Last week I talked about the reason behind the name "Wilcox Cider". This week, let's talk about Peaches.
If one believes in that sort of thing, it is easy to believe that most of Downtown DeLand is haunted. Unfortunately not all the residents of DeLand escaped unscathed from the fire that claimed downtown in 1886 and gave us the name of our cider. Many of the buildings in our downtown district are rumored to be haunted. We even have ghost tours once or twice a year.
Our building is no different. Over the years our ghost has been blamed for throwing glasses, flickering the lights, loosening the screws in the bar stools, changing the radio station, stalking the morning prep staff, and various other things. There has been debate about the gender of our ghost but many years ago he or she was given a name that has stuck. A previous head bartender lovingly gave our ghost the name Peaches.
Peaches has been part of the Abbey family from the very beginning and if we have learned nothing else, we have learned that Peaches does not like change. New furniture, new paint color, change of ownership, any of these things and we can expect Peaches to get a little more active. So it came as no surprise that Peaches made herself known when we began our meadery build out. Burst pipe in the wall, flickering lights, sudden electrical problems, CO2 system leaks all within days of making our announcement.
It was time to make a peace offering!
So, we decided to create a one-off mead in honor of our paranormal friend. Originally called A Peach for Peaches, Peaches the Friendly Ghost has become one of our most popular meads and is now part of our year round line up. Peaches the Friendly Ghost is made with Florida Wildflower honey, lemon juice, peach nectar, and white tea to produce a dry, light and fruity mead made with the Florida climate in mind.
Peaches seems to like having her story told. With the exception of changing the radio station to something Blair hates when he is here and playing hide and seek with Sarah in the hallway, Peaches appears to enjoy her new found fame! So next time you are at the bar, raise a toast to the oldest member of the Abbey family.