Birthday Cocktail – The Joint in Cudjoe Key

So yesterday was my birthday! I was almost a 4th of July baby, but not quite. My sainted mother had to deal with an overdue child in the middle of a Death Valley summer. Luckily we were able to celebrate this birthday here in the blue green waters of the lower keys. While we ate and drank a lot of delicious things this past weekend, I really want to tell you about this cocktail I had at The Joint (located around mile marker 25). It is only a couple years old and owes its success to its downstairs counter-part, The Square Grouper, a local favorite (and my family’s favorite) for years. The Joint is a casual bar and small plates place with quaint fishing decor and some rather inventive cocktails. My mother had a cucumber, black pepper, vodka cocktail that was stange, but delicious to ladies like us who don’t care for sweet drinks. Mine was called the Indica and consisted of torched-rosemary infused vodka, grapefruit juice, and St. Germain with a sprig of fresh rosemary for garnish. You definitely need to love rosemary to drink this drink, but luckily I do because it was delicious. We ordered some small plates as well, but the show-stopper was the cheese fondue. If you’re looking for a laid back, but slightly trendy atmosphere, see that you pop into The Joint for a drink and a game of shuffleboard.

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