Make a Mother’s Day Cocktail … With Sustainable Vodka from Florida

Try a custom-made cocktail called "Mom's Juice" made with sustainable vodka.
Treat Mom this holiday with a special cocktail.
“Mom’s Juice” includes sustainably created vodka made in Florida. Distillery 98 photo

Flowers are fine, and candles are clever. But come on: Don’t you think Mom deserves something she really wants for Mother’s Day this year? Try a custom-made cocktail called “Mom’s Juice” made with sustainable vodka.

Half Shell Vodka has a tasty recipe that Mom will ask for year after year. But only you will have the recipe.

If you’re not familiar with Half Shell Vodka, it’s a new sustainably minded spirit produced by Distillery 98 in Santa Rosa Beach in Florida’s Panhandle. The homegrown operation created spirits in small batches from locally sourced, family-farmed ingredients.

For its vodka, Distillery 98 uses water from local aquifers and Florida-grown corn that is later recycled into livestock feed. Their spirits are even packaged in a 94 percent recyclable paperboard bottle. The liquor’s catchy name – Half Shell Vodka – is inspired by the distillation process, which includes a unique activated coconut carbon and oyster shell filtration system.

Half Shell Vodka is a planet-friendly liquor made in Florida.
Even the bottle is special at Half Shell Vodka. Distillery 98 photo

The secret ingredient to Mom’s juice is a kiwi liqueur. The drink itself was crafted by one of the distillery’s head mixologists. (Hey, how we can get that job?)



  • 1.5 oz Half Shell Vodka
  • 0.5 oz kiwi liqueur
  • 0.75 oz blackberry bay leaf simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz lemon

Blackberry bay leaf simple syrup:

  • Bring ingredients along with sugar and water to a boil. Immediately turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Mash the blackberries while simmering.
  • Strain the seeds with a fine mesh strainer.
  • Transfer syrup into a container and let cool before refrigerating.


  • Fill a double old-fashioned glass with ice.
  • In a shaker tin, add Half Shell vodka, kiwi liqueur, blackberry bay leaf simple syrup, and lemon juice.
  • Add ice and shake. Strain over the glass and garnish with dried kiwi and fresh blackberry.

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