Meet Jeri Bianchi of 723 Whiskey Bravo
Jeri Bianchi knows the restaurant industry inside and out.
Born and raised in Fort Walton Beach, Bianchi worked in restaurants for 20 years before taking a break to raise her son. But she said as soon as he was grown, she returned to the area and the job she loved.
“I came back to it because I absolutely love it,” she said. “I always knew I was going to come back. Being here behind the bar, you meet new people every single day, and working here at 723 Whiskey Bravo, it’s like a family.”
Bianchi said everyone at 723 Whiskey Bravo is fun to work with, and the moral values of the restaurant owners make it an easy job to stand behind.
“Everyone tries to include everyone in everything,” she said. “This is the best restaurant I’ve worked in. The charitable things that the owners are always doing — it makes you feel good to work here.”
Currently, 723 Whiskey Bravo is fundraising for the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Every table has a stuffed white puppy in the center representing the charity’s therapy dog, Riley, and customers can take the pup home for a $20 donation.
“We have donated more than $30,000 in less than two years,” Bianchi said of the fundraiser. “That’s what I mean when I say it’s really a great place to work.”
As for the drinks, Bianchi said she enjoys the fancy cocktails.
“I like to arrange flowers,” she said. “So the colorful, pretty drinks with all the garnishes — I like making those.”
For her signature sip, Bianchi chose a Valentine’s Day-inspired cocktail, the Strawberry Kiss Martini. The martini is the perfect crimson color because of cranberry juice and strawberry puree. As for the spirits, this cocktail includes Absolut Citron, triple sec and a champagne floater.
“It’s new for Valentine’s Day and will be available through February,” Bianchi said. “Our bar manager, Heather Bothe, is great at coming up with different drinks for different holidays and creating refreshing drinks that people enjoy.”
723 Whiskey Bravo is at 3021 East County Hwy. 30A in Seagrove Beach. Winter hours are Wednesday-Sunday 4-9 p.m. with happy hour 4-6 p.m. For more information or to make Valentine’s Day reservations, visit www.723whiskeybravo.com or call 850-213-0015.
Strawberry Kiss Martini
• 1 1/2 ounces Absolut Citron
• 3/4 ounce triple sec
• 2 ounces cranberry juice
• 1 ounce sweetened strawberry puree
• Float of champagne
• 1 strawberry for garnish
In a mixing tin, combine Absolut Citron, triple sec, cranberry juice and strawberry puree with a scoop of ice.
Strain into a chilled martini glass and add champagne.
Garnish with a strawberry and enjoy!