Cocktails are constantly used to cheers and celebrate life’s happenings, but on March 24, we celebrate and raise our glasses to the cocktail in honor of National Cocktail Day. In celebration of the boozy day, check out a neighborhood guide to the best cocktails in the Magic City.
Designed by renowned New York interior designer Robert McKinley, El Tucán is more than just a dinner and a show experience. It is a modern-day cabaret that pays homage to Cuba in the 1940s, transporting revelers to the bygone era of glitz and glamour. Located in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami, the venue features a range of musical styles from Afro-Latin to Parisian pop, bringing international bands, as well as renowned and emerging DJs from around the world, center stage in stunning costume designs by the famed stylist Danny Santiago. In addition to an eclectic musical lineup, El Tucán houses a resident 11-piece Latin orchestra, carefully curated by Grammy award-winning pianist, composer and producer Marlow Rosado, that is reminiscent of the big bands from the jazz eras of the 40s and 50s. Food and drink are a mainstay at El Tucán, featuring luxe libations by Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi of Bar Lab and Caribbean and South American fare that includes hints of Amazonian ingredients created by Chef Jean Paul Lourdes.
Grey Goose Vodka blended carefully with St. Germain
A dab of Dill
Marion, a breezy Mediterranean restaurant and market, serves up fare and products of the highest quality, handpicked by Executive Chef Jean Paul Lourdes and cocktails specially created by Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi of Bar Lab. The perfect place to sit down, have a cocktail such as the Sea of Love and dine on exquisite gourmet food items. Complemented with superb service, Marion blends a Mediterranean restaurant atmosphere with a traditional European market ambiance, bringing the best experience to our customers, whether they are there to shop or simply enjoy a meal.
Sea of Love
PINEAPPLE INFUSED APEROL YUZU JUICE
Wynwood’s coolest taqueria is known for it’s long lines, fresh Mexican fare, and a secret bar tucked away at the back of the restaurant. This dimly lit lounge boasts a variety of handcrafted cocktails, including the popular Classic COYO Margarita, featuring Mandarine Napoleon, a 10-year aged cognac with exquisite Mandarine aromas. It looks as good as it tastes – #DrinkPorn at its best!
Classic COYO Margarita
.75 oz lime
.75 oz agave
.25 oz mandarine napoleon
1.5 oz maestro dobel diamante tequila
Rimmed with chili salt
Wynwood Diner is a fresh and dynamic venue located in Miami’s most creative neighborhood. Vanessa Husley, formerly of Broken Shaker and 27 Restaurant,helms the expansive bar at Wynwood Diner. With years of experience at some of the coolest dives and hangouts in Miami, New York, and Chicago, Husley has created a one-of-a-kind, custom cocktail menu, with concoctions that exude the value of individuality, including The GQ, an inventive and refreshing craft cocktails made with Rutte Celery Dry Gin.
RUTTE CELERY DRY GIN
A child of the 80’s, The Anderson Bar officially opened on Monday, March 7th 2016 in Miami’s former Magnum Lounge. Brought to life by the duo of cocktail-making, Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi of Bar-Lab, The Anderson Bar energizes Miami’s burgeoning MiMo District with local flare. The innovative bar program showcases a unique take on cocktails, with the menu divided into two sections. ‘New Wave Cocktails’ exude the characteristics Bar-Lab has built their reputation on, while ‘Original Cocktails’ like the Mr. Anderson, pay tribute to the forgotten classics from the ‘80s and ‘90s.
The Anderson’s Woodfire blend of Wild Turkey and Mezcal punched by Cynar Bitter and softened with Cardamom infused Punt E Mes Vermouth.
Inspired by the pineapple – being the true symbol of hospitality – and meant to create a gracious welcome for guests and visitors at The Miami Beach EDITION, The Pineapple is one of the many multi-sensory experiences the hotel offers; it’s about creating a moment out of this concoction. It’s not merely just a drink. It embodies what it is to be in the tropics, on vacation. It’s fun, playful, interactive, and very Miami!
Absolut Elyx Vodka
Salted Carmel Syrup
Combine ingredients and serve over shaved ice in pineapple with a torched sprig of rosemary. Serve with a slice of dehydrated pineapple and cover.
Asian-American restaurant and bar, TALDE Miami Beach. The ambience at TALDE Miami Beach pulls directly from the personalities of its three owners where the grit of an Asian street market meets the allure of a back-alley speakeasy meets the anti-establishment art of Mafioso rap culture. Miranda’s Right is named after owner John Bush’s wife. A concoction of her favorite ingredients and inspired by a Manhattan, her favorite drink, it is a classically proportioned Rye cocktail.
2.5 oz Rittenhouse Rye
1.5 oz Montenegro
.5 oz Grand Mariner
3 dashes of Fee Brothers Chocolate bitters.
Garnish with a flamed orange twist.
This drink is spirit based and should be built in an ice filled shaker and then stirred. Then strain into a chilled coupe glass.
STK Miami Beach is a unique concept that artfully blends the modern steakhouse and chic lounge into one, offering a dynamic, fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. Miami’s favorite steak house distinguishes itself by focusing on the social experience with a sleek, contemporary design and an in-house DJ who creates an infectious, high-energy vibe. The Pucker Up cocktail is certainly in line with STK’s modern fine dining experience, world-class service and the perfect atmosphere.
WOODFORD RESERVE BOURBON
Holiday’s at The Hall South Beach
Holiday’s is an Afro-Latin themed bar hidden within the hotel lobby of The Hall South Beach, a 1940s Art Deco classic freshly transformed into a wildly bohemian South Beach boutique hotel, where a break-the-rules vibe is very much alive. This Afro-Latin inspired bar features live music pop ups and an inviting atmosphere with retro fabric print. The Holiday Gimlet is one of the favorites at the bar, using fresh celery juice.
½ oz Lemon juice
¾ oz Celery juice
¼ oz Dry Vermouth
½ oz St Germain
1 ½ oz Fords gin
Rinse glass with Yellow Chartreuse
Shake, double strain, coupe