Getting over the hump of the work week might be a little more fun than usual today. Bars and restaurants across Southwest Florida are honoring the day with rum specials and tempting cocktails. However, the party is extra special for one local distillery. They are celebrating National Rum Day with a new distiller at Cape Coral’s Wicked Dolphin.
Eric Robinson is the new man of the hour with some 12 years of distilling experience. Wicked Dolphin was established by JoAnn Elardo in 2012. Starting small, she and her family hand peeled citrus and other ingredients needed for their small batch rum. Local sourcing has always been important to JoAnn. Florida sugar cane is used in the distilling process. The distillery has gone on to win numerous awards and accolades, nationwide. When she first started the distillery, she fought to change Florida laws when it came to crafting, tasting and selling alcohol in one space. She is considered to be a pioneer in the state when it comes to craft spirits and family distilling operations.
You can take a tour of the Wicked Dolphin Distillery at their facility on SW 3td Place. Tours include tasting some of the most popular spirits as well as those being created. Be sure to try the Wicked Dolphin Rumshine, their version of moonshine. It comes in blueberry and strawberry flavors.
In addition, many local bars carry a range of the local spirits. The rums are low sugar and gluten free. In addition to celebrating National Rum Day with a new distiller at Cape Coral’s Wicked Dolphin, I’ve put together a few recipes to try at home. Cheers.
Please drink responsibly.