It’s a new year so you will be seeing all sorts of “Best of” articles, memes and columns. Some even did theirs in the middle of last year. How you decide who the best anything was for the year before the year is over seems a little sketchy, but that’s none of my business.
This article is the tenth in a series showcasing the best in Jacksonville, Florida. We did ours differently than most. Our best is not just a popularity contest as many others are. We accepted votes, via our facebook page, to get a list of the top twenty as selected by the citizens of Jax. We then sent Deputy Examiners into the field to independently rate each burger, beer, cocktail, happy hour, etc…
We took those totals and came up with a list of the five best in each category as well as 5 honorable mentions. There were a few categories that didn’t have twenty and in that case we used the top half for our in field examinations. Our best of are not listed in any particular order, they represent the best Jax has to offer in their respective categories. We have left the best part for you; try each one and decide for yourself which is The Best in Jax! Best drinks in Jacksonville;
Baked Apple Sazerac at The Volstead. The Volstead is just the place you’d expect to find this classic cocktail; Apple, cinnamon, Bulleit Rye Whiskey, and a touch of absinthe.
Black Widow at The Hourglass Pub. MacKenzie’s black cherry hard cider mixed with Green Room Brewing’s Count Shak-u-la Stout.
The Beast at The Silver Cow. Grand Cru Belgian ale served in a 6-ounce glass, topping out somewhere between 16 and 19 percent ABV
Cucumber Dill Lime Aide at Fly’s Tie Irish Pub. Only available during Sunday brunch. Cucumber vodka, fresh cucumber and lime juice and chopped dill with watermelon ice cubes.
The Edinburgh at Dos Gatos. Muddled lemon, lime, orange and basil marry well with Glenlivet 12 and elderflower liqueur, creating a true house classic.
Moscow Mule at Poe’s Tavern. Reyka Vodka, Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice, Gosling’s Ginger Beer, Lime Slice and Mint Sprig. While you’re there be sure and try; Poe’s Punch, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Trader Vic’s Coconut Rum, Bols Apricot Brandy, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Cranberry Juice, Splash of Grenadine, Pineapple Slice and Orange Slice
Spicy Margarita, Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila, Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice, Agave Nectar, Kosher Salt Rim, Jalapeno Slices, Lime Slice and Cilantro Sprig.
Old-Fashioned at The Blind Rabbit A Burger and Whiskey Bar. The Blind Rabbit Signature Barrel Knob Creek Bourbon, Orange, Luxardo Cherries, Turbinado Sugar, Grapefruit Bitters. Two other Blind Rabbit Whiskey Bar specialties not to be missed are; Drunken Rabbit, Blind Rabbit Signature Barrel #250 Jefferson’s Small Batch Bourbon, Aperol, Orange, Raspberries, Mint
Bacon & Bourbon Bacon Infused Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Vanilla Tincture, Candied Applewood Smoked Bacon
Tully on the Rocks at Bay Street Bar & Grill. Tullamore Dew, the legendary triple distilled, triple blend Irish whiskey, over ice.
Watermelon Bliss at Flying Iguana Taqueria & Tequila Bar. An endless summer comes in the form of this lively, refreshing margarita made with Maestro Dobel reposado tequila, agave nectar, fresh watermelon, cucumber, lime, and lemon.