Opelika is a town ‘Rich in Heritage with a Vision for the Future’ where a father-son distillery is making the first legal whiskey in Alabama since the end of Prohibition. More than just whiskey, John Emerald Distilling Co. is bottling their family heritage for the next generation.

Housed in an old cotton warehouse, John and Jimmy Sharp founded John Emerald Distilling Co. in 2014. John and Jimmy had worked together before, owning a lucrative plastering business, travelling the world to help open stores for Louis Vuitton. Not wanting to miss a moment after the birth of Jimmy’s daughter, the two stopped travelling and started their distillery, naming it after John’s father.

Every bottle of John Emerald Distilling Co.’s award-winning whiskey, rum, gin and vodka highlights the Sharp family lineage. Each bottle is named for an ancestor, and the flavors invoke their personalities. Founded by family, for family, to celebrate family, John Emerald Distilling Co. welcomes you into theirs, one bottle at a time.

Lemon Drop on the Rocks


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 oz. of Elizabeth Vodka
  • Orange Bitters
  • Splash of soda water
  • Tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Top with Sprite
Directions:
Serve in a Demerara sugar rimmed glass

Miss Elizabeth Mimosa


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 oz. Elizabeth Vodka over an iced glass
  • Garnish with Blackberries
  • Orange juice topped with Sparkling Cider to taste
Directions:
Enjoy!

Strawberry Blonde


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 oz. of Elizabeth Vodka over an ice filled Collins glass
  • A dash of orange bitters and top with soda water
  • Add your favorite Lemonade
  • Fresh strawberries
Directions:
Enjoy!

The Dalmatian


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 oz. Elizabeth Vodka
  • Grapefruit and Lime Juice shaken with homemade Cracked Pepper Simple Syrup
Directions:
Enjoy!

The Dude


Ingredients:
  • Coffee
  • Elizabeth Vodka
  • Milk finished with Cinnamon and a Cherry
  • Simple Syrup
Directions:
Enjoy!

The Mobilian


Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz. Elizabeth Vodka
  • 1 oz. Lavender Simple Syrup
  • Lemonade
  • Blackberries
Directions:
Mix vodka and lavender simple syrup into glass. Muddle blackberries and add to glass. Top with ice and lemonade.

The Montevallo Martini


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 oz. Elizabeth Vodka
  • Garnish with Bruised Basil leaf
  • House made Water Mellon puree
  • Orange Bitters
Directions:
Enjoy!

Dark and Stormy


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 oz. of Gene's Spiced Rum poured over a rocks glass with ice
Directions:
Top off with spicy ginger ale like Buffalo Rock.

The Slapper


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 oz. Gene's Spiced Rum
  • Bitters
  • Cinnamon Clove
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Simple Syrup
Directions:
Enjoy!

Spiced Nog


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 oz. of Gene's Spiced Rum
  • Egg Nog
Directions:
In a rocks glass combine Gene's Spiced Rum with your favorite Egg Nog for a winter experience second to none. Perfect replacement for Santa's cookies on Christmas eve.

The Porch Swing


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 oz. of Gene's Spiced Rum
  • Basil leaf
  • Fill rocks glass with ice
Directions:
Add Gene's Spiced Rum then top with your favorite Lemonade. Bruise a fresh Basil leaf and add to the drink. Garnish with more Basil.

Grand Bay Gin and Tonic


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 oz. of Hugh Wesley's Gin over ice
  • Bittermilk Charred Grapefruit Tonic
  • Soda water
Directions:
Add equal parts Bittermilk Charred Grapefruit Tonic and soda water. Enjoy!

Big Swamp Fizz


Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz of Hugh Wesley's gin
  • 1/2 oz of fresh lime juice
  • 2 slices of cucumber
  • 2 sprigs of cilantro
  • 5 mint leaves
  • Ginger Ale
Directions:
Muddle Hugh Wesley's gin with 1/2 oz of fresh lime juice, 2 slices of cucumber, 5 mint leaves, and 2 sprigs of cilantro. Pour over ice and top with ginger ale.

The Graduate Martini


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 oz.Hugh Wesley's Gin
  • Orange Bitters
  • Orange Liqueur
  • Sweet Vermouth
Directions:
Garnish with shaved orange peel and orange twist.

The JED Martini


Ingredients:
Directions:
Enjoy!

The Laid Back


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 oz. Hugh Wesley's Gin
  • Angostura bitters
  • Ginger puree
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Lime Juice
Directions:
Our take on the Gin and Juice. In a collins glass with ice add Hugh Wesley's Gin. Top with grapefruit juice combined with ginger puree, lime juice, and Angostura bitters. Finish with a splash of Ginger Ale. Garnish with lime and mint.

The Neat


Ingredients:
  • John's Alabama Single Malt
Directions:
Either over ice or just neat JED whiskey is amazing. Add one cube of ice to bring out more flavor.

The Spangled Watermelon


Ingredients:
  • Elizabeth Vodka
  • Lime Juice
  • Orange Simple Syrup
  • Pickled Watermelon Rind
  • Watermelon puree
Directions:
Combine ingredients and enjoy!