The Art of the Beverage: Beautiful Coffee, Juice & Cocktails in South Walton
When you’re on the go in South Walton, it’s important to stay hydrated — which is why there is no shortage of coffee, juice and cocktail spots among our 16 unique beach neighborhoods. Looking to sip on something extra special? We’ve listed some of the must-stop-spots for beverages in South Walton.
Coffee & Tea: Jumpstart your day with a caffeinated creation from Black Bear Bread Co. in Grayton Beach. Not only can you sip on expertly prepared coffee from Stumptown Coffee, you can indulge in fresh baked breads and pastries. Black Bear’s neighboring Bar Room, which is available for private events, also serves Black Bear’s current all-day breakfast café menu, but will also showcase sustainably harvested farm-raised oysters, wine-driven snacks & sharables, cheese, and charcuterie.
Another great spot for a quick coffee or tea stop: Amavida Coffee, which has locations in Seaside, Sandestin and Rosemary Beach. This Perfect in South Walton award-winning company’s gorgeous drinks taste as good as they look. Try a pu-erh tea, which is a special fermented tea “puck” that slowly dissolves when it’s placed in hot water, gradually coloring the water. Amavida also offers monthly roaster tours and coffee tastings at their Coffee Roaster and Barista Training Lab in Santa Rosa Beach. Not only can you grab a sneak peak behind the roasting process, you can book the space for your private events.
If Kona coffee has your heart, Bad Ass Coffee in Miramar Beach has just what you’re looking for. In addition to their Hawaiian coffee from Oahu, Kauai and Maui, you can find a quick bite to eat to accompany your beverage.
Do you love coffee so much that you want to take it everywhere you go? You’re in luck, Coastal Coffee Bar is a mobile barista station that can serve up gourmet coffee for your wedding, corporate event or private party. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Juice: Juice up at Blue Mountain’s For the Health of It organic grocery store, which is stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables. Create your own nutritious concoction or opt for one of their signature juices. Go green with The Capo juice, which is full of spinach, parsley, kale, beet, carrot, celery and cucumber.
Another hot spot for cold juice: Freshii, located in Inlet Beach’s 30Avenue. This health-conscious eatery focuses on providing fresh and nutritious meal choices that energize people on the go by serving up fresh salads, wraps, soups, smoothies and juices. Opt for the Red Power juice, which has a brilliant magenta color thanks to its base of vitamin-packed beets.
If you’re in the Seaside area, stop by Raw & Juicy for a healthy drink. One popular choice is the Spicy Rabbit juice, which has a bright orange color thanks to its nutritious foundation of organic carrots. Get the story behind each sip by reading our interview with Raw & Juicy founder, Jenifer Kuntz.
Organic is the name of the game at Clean Juice in the Market Shops at Sandestin. Here, you’ll find a menu chock-full of goodies and immune-boosting superfoods. Whether it’s for a quick breakfast, light lunch or just a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, Clean Juice has plenty of healthy options to choose from.
Cocktails: Toast to a beautiful vacation with one of South Walton’s Perfect in South Walton cocktails. Café Thirty-A’s martinis stand tall and elegant in their delicate glasses, with seasonal garnishes that add a pop of color.
Creating the perfect cocktail is an art, so when you’re in the mood for something not only tasty, but eye catching as well, look no further than NEAT Bottle Shop and Tasting Room in Alys Beach. Not only can you take home the perfect gift from the bottle shop, the Tasting Room serves up creative original drinks, plus classics with a twist. NEAT’s food menu includes shareable plates, snacks, and charcuterie and cheese boards. Events like Wine & Song pair up select wines and live tunes for a great evening out.
South Walton is known for breathtaking views, so why not sip on a great drink while soaking in the perfect sunset. Pescado in Rosemary Beach is the ideal rooftop lounge, serving up tasty cocktails and a diverse menu with panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, perfect for date night or girls night out.
In the mood for a great cocktail on the beach? The Whale’s Tail in Seascape is the perfect spot to enjoy Gulf views in a casual setting. Grab a table and enjoy a bite to eat, or just walk up to the bar and grab an ice-cold beverage, either way, the views are impeccable.
Another eye-catching cocktail comes from Stinky’s Fish Camp, a place known for its fresh seafood and gourmet Bloody Marys. In addition to the Bloody Mary recipe basics like vodka, tomato juice and olives, Stinky’s adds extras like pickled okra, green beans, lemon, Old Bay seasoning and shrimp to each drink.
No matter how you choose to stay hydrated in South Walton, the options are just as diverse – and tasty – as our 16 beach neighborhoods.