Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Whether shaken or stirred, Wynwood’s notable hot spot, Beaker & Gray is the area’s go-to spot for National Rum Day. Behind the bar, bar manager/owner Ben Potts will serve up a thirst-quenching selection of festive cocktails showcasing the exclusive, one-night-only VELVET SLIPPER for $7 – Plantation 3 Star, Velvet Falernum, banana, coconut cream, and pineapple. Keeping things classic, try the ZACAPA OLD FASHIONED ($14) – featuring Ron Zacapa 23 Rum, Demerara, and chocolate bitters; Stirred preferred, the BLACK ORCHID ($14) is a boozy combo-breaker and smoky, served with Diplomatico Reserva, Amaro, lucano, vanilla smoke-infused Kronan, and scorched orange; or Shake things up with the RUM RUNNER ($14) – also boozy – offers a smuggled fruity flavor, including Bacardi 8, Santa Teresa Claro, blackberry-sage shrub, orange, pineapple, and Maduro tincture. For the Happy Hour goers, the DAIQUIRI with Santa Teresa Clara, lime, and sugar is being offered for only $5 all summer-long! Beaker & Gray is located at 2637 North Miami Avenue in Wynwood. www.beakerandgray.com
The modern, nocturnal playground Living Room located at the W South Beach Hotel & Residences, is known for its innovative mixology program and artisanal libations. At Living Room, cocktails feature exotic herbs; house-made spices and essential oils; edible flowers, top-shelf spirits, and locally sourced organic produce. For National Rum Day, the Rum With Me ($16) is a refreshing Living Room favorite, with aged dark rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, coconut crème, pineapple, basil, and granulated brown sugar. The Buccaneer ($16) is a pirate’s treasure with aged dark rum, freshly squeezed lemon juice, guava, simple syrup, and ginger. These globally-inspired cocktails can be enjoyed on one of the Living Room’s plush couches or outside on the patio overlooking the pool. Living Room is located at 2201 Collins Avenue in the W South Beach Hotel & Residences. Valet and metered parking is available. www.wsouthbeach.com
The casually elegant new restaurant and bar Lightkeepers at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is located just off the island’s gorgeous waters. It features a contemporary, coastal-inspired dining room, a cool, casual indoor/outdoor bar and a beverage program featuring unique, hand-crafted cocktails. Named as an homage to the lighthouse keepers who watched over Key Biscayne’s historic Cape Florida Lighthouse in the 1800s, Lightkeepers has become a premier waterfront dining and imbibing destination. A featured cocktail, the John W.B. Thompson Smoked Old Fashioned made with Ron Cartavio Rum 12 years, Laphroaig Islay Scotch, Santa Teresa Rhum Orange Liqueur, and Orange Bitters is inspired by the history of the lighthouse. On July 23, 1836, a band of Seminoles attacked the Cape Florida Light, setting the lighthouse tower ablaze. Despite suffering multiple rifle ball wounds and major burns, the assistant keeper, John W.B. Thompson, endured the siege and protected the structure. Though he survived the night, the Cape Florida Light was extinguished from 1836 to 1846. Lightkeepers is located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami at 455 Grand Bay Drive in Key Biscayne, Florida. www.lightkeepersmiami.com
A must-try Miami mainstay, BLT Prime is known for its sizzling steaks and breathtaking views. The veranda sits on the world-renowned Blue Monster golf course which sets the tone for dinner after a round of golf, or an intimate date night as the sun sets the backdrop. BLT Prime’s selection of handcrafted cocktails offers a sophisticated lineup of libations, while oenophiles can choose from a global variety of red and white wines. In preparation for National Rum Day, the restaurant will feature its Moldada Cocktail – featuring Bacardi 8, 10 YO Port, crème de cacao, lime juice, and rhubarb jam; garnished with a sprig of mint. BLT Prime is located at Trump National Doral Miami®, 4400 NW 87th Avenue. www.bltprimemiami.com.
Celebrate National Rum Day in style at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach with a variety of experiences to please all rum enthusiasts. The Miami Beach landmark invites guests to enjoy its varied rum offerings throughout the property. For a laid back atmosphere and Tiki-inspired libations, head to Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina for the Lime in the Coconut ($14) – Bacardi Rum, Velvet Falernum, coconut cream, and lime; Zombie ($15) – Bacardi, Plantation Proof Rum, Gosling’s 151, cinnamon and lime; and Painkiller ($15) – Pusser’s Navy Rum, Yellow Chartreuse, pineapple, orange and coconut cream. Revelers can forgo the indoors and cool down with La Côte’s Bleau Passion ($18) – Bacardi Tangerine, St. Germain, cucumber water and passion fruit; La Côte Punch ($18) – Bacardi Oakheart rum, Mango and Strawberry Bacardi Rum Float; and the Cannonball Rum ($18) – Starr Rum, St. Germain, strawberries, lime, and mint. For a modern twist on the classic steakhouse experience, pair the Perfect Hemingway ($15) – Diplomatico Exclusiva and Blanco, luxardo maraschino and grapefruit – with a succulent steak at StripSteak by Michael Mina. For a quick cocktail and people watching, head to Bleau Bar in the hotel’s lobby where the tables are the ideal spot to meet, mix and mingle. Fontainebleau Miami Beach is located at 4441 Collins Avenue, on Miami Beach, FL 33140. www.Fontainebleau.com
Key Biscayne’s iconic dining destination, the Rusty Pelican boasts breathtaking views and vibrant energy which draws diners in, making it a perfect hotspot for dinner and drinks. Recently, the restaurant unveiled a new craft cocktail program created by Head Mixologist Oscar Amaya. Guests can celebrate National Rum Day with one of Amaya’s specialty cocktails like the Floridita ($15) — inspired by the historic, first restaurant and cocktail bar in the old city of Havana, which was famous for its rum-based cocktails and was an old haunt of Ernest Hemingway; Bacardi 8, fresh lime juice, sugar cane syrup, egg white, mint, and edible flowers are combined to create the perfect tribute to Cuba in its heyday. Rum lovers will also enjoy the refreshing Agua De Coco ($15) with Bacardi Coconut, coconut water, coconut-lime syrup, and fresh mint. The Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. www.therustypelican.com
Celebrate National Rum Day by sipping on refreshing libations at Lincoln Road’s chic steakhouse, Meat Market. Since its debut, Meat Market has garnered raves for its contemporary cuisine, creative cocktails, and bustling atmosphere, earning the restaurant a reputation as a see-and-be-seen hotspot. In honor of the holiday, try the MM Mai Tai ($15) made with Ron Zacapa Rum, Don Q Cristal Rum, citrus orgeat, curacao, and Cruzan Dark Rum; the915 Manhattan ($16) made with Four Square Rum, cynar, crème de cacao, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, and bitters; or perhaps the seasonal Strawberry Fields ($15) with Havana Club Blanco Rum, strawberry shrub honey, bitter lemon soda, and hibiscus rum. Meat Market is located at 915 Lincoln Road on South Beach. www.meatmarket.net