Between holiday withdrawals and daunting New Year’s resolutions, the months of January and February can be a real pain―but this is one mule that we can’t complain about. Created by the ever-so-talented Komodo cocktail team, the hip Downtown restaurant and lounge is serving up a special twist on the classic Moscow Mule. The special Ginger Passion Fruit Mule is our haute drink of the moment, crafted to perfection with its key ingredient, Belvedere Vodka. Between the sweet flavor of passionfruit and the spicy hints of ginger, the subtle differences in flavor perfectly complement each other to make a smooth and refreshing drink―and a pain-free way to kick off the night.
Nightlife kingpin David Grutman’s Komodo made its debut on the Miami scene only about one year ago, and it has already made a name for itself by bringing the food and beverage industry and the Miami nightlife scene together in one place. The look and feel of the restaurant is unique in itself, a three-level indoor/outdoor space separated by a main dining room, downstairs bar, mezzanine level and a cozy floating “bird’s nest” area upstairs, all illuminated with modern, red lights and an Asian-design theme that creates a dark and sexy atmosphere.
Since the spot is just as equally an entertainment scene as it is a fine-dining restaurant, it’s ensured that its drinks are all uniquely inventive and tasty, and the Ginger Passion Fruit Mule certainly lives up to the job. The 100% Polish vodka offers a smooth, velvety texture with a hint of spice that delicately offsets the gentle kick from the ginger, resulting in a delicious libation that goes down easy. General manager Chris Cuomo explains why this cocktail is one of the bar’s biggest hits. “Mules are having a moment right now, but Komodo’s Ginger Passion Fruit Mule is truly a step above the rest,” he explains. “The ginger liqueur and sparkling sake are a nice variation to ginger beer, and truly set this drink apart from any other mule you’ve had. It’s not too sweet and is so refreshing when served with Komodo’s special crushed ice in the classic copper mug. This drink is the perfect Florida beverage for any time of year.”
Fruit Mule Recipe:
• Belvedere Vodka
• Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
• Passion fruit purée
• MIO sparkling sake
• Mint and candied ginger garnish