It’s time to ditch your old stand-by drink, Miami. Restaurants and bars are expanding their cocktail horizons while a new breed of Miami bartenders has taken the city by storm with ambrosian concoctions that incorporate unique blends, infusions, methods, and ingredients that teeter on the border between bartending and alchemy. We’ve compiled a list of Miami’s Top 5 Cocktail Menus that you simply must try out… just check your conventions at the door.
1 The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar
The Forge’s selection of drinks is expansive, varied, and inspired. Featuring an innumerable amount of tasty libations, there is something guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning palates. Their drink menu boasts an enormous variety of beer, including the standards, unique regional and global brews, and some you’ve probably never even heard of. Dare your wine snob friend (we know you have one) to take on the Forge’s colossal wine list, separated into ten separate stations based on factors such as body and tannin content. For those who favor liquor, The Forge’s resident mixologist Andres Aleman has concocted a list of signature cocktails, such as the Kiucumber made with kiwi, basil, and cucumber, and the Lycheespumante, which comes finished with a dollop of lychee foam.
The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar
432 41st Street, Miami Beach
2 Living Room at the W South Beach Hotel & Residences
We think it’s time you met Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta, Living Room’s head mixologists and founders of Bar Lab, a unique beverage consultancy. Famed for their innovative techniques and drinks, James Beard Award-winning Zvi and Orta have brought haute cocktails to Miami. For the ultimate in creative drinking, pay him a visit at the W South Beach and sip on custom cocktails made with an array of fresh ingredients and homemade liqueurs, bitters, and syrups infused with fragrant herbs. The cocktail menu has been categorized to highlight the hot spot’s uniqueness – Fragrance, Infusion, Laboratory, Classics with a Twist, and Market.
Living Room at The W South Beach Hotel & Residences
2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
3 Sunset Lounge at Mondrian Miami
In Miami, drinking is always better with a gorgeous view. The Sunset Lounge at the Mondrian takes full advantage of their prime spot nestled away from the hustle, bustle, and tourists on South Beach. Sunset Lounge, as part of the chic hotel’s pool deck (a gorgeous view in itself, if you catch our drift), overlooks sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and offers unique and ever-refreshing cocktails to enjoy the sunset to. As you sit on the dreamy deck designed by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, try out a signature cocktail made with one of the bar’s astounding 50 resident Brazilian cachaças. Can’t decide? Just ask one of the seasoned bartenders to concoct something. With an unconventional array of ingredients such as red chili pepper, elderflower, and more, we’re sure you’ll be surprised and satisfied.
Sunset Lounge at Mondrian Miami
1100 West Ave, Miami Beach
4 Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill
South America meets global influences in the heart of Midtown at the burgeoning Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill. Embracing Miami’s coveted laid-back and carefree attitude, Sugarcane boasts four separate drink menus – the standard drink list, their extensive wine and rum list, Sunday brunch list, and their wildly popular Happy Hour list. They have a celebrated collection of signature cocktails and beer such as Florida’s own Native Lager and Jai Alai IPA. Blowing minds everywhere, they have decided to combine the two into their beer cocktails like the Gold Coast, made of rum-soaked lemongrass, fresh lemon, and Stella Artois. Throw on some shades and kick back, because you’ll want to be here a while.
Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill
3250 NE 1st Ave, Midtown Miami
5 The Bar & Courtyard at The Setai South Beach
Offering specialty cocktails, wine and champagne by the stem, long & short cocktails, and the classics, you really can’t go wrong at this gorgeous spot. If you’re feeling adventurous, try one of their tasty, inventive creations such as the Asian Picnic, made with smoked pork belly-infused Jack Daniels, chile syrup, compressed watermelon, and citrus shiso. Or if you’re just looking for the classics done right, they’ve got you covered. With a huge spectrum of impeccably executed cocktails, the Bar & Courtyard at The Setai will definitely not disappoint.
The Bar & Courtyard at The Setai South Beach
2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach