St. Augustine in a New Light
Cocktails by local mixologists inspired by the spring season featuring St. Augustine Distillery spirits 

To celebrate our exhibition St. Augustine in a New Light: American Impressionism from the Collection of the Lightner Museum, we’ve partnered with our friends at the St. Augustine Distillery to create a series of spring-themed cocktails artfully crafted by local mixologists. Enjoy a cocktail made with world-class spirits from the St. Augustine Distillery, inspired by the bright colors and bold palette of the Impressionist artists featured in our exhibition.

The first cocktail in the series is titled the Flagler Collins and was created by mixologist Gavin Shoemo. Since Henry Flagler had such a remarkable impact on the architecture of St. Augustine, we’ve paired the cocktail with the painting, St. Augustine Skyline by Felix F. de Crano, which features several of Flagler’s buildings including our Hotel Alcazar.

Flagler Collins

Bright and herbal, this cocktail will deliver a taste of St. Augustine spring in each sip.


  • 1.5oz St. Augustine Distillery New World Gin
  • 0.75oz cucumber simple syrup
  • 0.5oz lemon juice
  • 0.5oz elderflower liqueur
  • 5 drops orange flower water
  • Basil
  • Soda water


Combine all ingredients except for soda water in shaker with ice and shake well. Strain over crushed ice and top with soda water. Garnish with basil leaf.

About the Mixologist 

Gavin Shoemo, Bartender at Boat Drinks Social Media Handle @papashoemo

How did springtime in St. Augustine inspire this cocktail? 

Springtime is one of my favorite times in St. Augustine! Beautiful weather with plants coming back to life. You can’t help but want to spend the day outside. Whether it’s at the beach, your backyard or at the game. I made this cocktail to go hand in hand with your beautiful day. Let the bright elements of this drink bring spring to your lips.

Tell us about your work at Boat Drinks 

Working at Boat Drinks is as if my bar is cruising the 7 Seas! We have a diverse selection of rums from all over, as well as a beautiful seafood selection! The staff, just like the owners, are laid back and knowledgeable with great hospitality skills. I’ve never been somewhere more attentive to quality and customer service. Love my crew mates and the elements we serve!”