While The Jones is best known for its inventive locally-sourced food and hip atmosphere, the beloved Gainesville restaurant is making big moves into the local cocktail scene.
Sonny Wallace, who has mixed up magic behind the bar at both 2nd Street Speakeasy (R.I.P.) and Whiskey House, has joined The Jones’ team.
Classically trained in fine art photography at Savannah College of Art and Design, Sonny utilizes his creative eye to invent some seriously artful drinks. He’s competed in national cocktail competitions and recently won 2nd place in the nation for Zaya rum at the USBG Repeal Day Conference and the “People’s Choice” award at TPC at Sawgrass for Woodford Reserve Regional Competition.
Using unique techniques for clarifying juices, atomizers and house-made bitters, Sonny is keeping things fresh and tasty at The Jones’ with new rotating cocktails.
“The Jones’ bar is special,” said Sonny. “It’s an intimate atmosphere with a substantial collection of small, craft spirits.”
Here are our recommendations for three of cocktails from Sonny and The Jones’ team this month:
1. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Made with St. Augustine Rum, mango purée, gunpowder pearl mint tea syrup, lime juice and champagne float, this cocktail is a bright, bubbly masterpiece. The “woody” styled rum paired with bright notes of mango & lime mix nicely with the minty, peppery flavoring of gunpowder pearl mint tea. It’s topped with champagne because, well, who doesn’t love bubbles?
2. Mambo #7
This is a cocktail with seven ingredients, making it a busy drink that utilizes tequila, Mezcal, blood orange juice, Hey Mambo white wine blend, agave, falernum and fresh lime. It starts off with nice smokey tones, then delivers slightly sweet and bright notes and finishes with a clean palette.
3. Tempus Vernum
Latin for “springtime,” you can feel the flowers bloom and the birds chirp when take your first sip. Made from house-infused cucumber vodka, lavender simple syrup, lemon juice and ginger beer, this is a refreshing vodka cocktail that cleans off with cool cucumber. The subtle hints of lemon and lavender flow effortlessly across the palate and the light effervescent quality adds a nice zing to the drink.
If those descriptions were enough to make you thirsty, head to The Jones, settle in at the bar and taste some of Sonny’s luscious libations.