Jill Martini serving drinks in her mobile bar.

Image: Troy Plota

With her boutique mobile bar The Wandering Whale , Jill Martini (yes, that’s really her last name) is hoping to make waves for years to come. Martini moved to Sarasota 13 years ago to attend Ringling College of Art and Design, and her background proved helpful when she bought an old horse trailer off Craigslist and transformed it into a fun, rustic bar on wheels. While she had a learning curve (Martini had to study how to properly hitch and haul a trailer), she has begun making her mark at weddings, bridal showers, corporate gatherings and other events. The Wandering Whale allows Martini to bring a craft cocktail experience to her customers, while offering the perfect Instagram-friendly backdrop. 

We asked Martini for a cocktail suggestion and she came up with the patriotic "Sarasota Sparkler," perfect for a hot afternoon:

Jill Martini's "Sarasota Sparkler"

Recipe makes one cocktail 

1.5 oz. grenadine
1.5 oz. vodka
Sprite
Instructions: Fill a cup with ice and pour the grenadine in so it sits at the bottom of the glass. Then pour in the vodka and top off with Sprite. The drink is intended to be layered, so no stirring or shaking. Garnish with red and white spiral paper straw, blueberry stick with American flag and a cherry.

For more info, call Jill Martini at (941)-650-9950 or email her at hello@thewanderingwhale.com for details.

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