Much like every other season, summertime is cocktail time in the Magic City. And much like local chefs, mixologists are incorporating the fruits and flavors of the season to make their sips even more of the moment. Here are a few favorite spots offering creative Summer Cocktails to sip and savor.
Kicking off the Summer Cocktail season is Izzy’s Fish & Oyster on Miami Beach with a special new cocktail menu and introduced at their Drinks Ahoy Summer Party and Fish Fry on Thursday June 30th.. Hosted by Izzy’s chef/owner, Jamie DeRosa and Chef Allen Susser, the event benefitted Share Our Strength’s initiative No Kid Hungry. Introducing six new cocktails, they include the Coracle, a mix of Rye, Watermelon Juice, Ginger syrup and Lemon Mint Syrup and The Sharpie, with Avion Silver, Camomile Honey, Cucumber Puree and Green Chartreuse. For reservations or more information, please call 305.397.8843 or visit www.izzysmiami.com. Izzy's Fish & Oyster 423 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL (305) 397-8843
Ever since their opening less than a year ago, the folks at The Continental have been showing Miami Beach drinkers a pretty good time with their tiki drinks, and this summer they're making things even more fun with the debut of their shareable Rum Punch bowls. Bacardi rum is mixed with Aperol spritzer, pineapple juice and Velvet Falernum liqueur into a large bowl that’s perfect for sharing with a group of 3 or 4 friends. Add the funky outdoor retro bar and beautiful waterfront backdrop, and you’ve got yourself the ideal spot for your next post-beach evening drink with friends (‘cause of course, you’ll have to be there for the sunset to watch the calm blue waters twinkle under the bright orange and pink skies). The Continental 2360 Collins Ave, Miami, FL (305) 604-2000
Fontainebleau Miami Beach once again sets the bar higher with its stellar lineup of specialty new libations at Bleau Bar, Scarpetta, Hakkasan and StripSteak by Michael Mina.
At Bleau Bar, the hotel’s iconic lobby bar, indulge in the Boardwalk Flyer made with Russian Standard, Liquor 43, peach liqueur, Amaretto Disaronno and mango and peach puree and the Broken Sling made with Russian Standard, Grand Marnier, Luxardo Maraschino, Bénédictine, pineapple and lime juice, grenadine, Angostura bitters, topped with a pineapple leaf and orange slice. Stay refreshed with Day Drinking, made with Pavan, Whispering Angel rosé, lychee puree and garnished with mint, orange and raspberries.
Hakkasan’s delightful new cocktails embody the essence of the restaurant’s ambiance and contemporary Chinese cuisine. Cocktails include, Amburana Sour made with Avuá Amburana Cachaca, Plymouth sloe gin, agave, lime juice and egg whites, finished with a zest of lime; Mezcal 2.0 concocted with Del Maguey “Chichicapa” mezcal with mandarin puree, honey syrup, yuzu juice and dragon fruit Baiju froth, garnished with a long orange peel; and Talladega Days made with Corzo Silver Tequila, Cointreau, orange and pineapple juice and guava puree.
StripSteak by Michael Mina is showcasing classic cocktails with a twist on gin and rum drinks like the Apostoles Daiquiri made with Apostoles gin, grapefruit and lime juice, honey, and pineapple crème, garnished with a mint and an Amarena cherry or the La Mora with Oxley gin, lemongrass syrup, lemon juice and blackberry thyme shrub served over crushed ice and garnished with a lemon wheel and blackberry. The Perfect Hemingway Daiquiri is made with Diplomático Blanco rum, Diplomático Reserva Exclusive rum, lime and grapefruit juice, simple syrup, Luxardo Maraschino and complimented with a lime wheel and maraschino cherry.
Scarpetta’s new cocktails complement the rich, authentic Italian flavors of the restaurant’s fare with a refreshing touch of coastal influence. Libations include Vita di Luxuary with Spring 44 gin, lime juice, Hibiscus syrup, Sauternes wine and Domaine de Canton finished with Sauternes and citrus foam and garnished with a beautiful hibiscus blossom; Via Sacre with Botanist gin, Marsala Semisecco reserva, orange and yuzu juice, Pamplemousse rosé and Peychaud’s bitters, served over one large ice cube and garnished with a lime; and Caput Mundi made with Ciroc Coconut vodka, yuzu juice, Licor 43, Moscato and garnished with raspberries and a basil leaf. Fontainebleau Miami Beach 4441 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL. 305-538-2000.
SUGARCANE raw bar grill, in Midtown is the place to cool off, kick back and soak up summer with creative new cocktail offerings and music on the weekends, spun live onsite by several of Miami’s most in-demand DJs. Guests can enjoy any of eight (8) refreshing new summer cocktails for $13 each including the restaurant’s first-ever craft slushy cocktail: the Guayaba Dream, a concoction of Ketel One Orange Vodka, Boiron guava purée and a Disaronno floater. Guayaba Dream also includes ginger-flavored, organic slush mix from Kelvin Slush, an outfit that originated as a food truck on the streets of NYC; Kelvin Slush is gluten-free, vegan, all-natural, GMO-free and kosher. Other new daily offered cocktails include below, Ain’t No Sunshine with fused apricot and honey Martin Miller’s gin, fresh orange and ice mint liqueur, Sol de Oaxaca with wild mushroom Mezcal and walnut bitters and Mama Sriracha with Chinaco white tequila, Sriracha, soy sauce, agave, lime juice and Concrete Beach Tropic Passion Ale. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill 3252 NE 1st Avenue Miami, FL 786.369.0353
It’s hard to play favorites when it comes to cocktails season-wise, but these are some of the most refreshing and fun options we’ve come across so far.
What about you? What’s your favorite summer cocktail in Miami?