Orlando Food Adventure: Must-Visit Distilleries
An all-new lineup of culinary oddities, unique finds and hidden gems. Our dining critic journeys into the bizarre, healthy, spirited, "who knew" and just plain cool and delicious.
Wild Buck Whiskey crafted by Kevin and Natalie Goff since 2015 from their own farm-grown rye and captured rain water; Florida sugar cane
Mermaid Rum; 150-proof Ryes in Shine moonshine straight from the still. wildbuckwhiskey.com
Along with great BBQ and cocktails on tap, more than 75 varieties of small-batch bourbon and rye like New York’s Widow Jane, Michter’s Kentucky Straight Rye and St. Augustine Double Oak. politepig.com
New kid Loggerhead opened in 2017, making sweet tea vodka; gin with Key lime, orange, lemon and grapefruit; and vodka from Florida corn. loggerheaddistillery.com
Peaden Brothers Distillery
Housed in the 1940s Fox Theater building, making corn whiskey moonshine from the same Florida crop as UF’s Gator Grind grits since 2014. peadenbrothersdistillery.com