Farm to Cocktail: Seasonal Cocktails from Berry Good Farms at North Florida School of Special Education

The art of creating a modern, balanced cocktail requires an understanding of the fundamentals of traditional cocktails and an ability to innovate with new and exciting ingredients. In the same way, North Florida School of Special Education is a dynamic mix of academics blended with the whimsy and flavor of its Berry Good Farms to create a space that is both original and outstanding.

Fresh Produce.
Delicious cocktails.

The recipes in this book are re-creations of cocktails that have been served at fundraising events aimed at raising awareness for individuals with intellectual and developmental differences and in support of the school’s exceptional academics and vocational training programs.

All of the recipes include produce grown at Berry Good Farms, the school’s one-acre urban farm focused on organic growing techniques and student enrichment. From lemongrass to moringa, fruits and herbs are used in nontraditional methods to compliment and enhance classic cocktails.

Farm to Cocktail book
Photo by Kristen Penoyer
  • 22 Cocktails
  • 4 Alcohol Free Mocktails
  • 18 Having a Party

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By purchasing Farm to Cocktail, you are directly supporting vocational training programs at the school and on the farm. Enjoy delicious cocktails at home or share the story of a school making a difference with your friends.

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Sample Recipe Pear & Ginger Sparkler

Pear and Ginger Sparkler
Photo by Kristen Penoyer

The first weeks of fall is an exciting time on the farm. Students are back from summer break and there is a lot of planning that goes into seeding and planting for the fall harvests. A refreshing sparkler would be a great way to relax after getting garden beds at home ready for fall greens like kale, broccoli and collards.


  • 4 oz. vodka
  • ginger beer, to top
  • 1oz. fresh lemon juice *
  • 1 pear, chopped & cored, plus slices for garnish
  • mint for garnish *
  • 1 oz. ginger syrup (¼ cup sliced, peeled ginger & 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water)
  • * Grown at Berry Good Farms


  1. Make the ginger syrup–add ¼ cup sliced ginger, 1 cup each water and sugar in a saucepan & bring to a boil over med-high heat. Remove from heat & cool to room temp. Strain out ginger. Keep cool.
  2. In a cocktail shaker put chopped pear & muddle. Add vodka, lemon juice and ginger syrup then muddle thoroughly.
  3. Fill glasses with ice + pour mixture over. Top with a splash of ginger beer and garnish with slices of pear and mint sprigs.

Having a Party? Serves 25

You’ll need 50 oz. of vodka, 12 oz. fresh lemon juice, 12 pears, more ginger beer and 12 oz. ginger syrup, plus extra mint and pear slices for garnishing.


North Florida School of Special Education & Berry Good Farms

North Florida School of Special Education was founded in 1992 with the mission of providing the highest quality education to students with intellectual and developmental differences while also helping the students reach their highest potential within an engaged community. This mission inspired the exceptional vocational training programs the school provides to students in the Transition and Postgraduate levels.

Berry Good Farms is one example of a microenterprise the school designed that allows students to learn independence, job site skills, and customer service training while gaining confidence and becoming meaningful members of a working society.

The school also has a Pet Bakery, Art With Soul art enterprise, a barista training program at the Berry Good Farms Café, and a Culinary Arts program that instructs students advanced culinary techniques in a state-of-the-art professional kitchen.

North Florida School of Special Education’s innovative social enterprises not only offer unique products that are available for purchase, but they also offer vocational training and paid employment for transition and postgraduate students. Supporting the enterprises enables the students to continue to pursue their dreams!

  • North Florida School of Special Education Logo
  • Berry Good Logo
  • 50 lbs. of blueberries picked per year
  • 100 individuals in vocational training programs
  • 20 varietals of herbs

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