By: Kara Franker
Sip on Miami’s hot mixology scene at local bars and cocktail lounges.
The best mixologists have a reverence for fresh ingredients, original recipes and finding new ways to highlight bold flavors. And in Miami, there are a number of hip and trendy bars where the cocktail is a work of art.
The Broken Shaker
At the helm of the mixology movement are Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta, the duo behind Bar Lab. They are the geniuses who designed the concept The Broken Shaker, the bar at the Freehand hostel located inside the former Indian Creek Hotel on Miami Beach. The team won the “2015 Best Hotel Bar” at the annual Spirited Awards, which has been dubbed the “Oscars” of the cocktail world. Find it at 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33140.
Cocktail to try: Although the cocktails change regularly, try the Dutch Kills with Bombay Dry Gin shaken with star anies, fennel seed reduction, citrus and fresh pineapple.
Housed in the Art Deco style Shorecrest building on Miami Beach, Byblos has a dynamic combo of flavorful Eastern Mediterranean fare and creative cocktails. Find it at 1545 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
Cocktail to try: Gulab (meaning rose in both Hindi and Arabic) with rose-infused Absolute Elyx vodka, pomegranate, lemon and rose water.
Located in Brickell, Blackbird Ordinary hosts live bands and weekly parties, but it’s their cocktails with a twist that really keep the regulars coming back for more. Find it at 729 SW First Avenue, Miami, FL 33130.
Cocktail to try: Blackbird with Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka, blackberries and lemonade.
Fontainebleau’s Bleau Bar is the perfect place to sip on a handcrafted cocktail and people watch. The iconic hotel has long been regarded for its stellar cocktail program and they’re constantly adding new libations to the list. Find it at 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140.
Cocktail to try: Fire in the Whole with poblano pepper infused Cabeza tequila, passion fruit, vanilla syrup, lime Chichicapa mezcal and jalapeño.
Nestled in one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods, Park West in Downtown, The Corner has a speakeasy vibe and features a selection of cocktails labeled “classiques” and “nouveaux.” Find it at 1035 N. Miami Avenue, Miami FL 33136.
Cocktail to try: Cham-Wow with Kettle One Vodka, Brut Champagne, fresh raspberries and citrus.
15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar
Take a seat at 15th & Vine’s elegant indoor bar or grab a table on the al fresco rooftop terrace. Either way you won’t be disappointed with the impressive cocktail selection, the food or the views at the W Miami's swanky restaurant in Brickell. Find it at 485 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131.
Cocktail to try: La Espumita Cocktail with Stoli Vanil, Kahlua, Cuban coffee and a sugar laced rim.
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