The Shark Lady Philanthropic Cocktail to benefit Mote Marine Laboratory

Lady in Blue

by Brittany Mattie, SRQ Daily

All of Gecko’s Hospitality Group family of restaurants will be offering a newly crafted and exclusive cocktail developed by Mike Ferrara, Gecko’s Director of Operations. Dubbed The Shark Lady—this aqua blue libation was created and named in honor of Mote Marine & Laboratory founder and fascinating pioneer of Marine Biology, Dr. Eugenie Clark.

“We decided that we wanted to offer our guests a delicious way to become aware and appreciative of the valuable work our independent world-class laboratory is doing all the time, not just when Red Tide is prevalent,” says Anne K. Rollings, head of Business Development.

With Mote scientists on the front lines of keeping our waters healthy and full of vibrant marine life even when no one is talking about it as heavily as we have, recently with Red Tide crisis, Gecko’s plans to keep this specially-made beverage on the menu for the long haul. Ocean lovers and cocktail imbibers alike can feel good about sipping this elegantly strong and top-shelf cocktail, knowing $1 donation will go to Mote every time guests order The Shark Lady.

Recipe: Don Q Coconut Rum, Blue Curacao, fresh pineapple juice, house sour, mixed up nice and frothy, garnished with a gummy shark and served in a highball glass

Photo provided by Gecko’s Hospitality Group.

Now available at all Gecko’s Grill & Pub locations, as well as Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, for $7.