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La Cañita’s spectacular view of Miami’s waterfront offers the perfect backdrop for lunch or dinner, celebrating The Infectious Spirit of the Islands and Central and South American Culture with Eclectic Menu, Rum-Centric Cocktails and Live Music Daily

La Cañita is meant to invoke the feeling of a distillery somewhere in the tropics of the Caribbean. Like the various influences found in the food and cocktails, the interior features vintage tropical wallpaper, carefully mismatched cement tile lining the bar, and dusky pink walls that conjure the colonial architecture of the Caribbean islands. The restaurant also conveys an open-aired, industrial feel that one might experience at some of the region’s best rum producers with giant copper columns that run from floor to ceiling. 

La Cañita Rum Runner photo by Michael PisarriThe beverage program is designed to get the party going with house-crafted cocktails that mix traditional with modern. The bar will feature five flavors of Mojito — strawberry, guava, passion fruit, mango, and coconut — and the same five flavors for their Tommy’s Margarita. Among the 20 cocktails on the menu, other standouts include the Oaxaca, a Mexican-style Negroni; and Our Old Fashioned featuring rosemary-infused whiskey, date bitters, and grapefruit. 

Beer by the bottle and five options on draught, including Modelo, Estrella Damm, and La Rubia blonde ale from Wynwood Brewing Company. Wine offerings include three sparkling wines, five whites, and four red wines from both Old and New World producers. 

The 4,800-square-foot restaurant is jointly owned by James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein, known for her command of pan-Latin cuisines, and partner David Martinez, equally well-known for his expertise in world-class, award-winning hospitality. Together, they’ve partnered with Davide Borgia and Orestes Pajon to bring this high-energy space to life.

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“La Cañita is quintessential Miami,” says Martinez. “We are so fortunate to have this melting pot of cultural and culinary influences in this city, and we hope to put them front-and-center with our new concept-driven restaurant. Between the big flavors and fun cocktail combinations, plus an amazing location with spectacular views, and live music filling the space day and night, La Cañita will be Miami’s go-to place to celebrate all the vibrancy of Latin and Caribbean culture. We’re looking forward to contributing to the continued growth of Bayside Marketplace’s landmark property; and ultimately, to spread the spirit of this great concept to other pockets of the country.” 

La Cañita’s menu features a selection of hot and chilled appetizers, soups, empanadas, salads and sandwiches, along with entrees from land and sea, and desserts. The restaurant will also offer a kid’s menu for family dining. 

Upon opening, the restaurant will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays and will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, please visit LaCañitaMiami.com, follow the restaurant at @LaCañitaMiami or email info@lacanitamiami.com. 

*Images by Michale Pisarri 

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A Four-Part Pop-Up Series Honoring South Florida’s Love for Cafecitos and Premium Rum  

Brugal 18888, a premium rum crafted in the Dominican Republic, today announces “La Ventanita”: a four-neighborhood pop up series that celebrates South Florida’s ventanita culture and love for exceptional rum cocktails. The activation, which will bring the flair and flavor of the Dominican Republic to Miami, will kick off on September 19 in Brickell City Center and make three additional stops in top neighborhoods through early 2022. Those locations will remain a surprise until opening, a playful nod to five generations of distilling secrets kept within the Brugal family.   

A unique blend of passion for freshly brewed coffee and espresso as well as exceptional rum mastery, La Ventanita will be equal parts bustling daytime coffee shop and swinging evening rum bar. During “cafecito runs,” guests can lounge among plush seating and sofas while enjoying selections from catering partner Dos Croquetas, such as Café Con Leche or Cafecito alongside a pastelito, with flavors including Guava & Cheese topped with a coconut infused glaze and toasted coconut, or Picadillo & Plantain. At 4:00pm each day, La Ventanita will energetically transition into the Brugal 1888 Rum Bar, a sensory experience unveiling the magic behind the distillery to cocktail process and how 130 years of rum mastery translate into a unique spirit. Master mixologists will shake up craft cocktails showcasing the premium rum – such as the signature Don Nano’s Favorite with Brugal 1888 and a coconut water ice sphere, as well as “La Ventanita,” a Brugal 1888 coffee infused cocktail – while sharing stories of the legendary Brugal family.  

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“With La Ventanita, we hope to share our family traditions here in the Dominican Republic with everyone in the South Florida area. Some of my best days have started with a cafecito and pastelito, and have ended with an evening filled with dancing, singing and, of course, rum cocktails with my family and loved ones,” said Brugal 1888 Maestra Ronera Jassil Villanueva Quintana. “It is an honor to be able to continue my family’s legacy of crafting a beloved product like Brugal 1888, and I look forward to bringing that experience to life through La Ventanita.”  

The Brugal 1888 La Ventanita will be set on the 2nd floor Garden Deck of Brickell City Center, directly across from ZARA, from September 19 – 28, 2021. The Cafecito Shop will be open from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and the Brugal 1888 Rum Bar from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. daily. Guests can enjoy a variety of immersive experiences that bring the Dominican Republic to life in Miami, including rum tasting classes with Brugal 1888 ambassadors, guest bartender evenings with top local bartenders, domino tournaments and more.   

For more information and to make reservations for La Ventanita, please visit https://www.brugal-rum.com/en-us/la-ventanita

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Arriving in the rapidly growing Edgewater neighborhood, Klaw will occupy the completely restored 95-year-old Women’s Club building. The grand Spanish Renaissance building spans 14,800 square feet across three floors encompassing a grand dining room with massive colonial-arched windows, private dining space, a theater kitchen and Edgewater’s only rooftop bar, overlooking Biscayne Bay and the undisturbed views of Miami Beach Skyline. 

International entrepreneur, Sasha Krilov, and global restaurateur, Misha Zelman, announced their first foray into Miami’s diverse culinary scene with their latest concept, Klaw. Opening in the historic Miami Women’s Club Fall 2021, the restaurant’s culinary program will be led by Chef Tim Elmore and is dedicated to sourcing the coveted King Crab from Norway’s Barents Sea, as well as an exceptional global beef program, including certified USDA Black Angus Nebraskan beef. 

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Klaw’s interior design will be reimagined by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, an internationally acclaimed interior architecture and design studio known for projects like Soho House, The Surf Club Restaurant in Miami, Harrod’s wine shop and more. Martin is listed within AD100, Who’s Who, House and Garden’s Top 100 Leading Interior Designers, Wallpaper* Magazine’s Power 200 with the latter describing him as ‘one of the best restaurant and hotel designers of his generation, among others.  ‘It is rare that you find a building with such history and character in Miami, and we’re excited to usher in the next chapter of the Women’s Club’s life. The interiors will have a beautiful balance between airy and intimate, casual and elegant, and rustic and luxury, as well as really meld the best of Miami into one space.’ Martin Brudnizkim, international-acclaimed architect and interior designer and founder of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio.  

Martin Brudnizki’s design for Klaw will emulate a distinctive and eclectic mix of moody colors and deep woods to compliment the buildings story and water-front location.  

Klaw’s culinary program aims to offer diners the epitome of the beef and reef experience. The King Crab served at Klaw comes direct from the rough waters of the Artic Ocean in the north of Norway straight to the sunny coastline of Miami. King Crabs will be housed in bespoke aquatic tanks on display in the restaurant.  

While Norwegian King Crab and exceptional beef are the main course of Klaw’s menu, guests can also indulge in other treasures from land and sea, including New Caledonia blue prawn, Hand Dived east coast scallops, the best Gulf of Mexico, East/West coast oysters and seasonal specials. 

BEVERAGE PROGRAM

Klaw will showcase a world-class beverage program to complement the culinary craftsmanship. Partnering with the best Wine and Champagne Houses from all corners of the world, the restaurant will boast over 250 listings of Old & New World wines.  

As Edgewater’s only rooftop bar, Klaw’s bar program will be adding to the diverse, elevated bar scene in Miami. The bespoke cocktail program will feature a selection of fine sprits for guests to savor whilst looking over the glistening Biscayne Bay and undisturbed Miami Beach Skyline. Klaw will push the boundaries of mixology with unique cocktails and classic twists all while offering guests distinct cuisine, only found on the rooftop.  

Klaw is located at 1737 N Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33132. For more information, please visit  www.klawrestaurant.com and follow along on Instagram @klawrestaurant 

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Fun, easy, and delicious. It’s time to up your shot game with LIQS Cocktail Shot. Since 2013, LIQS has been a convenient and reliable way to consume ready-to-drink products. Ready-to-drink products have been the only alcohol product to grow during the COVID-19 pandemic. E & J Gallo recently acquired LIQS Cocktail Shot, and their product is now available across the United States. Each Cocktail Shot is made with premium spirits, real fruit juices, and natural flavors. They are also low in sugar, low in calories, gluten-free, and completely natural. 

The makers of the LIQS Cocktail Shots have kept the environment in mind by creating an environmentally conscious product. The 50ml shot glasses are not only reusable but are also recyclable. According to the LIQS website, the shot glasses are manufactured with sturdy and BPA-free shot glasses from #1 PET plastic which is the most widely recycled plastic in the world. A night of drinks with little to no environmental impact? The future is looking a little brighter and much more fun. 

004On the subject of fun, there are five flavors available. The first flavor from which to choose is the Vodka Lemon Drop which is “the most popular shot in America.” The Vodka Lemon Drop has real lemon juice and sugar cane. It is 20% ABV, 40 proof, gluten-free, and only 123 calories. Another available flavor is the Vodka Kamikaze. This shot is typically made from vodka, triple sec liqueur, and lime juice. The LIQS version is infused with a hint of natural vanilla that makes an already classic shot all the more irresistible. 

Like the Vodka Lemon Drop, the Vodka Kamikaze has the same ABV, proof, and gluten-free qualities. However, this shot boasts a mere 109 calories. With the next flavor, Vodka Lychee Grapefruit, the LIQS team accomplishes an incredible feat. In the 102 calorie shot, the citrus of grapefruit balances effortlessly with the sweetness of lychee. Then, there is the Tequila Cinnamon Orange. A true LIQS original, this innovative flavor combination is an industry first that promises to change the way consumers conceptualize a tequila shot. Last, there is the Whiskey Fireshot which is as hot as it sounds. This shot combines premium whiskey with pure cinnamon and vanilla crème to create a devilishly appetizing shot.

All five flavors are available to order nationwide. To order from the world’s first premium cocktail shots, visit their website at https://www.liqs.com/home/

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The Craft Spirits ‘N Cocktails Festival, Miami’s largest exhibition of spirits and cocktails, is only one month away. The festival will take place in Iconic Cruz Building in Coconut Grove on Friday, October 8th, 2021. The main event will demonstrate the best and brightest components of resurgent spirits and cocktail culture for all attendees to enjoy. Consumers will not only learn about and engage with the world of spirits, but they will also get the chance to explore the essence and allure of the industry. 

Craft Spirits ‘N Cocktails Founder, Frank Moreno, cannot wait to celebrate with Miami spirits and cocktail consumers and enthusiasts. “The goal when we started was to create a memorable event, where the curious novice or experienced aficionado, had the opportunity to learn and enjoy the craftsmanship and authenticity that goes into spirits and cocktails,” said Moreno. However, for the eighth year, Moreno is eager to entice a more specific audience. “This year we are limiting attendance to elevate the experience and safety for attendees and brands alike,” explained Moreno. 

There is more fun to be found as more spirit and cocktail enthusiasts abound. In addition to the five-day celebration, the days before the festival will include bartender competitions, happy hours, and many more activities to set a fun, thrilling tone for the subsequent event. 

On Monday, October 4th, the week of Craft Spirits ‘N Cocktails will kick off with an exciting competition called the BareKnuckle Bartender™ which will take place at 8 p.m. During the competition, Miami’s biggest and baddest bartenders will compete to make the best cocktails in a “Chopped-style” competition. The winner will earn the highly sought-after title of BareKnuckle Bartender Champ. The event is open to the public so everyone has the opportunity to start the week off with some fun, excitement, and good old-fashioned battle bartending. This event’s location is TBD so attendees should be on the lookout for more information so they don’t miss out on this opportunity. 

On Tuesday, October 5th, attendees can up the ante by heading to Cerveceria La Tropical (42 NE 25th St). Cerveceria La Tropical will host a Tapped Tuesday Extravaganza that starts at 7 p.m. Guests can “pre-game” with a Happy Hour highlighted by beer and spirited cocktails. This event is also open for the public’s enjoyment.  

On Wednesday, October 6th, ladies may strut on over to Bar Nancy (2007 SW 8th St) for Women, Whiskey & Wieners™. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the best women in the Miami bar industry will make and serve divine and delectable whiskies and whiskey cocktails from 6 to 10 p.m. The best part? A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Miami USBG Relief Fund. This event is open to the public so come one and come all for the festivities.   

Last but not least, all the fun festival events come to a culmination on Friday, October 8th. It’s the moment everyone has been waiting for, the belle of the ball, la piece de la resistance, Craft Spirits ‘N Cocktails 2021. Craft Spirits ‘N Cocktails will take place at The Cruz Building (3157 Commodore Plaza) from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. This incredible, large-scale tasting event will showcase over 100 spirits and cocktails from across the country and around the world. Attendees may also delight in food samples from local restaurants, Prohibition Era live jazz, DJ, and a rooftop cigar lounge! Tickets start at $75. 

GET IN THE SPIRIT

Here are some of the spirits that consumers can expect at Craft Spirits ‘N Cocktails 2021:

6 O’clock Gin, Abasolo Whisky, Aperol Liqueur, Brugal Rum, Bulldog Gin, Campari, Chinola Liqueur, Gubba Rum, E11ven Vodka, Fistful of Bourbon, Ghost Tequila, Hendrick’s Gin, Herradura Tequila, Hudson Whiskey, Jack Daniels Signature Whiskies, Jagermeister, Milagro Tequila, Nixta Liqueur, Old Forester Signature Bourbons, NEFT Vodka, Ojo de Tigre Mezcal, Rivi Gin, Russell’s Reserve Whiskies, Santa Teresa Rum, St. George Spirits, Soul Cachaca, Strega Liqueur, Terremoto Tequila, Uncle Nearest Whiskey, WhistlePig Rye Whiskies, Wild Turkey Whiskies, Woodford Reserve Bourbons, and more!


To learn about events, save the date or for more information, visit https://www.craftspiritsfest.com/. Tickets are available at  http://snc2021.eventbrite.com/. Get them quickly because there is a limited supply!

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