion – from hand-chiseled ice to house-made mixers – resulting in the best small batch cocktail you’ll find on the First Coast.

The drink menu at Ice Plant is longer than the farm-to-table dinner menu. Cocktails on the list range from citrusy Grapefruit Collins to spicy ginger Florida Mule. The old standbys are there too, with a local twist. You’ll find the Corsair and Cola familiar – that’s a small batch spiced rum from Tennessee with a splash of cola – house-made, of course.

I’m steadily working my way through the list – but every time I think I’ve tasted each drink, the seasonal menu changes, enticing me back yet again. One drink that has remained since opening, the Vieux Carre, is both fabulously familiar and outstanding. This classic New Orleans whiskey drink shows that six small batch liquors can elevate a drink to a whole new level. Poured over a massive ice sphere in a traditional rocks glass, this smooth sipper stays perfectly chilled and never gets watered down.

Zach shares what makes his Vieux Carre so smooth. “Most bars don’t have Benedictine and their vermouth quality is going to be different. They have different quality rye whiskey – ours is out of Utah. It’s all small craft spirits.”

We search the world over for the perfect bottle of wine and pair that with locally baked breads – why should cocktails be any different? Experience the resurgence of vintage craft spirits and sip your way to a classic, new favorite.

Ice Plant located at 110 Riberia Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084, 904.829.6553, iceplantbar.com
Open Daily 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.