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On Monday June 6th, BASBAS Herbal Liqueur entered the Miami market with an event that took place at Miami Beach’s stunning Orilla Restaurant. This event included a cocktail pairing dinner that Orilla’s Bar Manager, and multi-awarded bartender, Rodrigo Tubert curated himself. Rodrigo created three cocktails that the BASBAS concept and origin inspired. During the event, guests had the fortune of tasting the flavor-forward herbal liqueur while also enjoying Orilla’s scrumptious dishes. To set the tone for their meals, guests ordered Orilla’s burrata or empanadas. Dinner consisted of entrées such as a Arroz Negro, a whole Branzino and a New york Steak. For dessert, guests had their choice between flan and pavlova. However, the opportunity to try BASBAS, a super-premium hierbas made from naturally sourced wild herbs native to Ibiza, drew its own interest, excitement, and crowd.

BASBAS first distilled a variation in the 16th century. This variation was used as a remedy. The monks of Baleares fermented wild anise. Then, they extracted essential oils from herbs like rosemary, juniper, chamomile, and sage into the alcohol. Ibiza’s Carreró family have been protecting the recipe for generations. Centuries later, many toasts, meals, and celebrations in Ibiza and other Balearic Islands feature this spirit that had once been largely unknown to the outside world. From its humble beginnings, BASBAS rises to claim a multitude of accolades that show that not only has the liqueur reached countless more homes, events, and people, but also that it has been well received in these spaces.

 BASBAS has twenty-four, and counting, notable achievements such as the 2021 New York International Spirits Competition, 2021 Spanish Liqueur of the Year, 2021 World Drinks Award, 2021 Bartender Spirits Award, 2021 Denver International Spirits Competition -Spirits-, 2021 Denver International Spirits Competition -Design-, 2021 USA Spirit Ratings, 2021 New York Wine & Spirits Competition, 2021 International Wine & Spirits Competition, 2021 International Spirits Challenge, 2021 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2021 Cathay Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition, and 2022 San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge. Recently, BASBAS received the Double Gold distinction at the International SIP Awards and the distinction of Spanish Liqueur of the Year at the New York International Spirits Competition.

The highly accredited and awarded herbal spirit is the perfect drink to elevate nights out or nights in. According to the liqueur’s website, BASBAS “is a multidimensional spirit that passes as an aperitif, moonlights as a digestif and exists somewhere in-between.” In both aesthetic and taste, BASBAS is a “smooth” and “bright” liquor that also possess a hint of sweetness. Its floral notes and “energetic,” “soul-warming” taste make it the perfect choice for the summer. It is an elegant drink that may bring people together and offers its consumers a taste of the wild. After all, “bas” means “wild” in the basque language of Euskera and, although its name represents the wild foraged herbs from which it is made, the word “wild” may also encompass the untamed jubilation and exhilaration prompted by a mere sip of the liqueur. 

Ready to taste the most awarded hierbas in the world? For a limited time, Batch 001 of the esteemed liquor is available in restaurants throughout Miami, New York City, Mexico City, and Ibiza as well as at masbasbas.com. One-of-a-kind BASBAS recipes are also featured on the BASBAS Instagram @drinkbasbas. 

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Celebrating the first day of Summer, on June 21st. Michelin Starred restaurant Le Jardinier Miami, Launched a Rosé inspired Summer Garden in their Patio. The garden will offer the Château d’Esclans portfolio of rosé’s along with special cocktails, new menu items and a Riviera Style Sunday Brunch.

Sunday Brunch and live music inspired by some of the Côte d’Azur’s favorite summer beach clubs. Ruben Rolon, Head Bartender and recent recipient of the Exceptional Cocktails Award from the Michelin Guide, has crafted a limited-time rosé cocktail with The Beach Rosé.

Select rosés will be offered during the summer garden including Rock Angel Rosé, Château d’Esclans Garrus Rosé, Château d’Esclans Estate Rosé, Whispering Angel Rosé and The Beach Rosé. Magnum selections of Whispering Angel, Rock Angel, and Garrus will be available at special prices during Sunday Brunch.

Rosé Garden Happy Hour: everyday Tuesday -Saturday 6pm-9pm

Rosé Garden Sunday Brunch: every Sunday starting June 25th.

Follow @lejardiniermiami for upcoming specials 

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On Wednesday, June 1st, Delirio Tiki Bar by Swizzle opened its doors for the first time. However, this new concept thrives from its old roots of creativity, originality, and versatility that have long flourished on the premises. The Delirio Tiki Bar by Swizzle is an extension of the Swizzle Rum Bar Team’s established mark on Miami Beach. Conceptualized and executed by Founder of Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery Danilo Bozovic, his friends, and the whole Swizzle team, Delirio Tiki Bar is a fun spin on Tiki culture–––a culture originally native to Polynesia. This new bar concept stands out because of its Latin American-infused details, decor, drinks, and delirium

4158EE46 651D 4A6A AA50 9501BE8ACA4AIn addition to serving as the Founder of Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery, Danilo is also a beverage director, beverage consultant, and author. He is a Barkeep Book Author. the first one he write is Barkeep: The Guide to Becoming a Professional Bartender and the newest one Barkeep: The Art of Mixology, Bar & Cocktails. As a professional who wears many hats and has held several leadership positions, he is no stranger to the ins and outs of what makes a successful business capture the hearts and attention of its intended patrons. “The vision behind the new concept is Latin American-inspired Tiki. The tricky process is that I usually try to do concepts and projects that I am very excited about,” said Danilo.

By launching Delirio Tiki Bar by Swizzle, Danilo bravely takes on the challenge of creating something fresh and exciting in an era in which everything seems to have been done before. “Nowadays, when there’s a lot of things going on, it is hard to see something that you’re excited about…” continued Danilo. “My goal is to do as unique a concept as I can. In a market, and in a world, where everyone is interconnected through social media and everything, it is a bit harder to do.”

Danilo infuses the flavor, the soul, and the fun of Latin American culture into his new bar concept, adding a magical touch to his take on Tiki. In his approach to the design, which he handled himself, Danilo provides a darker look to contrast the gold accents throughout the venue. The wood is an integral component of the design, making the gold “pop” and hypnotizing those who enter the space. 

F74B8E27 CF86 4555 B297 0C98CE3B2152From the most noticeable detail-oriented features to the more subtle nuances, Danilo demonstrates an awareness of appearance’s influence on experience. “I try to do what I think is best for the space, and I try to envision how the operation goes…Not necessarily feng shui but something in that order where the colors and the materials make you feel a certain way,” he explained. 

Because Danilo has a sense of the space and how guests may interact with it, he also elevates the guests’ experience of the venue and everything else the bar has to offer. For example, the physical environment and decorations affect the manner in which guests respond to certain drinks, the type of energy guests hope to get out of the bar, and the type of vibrancy they put back into it. 

Understanding the way in which a place’s design functions in making or breaking an experience allows Danilo to better curate his guests’ fun days and nights out. In conceptualizing his designs,  so too, he considers the drinks, the concept, and the music. Danilo said, “It’s all kind of connected…It helps because when I do the menu, then I know what could work, what doesn’t work, what’s too much, what’s not too much, what’s too little, what’s not good enough and so on.” 

Danilo keeps the same classic approach and mixology that he inherited from working with Employees Only. He maintains the technique that goes into making cocktails while also translating and adjusting his techniques to elevate the Tiki concept. “I really had fun with this project,” said Danilo when asked about the Delirio Tiki Bar by Swizzle’s beverage program. 

Danilo continued, “It’s a limited cocktail menu but I wanted it to be super profound. I wanted to incorporate dulce de leche. We have a Dulce de Leche Old Fashion…It’s a dulce de leche wash and a Venezuelan Santa Teresa Rum and then we have a hundred proof bourbon. We’re sticking to the classic style which is the American Speakeasy style but also incorporating the flavor. That’s going to be a stirred drink. Very popular. Very nice. It’s quite delicious. I am very happy with how it turned out.”

FE0AE75E 0BFC 481E AE69 F5B593ADDE46Danilo brings guests into his vision, his Belle Epoque of the Tiki culture in Latin America, his fictional musing, with the tastes of each of his eight cocktails. An example of the kind of cocktails guests can expect is the Zombielicious Hibiscus, it has pineapple-charred and Ojo De Tigre Mezcal, The Pretty Mama Swizzle made with a rum from Belize. There is also a cocktail made with rum from Bolivia, one made from Foreign Liquor from Mexico with salted blood orange, and a unique clarified punch, among other balanced, rich, and fun creations. There is even a cocktail to pay tribute to Miami called Miami Vice. It is a Brugal 1888 Rum based cocktail with a cacao liqueur that the Swizzle team makes themselves and Aguardiente Foam.

Ready to experience the magical touch of a new take on Tiki? Visit Delirio Tiki Bar by Swizzle at 1120 Collins Ave in the Viajero Hostel. Enjoy a cocktail or a ceviche by the pool and some eats such as coconut shrimp, burgers, wings, fries, etc. Every day from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Delirio Tiki Bar by Swizzle will offer a Happy Hour that is open to the public. This offer includes two cocktails. Also, there will be a  FSM, or First Sunday Month, event which is an industry dedicated day from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. During this event,  industry colleagues have an opportunity to come and enjoy Happy Hour cocktails, complimentary food by Daniel Roy, the pool and a live day-time DJ. For more information about Delirio Tiki Bar by Swizzle, follow the Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery on Instagram at @Delirio_tiki_byswizzle or visit their website at https://www.swizzlerumbardrinkery.com/.

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Airmail takes center stage inside Alton Food Hall,  a recently opened Food Hall and markets inspired by the iconic ones of Europe, where diverse, ethnic cuisines are served side by side. 

The bar is named in honor of the historic rum-based cocktail. The Airmail was originally created in the 1940s in honor of the then revolutionary practice of sending mail by air back and forth between Cuba and Miami. Originally served with a postage stamp, Airmail continues this tradition by giving all patrons a free postcard that can be mailed anywhere in the United States. 

B9A9219Airmail’s signature menu and seasonal updates are the vision of General Manager and Head Mixologist Sofia Present, who brings over a decade of craft cocktail experience from NYC to Miami for the first time. Prior to Airmail, Sofia learned to bartend at Dutch Kills before stints at Pegu Club, Maison Premiere, the Bourgeois Pig Brooklyn and Middle Branch. Her cocktails have been featured on Tasting Table and Vanity Fair and she has guest bartended in Scotland, Mexico and Canada. 

Current menu highlights include: Cobbler Punch (Amontillado Sherry, PX Sherry, Pineapple, Fresh Grapefruit, Cane Sugar, Maraschino Liqueur and Prosecco); Frose (Lo-Fi Vermouth, Havana Club Dark Anejo, Fresh Strawberry, Melon and Lemon); The Monk’s Sazerac (Wild Turkey Rye 101, Benedictine, Green Chartreuse, Honey, Peychaud’s); Blacksails (Ron Zacapa 23, Cocchi di Torino, Montenegro Demerara, Burlesque Bitters)

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Launching this June, Airmail will be offering delivery of five of their most popular cocktails. Each to-go order serves 2 (or one if it’s that kinda day) and costs $24+ the delivery platform’s taxes and fees. Airmail cocktail delivery will launch with UberEats, with plans to expand to other platforms. The inaugural delivery menu features: Black Sails (Ron Zacapa 23, Cocchi di Torino, Montenegro, Demerara, Burlesque Bitters); Ginger Pear Highball (Fistful of Bourbon, Pear, Fresh Lemon, Ginger Syrup, Reagan’s Orange Bitters, Topo Chico); Jungle Bird (Havana Club Dark Anejo, Black Strap Rum, Campari, Pineapple, Fresh Lime Juice); Margarita (Don Julio Blanco, Cointreau, Fresh Lime Juice, Agave, Jalapeno Tincture); Trader’s Swizzle (Johnnie Walker Black, Orgeat, Vermouth, Pineapple, Fresh Lime, Angostura).

Airmail is located in Alton Food Hall at 955 Alton Road in Miami Beach. It is open Monday – Wednesday and Sunday from 10am–11pm and Thursday – Saturday from 10am–12am. Join us aboard on Instagram @airmailmiami

 

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Named one of the 2022 SIP Awards International Spirits Competition Platinum medal winners, Latin Gin has just debuted in the U.S by co-founder Ivania Sher and is a collection of four distinguished expressions — Latin Spice, Latin Lover, Latin Secco and Latin Beach.

Distilled in the foothills of the Italian Alps, Latin Gin is a work of modern craftsmanship. It is produced by a family-owned business that has perfected the art of spirit-making for over a century. The gin encompasses the dynamism of Latin culture and incorporates thoughtfully sourced ingredients and flavors. Each of its four expressions conveys a love story, taking consumers on a journey of passion, romance, tradition and joy.

HG205319 Edit 1Created by Co-Founder Ivania Sher, Latin Gin was conceived of as an ideal choice for modern-day gin drinkers. Sher grew up in El Salvador amongst a family of international diplomats; she witnessed her parents entertain guests from around the world with beautiful, inventive cocktails. With this catalyst, she decided to create a premium gin from a female and worldly perspective. The result? A smooth, vibrant spirit, which may be consumed neat, on the rocks, or crafted into creative beverages. 

“I understand the modern gin drinker, because I am one. I wanted to create a premium spirit that feels fresh, contemporary and versatile,” says Sher. “South Florida is the gateway to The Americas, and what better region to launch a Latin-inspired premium gin than here. We look forward to working with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to continue expanding Latin Gin across the country.” 

Latin Gin is crafted with the utmost care, creating a premium gin worthy of sophisticated moments. It is housed in an iconic glass bottle befitting its artful blend. The sculptural design of the bottle, in red, pink, dark and light blue hues, is crafted from extra fine flint glass–the most premium in the world–and invokes the opulence of the Art Deco era.  

Latin Spice 

Latin Spice Premium Gin is sophisticated and seductive. It is well-balanced, with warm Calabrian chili pepper notes that linger on the palate. It is inspired by the passion and the spark of a newly formed romance. Latin Spice is a great choice for classic, balanced cocktails such as the Last Word, Alexander, and Hanky Panky.

Latin Lover

Latin Lover Premium Gin is infused with strawberries and roses. Soft, romantic and pink-tinged, Latin Lover embodies its name with a sweet taste and aroma. It is inspired by a blossoming love. This spirit is designed with fruit-forward cocktails in mind, and mixes well in recipes for: French Martinis, Clover Clubs, and Cosmopolitans.

Latin Secco

Latin Secco Premium Gin is a fresh interpretation of the spirit’s classic tones. Infused with authentic Italian juniper and blended with the water of Mont Blanc, it is inspired by the tradition of Latin culture. The profile is balanced and smooth, allowing for a variety of options for blending in cocktails. Latin Secco is perfect for traditional gin combinations, such as a Vesper Martini, a Sherry Martini or a Negroni.

Latin Beach 

Latin Beach Premium Gin reveals a touch of citrus with each sip. As refreshing as a beautiful summer day at your favorite beach, Latin Beach embodies a tropical escape. The flavor profile includes passion fruit, coconut, papaya, and mango. This taste of ripe fruit transports the consumer to a secluded seaside with each sip. Latin Beach pairs perfectly with other tropical flavors, in cocktails like a punch, tiki creation or a piña colada.

Lost in BarcelonaLatin Gin is currently being distributed throughout Florida through Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to deliver four distinguished expressions — Latin Spice, Latin Lover, Latin Secco and Latin Beach. The premium brand can also be found in Spain and the islands of Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca, and it ships to 45 states in the U.S. via online purchases at www.latingin.com.

For a complete list of stores please visit the website. For additional information and up-to-date news please follow on social media @Latin.Gin 

 

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