We've been on the road this summer discovering the best of handcrafted America for the launch of our new handcrafted menu. Check out our adventures. #SummerOfFridays

Handcrafted Breakdown // Double Berry Mojito Shaker

Our bartenders know how to shake things up. And this summer, they did – with a new drink – the Double Berry Mojito Shaker. Here’s how it’s handcrafted. Ice + beverage shaker. Add Bacardi Rum, fresh strawberry puree, raspberries, lime juice, lemon juice, and pure cane sugar. Next – shake. The last step – garnish with a slice of lime and fresh mint. Drink up.

Handcrafted Breakdown // Double Berry Mojito Shaker

Our bartenders know how to shake things up. And this summer, they did – with a new drink – the Double Berry Mojito Shaker. Here’s how it’s handcrafted. Ice + beverage shaker. Add Bacardi Rum, fresh strawberry puree, raspberries, lime juice, lemon juice, and pure cane sugar. Next – shake. The last step – garnish with a slice of lime and fresh mint. Drink up.

Making Her Curds And Whey

With 12 acres of land, goats that produce milk and cheese, chickens that produce eggs, and a garden that yields all sorts of vegetables, Mary Hart found she could feed her family and live off her land, going to the store “only for bleach and paper towels.” 19 years later, she’s turned the Decimal Place Farm in Conley, Georgia, into a family business, thanks to her all-natural, handmade goat’s cheese and milk.

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GET IT MADE

If you’re moving to Atlanta, don’t bother bringing anything with you. Crafted Westside, an artisan and designer collective, has everything you could need – or want – to turn your digs into a home-sized conversation piece. Inside, you’ll find reclaimed-wood coffee tables and tumbled-marble coasters to keep it protected; vintage, up-cycled lamps that will brighten up your place’s style; art for your walls and for your wrists, fingers, neck, and ears; and handmade soaps and apparel so you can clean up before you dress up.

Everything is unique, everything is handcrafted, and we could spend hours looking around (in fact, we did).

Pier Pressure

While in Tampa, we hit up Clearwater Beach and set up shop along Pier 60. And we have to admit, we could get used to the pier life. We met handcrafters skilled in painting, hair braiding, street entertaining, beading, and the list goes on.

As for us? We sat back, basked in the sun, looked out at the ocean, and shared some of our own handcrafted eats.

Fine Diner

How do you cook up one of the hottest restaurants in Tampa?

Just follow Suzanne Perry’s recipe. First, mix a full helping of retirement boredom with a pinch of a wild hair until you get a sweet idea: a gastropub with Southern-casual comfort food, a wall of craft beers on tap, and a modern–meets–down-home atmosphere.

Next, add an innovative menu of handcrafted, home-style creations like the Vandross Burger, served on a split glazed doughnut; Waffles n’ Tweet, topped with spicy smoked Buffalo Trace maple syrup; and the warmest, gooiest monkey bread you’ve ever had. Sprinkle in wine-bottle chandeliers, tiki-glass drinks, and orchid-adorned martinis for a little flair. The finishing touch? Some colorful, creative cupcakes you can’t resist. Voilà! You’ve got yourself a Tampa hot spot. Enjoy!

Surfboards and Stripes

When Philippe Asselin and Jody Miller got into surfing, they quickly realized that (a) the sport is addictive and (b) surfboards are expensive. So they decided to start making their own. Today, the friends are working together to help put Jody’s shop Pathway Surfboards on the surfboard map (particularly in the ocean part of it). Jody shapes and glasses surfboards and paddleboards by hand, while Philippe is the product-testing and development guy (by “testing” he means “surfing the shores of sunny Tampa, Florida”).

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