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'Fish Kill' cocktail to help raise funds for clean water organization

'Fish Kill' cocktail to help raise funds
'Fish Kill' cocktail to help raise funds
Posted at 2:46 PM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 14:46:07-04

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. -- A Southwest Florida restaurant has come up with a unique way to raise funds for an organization dedicated to restoring clean water to the area.

Parrot Key Caribbean Grill has developed a 'Fish Kill' cocktail that features candy fish floating in a toxic-looking mixed drink.

During the month of August, 100% of all sales of this special cocktail will be donated to Captains For Clean Water, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the elimination of harmful, large-scale Lake Okeechobee discharges into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie River Estuaries.

The cocktail combines tequila, Blue Curaçao and sour mix. It is then blended with ice and topped with Melon Liquor giving the drink a distinct blue/green color.

“As a business that depends on the waters of Southwest Florida, keeping the quality of our water as clean as possible is a high priority for us, and as a parent I want to make sure the waters are something my kids and their kids will always have to enjoy,” says Matt Hanson, Owner of Parrot Key Caribbean Grill and Salty Sam’s Marina.

The large-scale releases of water from Lake Okeechobee, combined with a bloom of red tide along coastal waters, has wreaked havoc on local fish and wildlife populations this summer.