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Having opened during a time where international concepts had traditionally taken South Beach by storm, it is undeniable that Zuma Miami was one of the original restaurants to put the Greater Downtown Miami and Brickell area on the map. After Miami, Zuma continued to develop and expand its nationwide reach expanding to New York, Las Vegas, and Boston.   

Today, in celebration of the milestone 10-year anniversary of its first U.S. location, internationally acclaimed celebrity hotspot Zuma Miami has announced that they will be undergoing a globally-inspired revamp this summer.

“Zuma Alfresco” will serve as an outdoor oasis located on their famed waterfront terrace while updates take place within its interiors, beginning mid-August until mid-October, and it will be fully operational from Sunday – Thursday (6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) and Friday – Saturday (6:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.). The outdoor concept will be offering the full menu and their famed brunch on Saturday (11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and Sunday (11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.). With the entrance located through the lobby of the Epic Hotel, the limited-time concept will feature a decorated greenery archway that leads guests into the outdoor terrace. The dining area will feature air conditioning fans will be placed throughout.

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“As a global brand, we are in-tune with giving our guests a worldly experience and as time passes, we like to continue to find ways to be ahead of trends in the dining and hospitality realm,” said Chef Rainer Becker, creator and co-founder of Zuma. “Miami was our first entrance into the United States, and we were able to bring something very special to the Downtown area which at that point was unfamiliar. Soon after, it became a catalyst for further growth of luxury brands. With this design refresh, we are again initiating the next wave of signature experiences, which will include the newest components from all the Zuma’s worldwide.” 

For more information on Zuma, visit: http://www.zumarestaurant.com

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Jassil, the first woman to become Maestra Ronera for Brugal and the youngest Master of Rum in the industry, grew up listening to her family tell the story of Ron Brugal. She has always known that she was a part of his legacy. When she realized that she could make a career in rum, she became fascinated with the industry. With a skilled nose and refined palate, Jassil began acting on her fascination and training as a “Maestra Ronera”. (Master of Rum) 

In a recent interview, we asked her about continuing the legacy for Brugal Rum, and Jassil said, “Becoming Maestra Ronera gave me the opportunity to open new doors in the spirits industry for women of my generation and of future generations to enjoy the wonderful world behind rum creation. It has also given me the opportunity to honor and be part of the legacy of the Brugal brand.”

“At the same time,” continued Jassil. “It’s difficult and intimidating to combine tradition and innovation because it’s a big responsibility. It requires originality and confidence to take risks while respecting the history of “the process…” It’s a welcome challenge because I’m doing something I love.”

Creating a product with positive international reception also feeds into Jassil’s love for her craft. “I have been able to create great products that people love and admire globally, and have been able to represent my country, Dominican Republic, with indescribable pride,” said Jassil. 

After creating Brugal 1888, Jassil has another accomplishment of which to be proud. The current Maestros Roneros, including Jassil, created Brugal 1888 in honor of their ancestor’s innovation and long-established goal to create quality rum.  The rum benefits from the skills and expertise passed down through five generations of the Brugal family Maestros Roneros. 

“There are secrets that are to this day still kept in the hands of the family rum masters,” teased Jassil. 

Brugal Family 1Brugal 1888 Doblemente Añejado is a rum that is produced in the Dominican Republic. It is created by combining the full flavors of bourbon and sherry casks through a double-aging process. The double-aging technique, though usually reserved for high-end, single malts, allows consumers to sip Brugal 1888. The smooth, balanced rum also has notes of vanilla, red fruits, and toffee intertwined with cocoa and natural oak spice. Finally, a long-lasting aftertaste leaves a desirable hint of honey that is both elegant and divine. 

Brugal 1888 inspires consumers to reimagine their favorite stirred, spirit-forward cocktail. They can discover a Rum Negroni or Old-fashioned with a memorable and distinct taste. Or rum enthusiasts can enjoy the spirit neat to stimulate their senses and witness how the rum evolves in the glass.

Screen Shot 2021 08 20 at 8.15.09 PMAccording to Brugal’s website, Don Andres Brugal Montaner had one idea when he moved to the Dominican Republic. He dreamed of perfecting the art of rum-making. In 1888, Don actualized that dream by creating the Brugal company and thus the Brugal legend.

Five generations and nearly 130 years later, the Brugal Family continues to craft the $40 rum. Only family members become Maestro Ronero. Jassil Villanueva Quintana and Gustavo Ortega Zeller currently hold the honor of living out their family legacy.

Jassil, what do you enjoy the most from all the processes as Maestra Ronera? 

As a Maestra Ronera, I am involved in all aspects of the rum making process but most of my focus and work is within the Ageing and Formulation of Brugal. Quality cask and wood is so important for the development of Brugal rum’s flavor so overseeing this and inspecting quality is a key part of my role that I really enjoy. Also leading the development of new products and trying to create new flavors through the combinations of casks and blends is a really rewarding part of the role.  

How do you differ from other Master Rum Makers? What qualities should a successful Maestra Ronera possess?

Maestros Roneros is the name given to Brugal’s Master Rum Makers,  every rum master should have as a member of the Brugal family.

 To be a Brugal Maestro Ronero independently for being a member of the family we need to have sensory skills, a deep knowledge of the products based on the development of the senses, as well as an excellent gustative capacity to define the mixtures in the elaboration of the rums. It is an art that requires great talent, dedication and passion for the world of rum.

What do you think are the new challenges into creating new spirits? 

One of the challenges for new generations in the rum industry is to keep the spirit of innovation and creativity that characterizes our industry alive and to continue sharing a passion and appreciation for the craft of rum making with the world.

In the case of Brugal, the 5th generation of Brugal Maestros Roneros continue to work on developing new products for the years to come. The best contribution we can make is to add our own personal touch and continue to serve as role models and advocates for rum and the generations to come. That is the most important legacy we will leave.

Where do you see the Rum industry today and in the future?

I believe the Rum Industry is permanently in search, and attentive to the emergence of new business opportunities, and tries to foresee the changes that lie ahead. Helping us with the knowledge, experience, capacity and common sense necessary to make good decisions is what anyone needs today and, in the future, to continue making this spirits category full of innovation where brands such as Brugal offer a unique involvement to consumers by adapting the experiences and profiles of rums to the new trends.

What’s coming up for Brugal, anything you can share with us?

There are a few exciting things planned over the next few months, but you’ll have to wait and see! 

For more information about Brugal 1888, visit their website at Brugal-rum.com and follow their journey on Instagram (@brugal1888rum). You may also find updates on Twitter @ronburgal_es , Facebook Ronbrugalrd, and Youtube Brugal Rum USA  

*Images credit Brugal 1888*

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At Krüs Kitchen, Wednesdays are the best days. Krüs Wine Wednesday Tastings are available every Wednesday and feature wine that Krus Kitchen’s very own Wine expert and Krüs co-founder Josh Hackler has meticulously selected. With exceptional music from Vinyl Djs, Chef Sebastián’s most delicious bites, and a fantastic assortment of wine, Josh provides guests with an excellent atmosphere to wine down.

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Josh Hackler, Co- Founder

As Josh aptly stated in a sit-down interview with 2oz Mag Creator Helena Jose, Krüs Wine is “a place for people to learn and enjoy wine.” Helmed by Josh and his expertise, enthusiasm, and unmatched eagerness for the craft, Krüs wine functions as a place to satisfy curiosity and explore the vast and incredible world of wine without fear, insecurity, or pretension. 

Josh is no stranger to the hospitality industry. “I had a wine business out of college,” said Josh describing his life before Krüs. “I imported Spanish wine. I lived in Spain. I sold that business in 2016 and wanted to go back to my roots in hospitality…I’ve been in the hospitality industry my whole life.”

Josh decided to co-found Krüs because of his past experiences and his present passions. “Given my influence of food and wine, and my background in importing wine, I really wanted to create a program that was both on-premise and off-premise,” said Josh. “Miami laws allow for that which is unique here in the city.”

“We wanted to create a space where we could tell a story and really promote learning and the whole education side on-premise,” continued Josh. “Obviously, [it was also great to] have a good time drinking great wine. But also [it was important to have] a great physical space to promote…a unique wine program.”  

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According to the Krüs Market website, Josh and his team are intentional about their wine selection. Last week, Krüs ended Season 1 with Zero Zero wine. Zero Zero wine producers remove themselves from the winemaking process and allow nature to shape and improve upon the product. The name of the wine comes from the fact that there is “ zero synthetic chemical input in the vineyard and zero in the winemaking process.”

Further, the Krüs team offers low-intervention producers who not only provide an exquisite product but also express a deep “respect and care for their vines and wine.” There have been over 24 tastings hosted at Krüs Kitchen so far, and individual themes allow each tasting to stand out from the last. For the second season, Josh intends to move from wine tastings to wine events. 

The Krüs wine events will continue educating guests on all things wine while also allowing guests to socialize among themselves. Guests will sample wines and listen to the musical stylings of the vinyl Dj as they meet and greet other like-minded wine novices, connoisseurs, and enthusiasts. In the spirit of the first few wine tastings, Krüs is committed to offering a safe, comfortable environment for guests to enjoy the festivities. Because there are only ten tickets available each week, guests should note that tickets go live for sale each Thursday for the following week’s tasting. 

In addition to the wine tastings and upcoming wine events, guests can join the Krüs Wine Club.  Club members have access to a “world-class curation of natural, organic, and biodynamic wines.” For $100 a month (plus tax and delivery fees), members will receive four natural wines that the Krüs team curated with care. The shipments go out the first week of every month. However, members can save money and avoid the shipping cost by picking their box up from Krüs Kitchen themselves. Other membership perks include 10% off all artisanal Krüs Market items, $10 off WednesdayWinetasting tickets, and 15% off half cases of six wines. Lastly, a complimentary Krüs Market item is available for pick-up during your first month of membership.

The first event is set to kick off the first week of September but keep up to date on upcoming events by going to the Krüs Kitchen website https://www.kruskitchen.com. You can also click the social media icons to get the latest updates on products, tastings, and other exciting opportunities like joining the Krüs Wine Club.

Hours:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Friday: 12-3 p.m., 5-9 p.m.

Saturday: 12-9 p.m.

Sundays: 12-5 p.m.

Location:

3413 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133

Website(s):

https://www.kruskitchen.com/ (MAIN)

https://www.krusmarket.com/ (MARKET)

Social:

https://www.instagram.com/kruskitchen/?hl=en

https://www.facebook.com/Kruskitchen

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Let’s get RUMantics!

by Helena Jose

On August 16th, all Rum lovers and enthusiasts celebrate National Rum Day, but one day is not enough to delight with this sugar cane spirit. We have selected the best rum-based cocktails for you to enjoy during the whole month. Get ready to screenshot all this info, save it and share it.

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Punchy Panda ($16 single/$125 to share)—premium rum, mint sprig, lime, pandan syrup, and bitters. Featured photo*

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EL PIRATA ($16)—Coconut Cartel rum, mezcal, Averna, orgeat, and pineapple.

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RED BEAN PIÑA COLADA – Santa Teresa Rum, Havana Club Rum, Red bean coconut mix, Pineapple juice

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FLOR DE MANAGUA ($15) -Flor de Caña 4yr Añejo, Orgeat, lemon juice, Angostura bitters

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MIDNIGHT IN PR–  White Rum, Blackberry Puree, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Mint Leaves 

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ORILLA 

CANCHANCHARA – $17 Santa teresa 1796, Honey, citrus

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HONEYMOON BEACH – Ten to one White Rum, Lime Juice, Raspberries, Pineapple juice, Simple Syrup

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MILA

SHISIOTO – $16 The Shisoito is made from Plantation three-star rum and is contrasted with sweet falernum syrup. Blended with flavors of lime, herbs, and cucumber and topped with a sparkling sake, this cocktail perfectly encapsulates MILA’s Mediterr-Asian concept.

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Drink it for the ‘Gram

by Helena Jose

Mixologists know for sure how to attract the crowd, nowadays not only the flavors attract, but also the design, glass, ice, garnishes, and effects are taking into consideration when creating a cocktail menu, take a look a the most instagrammables cocktails in Miami.

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Cocktail: To Bee or Not to Bee Cocktail by Thomas Thoshino 

Price: $19 

Salvaje, Miami 

Details: The “To Bee or Not to Bee” is a cocktail that is trying to get the attention of all consumers with driver tropical profile tasting buds. The tropical influence of the Brugal 1888 rum & guava reflects the tropical vibes where Brugal 1888 is made, highlighting the importance of Caribbean flavors and its own popularity in Miami’s market. It is a beautiful fruity drink, accessible to everyone where presentation also appeals and satisfies the sight needs.  

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Cocktail: DropMe Lemon Drop 

Price: $18 

Ambersweet at The Confidante Miami Beach  

The DropMe Lemon Drop is Ambersweet’s playful take on the classic lemon drop martini. The cocktail is served inside an ice sphere with a hammer with lemon-infused vodka, crafted Triple Sec, Lemon Juice, and Sugar. Making for a good Instagram moment, guests must crack open the ice sphere with a hammer to enjoy. Ambersweet is mid-beach’s newest dining destination at The Confidante Miami Beach.  

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Cocktail: Spice Market 

Price: $21


MILA Miami
 

Details: Akin to a premium rum punch, the Spice Market is made from Plantation three-star rum and Plantation original dark rum, mixed with complimentary sweet, spicy, and sour flavors: charred banana, Orgeat (a nutty floral syrup), aromatic spices, and lime. This blush-colored cocktail is topped with smoked banana foam and garnished with a pink peony. 

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Cocktail:  The Purple Reign by Wil Estrada

Price: $16 

Swan, Miami 

Details: Refreshing, pairs perfect for Brunch, sweet notes of Lavender and Yuzu, Avion silver tequila, shōchū, butterfly pea, Domaine de Canton.

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Cocktail:  Champagne Candy cloud

Little Hen, Midtown Miami  

Details: Little Hen has become one of the favorite brunch spots to take amazing photos. Make it memorable by adding this Rose petals, cotton candy, and Champagne Pommery Cocktail.

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Cocktail: Sake Juicebox  

Buya Miami 

This cocktail will bring you back to your younger years. This childhood favorite has an adult spin to it as it is filled with premium sake! The very instagrammable drink is perfect to enjoy with your friends at happy hour or a fun addition to a dinner date! 

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Cocktail:  Mykonos

Price: $16

Estiatorio Ornos 

Hence its name, the Mykonos is as refreshing as a Greek island breeze. Spiked with Hendrick’s gin, Mastiha, and Aperol, the coral-colored drink is mixed with fresh flavors of lemon and adorned with a ribbon of cucumber.   

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