After more than a year in development, Wicked Dolphin Rum has started distilling RumShine, which complements the company's award-winning silver and spiced rums, as well as its barbecue sauce and hot sauces.
"I wanted to have a total Florida feel and taste," said JoAnn Elardo, owner of the rum distillery. "As a product it should feel like authentic Florida."
RumShine will come in roughly 26-ounce and 33-ounce Mason-like jars — depending on the flavor — the latter of which will include the fruit the spirit is infused with. The first flavors to launch will be blueberry, strawberry and apple pie, but more flavors are on the horizon, Elardo said.
She began developing the product after being inspired on one of many trips to the east coast of Florida, and the sugar cane fields she drove past. It got her thinking of the early sugar cane plantation owners who would bring in immigrants to work the fields, the glades men, she said.
"These were the men that cleared the sugar cane fields in the late 1800s and early 1900s," she said. "These guys were taming the wilderness and planting the canes."
Wicked Dolphin Rum, at 131 S.W.
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