Captiva Spirits, Inc., launched the world’s first all-natural Key Lime Honey Vodka, distilled locally at List Distillery, in February. The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate the occasion with a ribbon cutting at Matzaluna restaurant on Sanibel Island on Aug. 18.
Matzaluna is among nearly 30 Southwest Florida restaurants, bars, and liquor outlets from Naples to Sarasota that carry the one-of-a-kind vodka created by partners Rob Johnson and Michael Puzia. Online ordering and shipping of the product is available in 31 states. Tyrone Humbles is the company’s director of sales. To learn more, visit captivaspirits.com.
“We wanted to create ‘Florida’s Favorite Formula’ of vodka to capture the casual ambience of being on one of the Sanibel and Captiva islands’ beaches,” said Puzia. “As a Florida-based company, we at Captiva Spirits believe living in Florida comes with a very important responsibility. That responsibility is to help protect and preserve Florida’s natural habitats and wildlife populations. That is why we donate a portion of sales to nonprofit organizations dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of Florida.”
Captiva Spirits makes its Key Lime Honey Vodka with 100 percent gluten-free, organic corn mash and locally sourced key limes and raw honey.
“The Sanibel-Captiva chamber encourages creativity and sustainability in the island marketplace, and Captiva Spirits is a prime example of that business model,” said John Lai, chamber president and chief executive officer. “We toast Mike and Rob, and welcome them to the fold.”
“We were driven to become chamber members to have access to the vast array of resources available in terms of advertising and business networking, as well as to be a part of supporting the Sanibel and Captiva community in general,” said Puzia.
ABOUT SANIBEL & CAPTIVA ISLANDS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting the prosperity of its members and preserving the quality of life of our community. With more than 460 active Chamber members from both islands and businesses from Lee and Collier counties, the Chamber plays a key role in facilitating communication and cooperation between business, residents, and government to enhance the economic health of the islands. The Francis P. Bailey, Jr., Chamber Visitor Center is located at the entrance to Sanibel Island and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year. VISIT FLORIDA named the visitor center one of 13 official Florida Certified Tourism Information Centers in the state. It is open 365 days a year and provides comprehensive information about things to do, places to visit, and where to stay, shop, and dine. The chamber website sanibel-captiva.org receives more than 1.3 million website visits per year.
For more information about the chamber, visit sanibel-captiva.org or contact Landen Drake, communications and marketing manager, at 239-472-8255 or [email protected].