Contest for local pubs and restaurants will result in official drink of Gulf County

Bar Wars

Seven local pubs and restaurants will help concoct the official adult drink of Gulf County, the “GCFL.” A blind taste test will determine the winning drink, which will be served county wide during the New Year’s Eve Celebrate Twice event.

Wes Locher
Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 09:48 AM.

Seven local pubs and restaurants are coming together to redefine Gulf County…or the official drink, at least.

Welcome to Bar Wars--an idea brought to the table from Tourist Development Council executive director Jennifer Jenkins, who aims to use a new beverage as a marketing tool to help further define and unite the area.

“It’s another brilliant idea that Jennifer has brought to the table,” said David Warriner, Chairman of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council advisory board. “It’s a creative and interesting idea and will help to build buzz in the community.”

During the advisory board’s meeting last week, volunteers from restaurants and bars came together to discuss the rules of the competition, the results of which will be announced during the New Year’s Eve Celebrate Twice event on Dec. 30. (See related article.)

Over the next several weeks, bartenders at Dockside Seafood and Raw Bar, Haughty Heron, Ronnie B’s, The Thirsty Goat, St. Joe Bar and Lookout Lounge will test new concoctions with their patrons, the aim to turn in a final recipe by Dec. 29.

The drink, which will be known as the “GCFL,” is also required to sport one of Gulf Coast’s official colors of turquoise, orange, coral, emerald green or royal blue.

“We don’t need something with exotic fruit and a little umbrella,” said Jenkins. “We’re looking for something that’s reflective of our visitors and residents.

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