Sloe Gin from Big Cypress Distillery

Opened in 2016, Big Cypress Distillery cofounder Fernando Plata is proudly self-taught.

Sloe Gin from Big Cypress Distillery
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His hybrid pot and column still allows him to create a variety of spirits and fruit liqueurs, but for a taste of something you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, try one of two limited edition sloe gins. Each is crafted from the distillery's Magic City gin that's further flavored with lychee, sloe berries, and sweetened with a blend of mangrove honey sugar before it's aged between 18 to 36 months in port barrels. The resulting spirit makes a perfect sloe gin fizz, or simply sip and enjoy it solo. Keep your eye out for the limited release of Plata's orange spiced rum, available once each year. The spiced rum is given a touch of sweetness from mangrove honey before it's aged three years in charred new American oak barrels, matured with a medley of citrus including Florida orange peels and bitter orange, cacao nibs, vanilla, cinnamon, and allspice.