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The cocktail maestros are the backbone of our favorite happy hour spots, bars, restaurants, and lounges. Our bartenders not only set the mood for an establishment, they’re also constantly creating new boozy (and non-alcoholic), photo-worthy cocktails for all to enjoy.  

We rounded up some of our most favorite and beloved bartenders, mixologists and bar managers’ most iconic drinks to craft + serve

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Papaya Piña Colada

The iconic Piña Colada holds a special place in Liquor Boss, James MacInnes’ heart. So when curating the world-class beverage menu for Klaw – the newest land and sea concept slated to hit Miami this spring – he curated cocktails that paid homage to the golden era of Miami’s history when the city was referred to as the “American Riviera,” and the Piña Colada was the first that came to mind. 

Inspired by the classic combination of Coco Lopez, pineapple juice, Caribbean rums, and lime juice, Klaw’s rendition strives to stay true to history while bringing complimentary ingredients into the fold. 

Served in the signature “Hurricane Glass” and topped with crushed ice, forgoing the expected blender all together, the Papaya Piña Colada introduces a tropical undertone by way of Papaya fruit. While, originally from Mexico, the Papaya has been adopted by the Magic City. The beauty lies in its simplicity and vintage presentation!

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Moses LaboyGerber Group – Moses Laboy, Corporate Beverage Manager

Some Like It Hot Cocktail

Gerber Group – owner-operator of 7 innovative cocktail bars and restaurants in New York, Washington D.C., and Atlanta – is known for its one-of-a-kind signature cocktails infused with killer flavor and personality. A personal favorite to of Gerber Group’s Corporate Beverage Manager, Moses Laboy, to craft and serve is his very own Some Like It Hot. Adored by all who try it, Some Like It Hot, is a sustainable cocktail crafted using mezcal, fresh jalapeños and rosemary cooked in simple syrup. The jalapeños are then candied via dehydration for cocktail garnish. The spicy beverage is the perfect cocktail to kick or top off the night with.

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Moscow mule

Thompson Playa del Carmen – Argennis Reyes, Bar Tender

Moscow Mule
Thompson Main House is an adults-only urban resort that combines mid-century design, exceptional cuisine led by trendsetting CATCH NYC and modern amenities in a refined boutique hotel experience. The property is recognized for hosting exciting parties at their spacious rooftop and serving up tasty cocktails including the guest-favorite Moscow Mule. Made with vodka, lime juice, homemade natural ginger beer and a few drops of essential oil from a grapefruit peel, Argennis puts a unique spin on a classic cocktail perfect for a poolside afternoon.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

Piano Man

Piano Man

Resort & Spa – Jonathan Egged, Beverage Manager

Piano Man

Surrounded by a landscape of wildflowers, cacti, and the majestic McDowell Mountains, this luxury desert oasis tantalizes tastebuds at their renowned bars and restaurants with cocktails like Piano Man. Abounding flavors consist of house made cinnamon syrup which pairs perfectly with the nutty, dried fruit taste of sherry and the full, hearty flavor of dark rye. Topped off with egg whites for a creamy texture, the Piano Man is a silky, smooth, and unforgettable libation.

Villa La Valencia Beach Resort & Spa – Carlos Valdez Avila

Piloncillo

Los Cabos’ newest luxury resort offers guests a chic vantage point to unwind in the midst of azure Sea of Cortez views, live music and contemporary décor at La Jolla Lobby Bar. Cocktail enthusiasts can request bartender Carlos Valdez Avila’s signature Piloncillo cocktail, which balances sweet and bitter flavors for a soulful flavor profile. The Piloncillo cocktail captures the essence of this staple Mexican ingredient highlighting tasting notes including caramel, rum and smokiness. The boozy libation features whiskey, Amaretto Disaronno (Italian almond liqueur), piloncillo syrup scented with star anise and lemon juice and topped with refreshing lemon and rosemary.

Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort – Lindsay Nakamura

Cocktail: Tropical Mojito

Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort is known for its Tropical Mojito as a fun twist on the traditional cocktail. As a nod to The Aloha State’s love for pineapple, this destination-inspired drink puts the fruit front and center. Its sweetness, along with the lime’s tartness and the mint’s freshness – pulled together with the rum – immediately transport you to Kauai’s turquoise waters.

Pasea Hotel & Spa – Miguel Sandoval

Cocktail: Just Beet It

Pasea Hotel & Spa’s specialty Just Beet It cocktail offers a refreshing twist on your typical poolside libation. The California living-inspired cocktail features high-in-vitamin beets that give a much-needed energy boost after a long day of lounging in the sunshine. Shaking together the beet gum syrup with bourbon and Blanc Vermouth and hazelnut liqueur reveals a sweet and earthy tone that complements strong notes of vanilla, oak and caramel. For a fresh finish, the lemon is squeezed into the strikingly ruby red drink and is strained with a dehydrated lemon that we make in house, ensuring the highest quality.

Mahina & Sun’s at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club – Christian Taibi, Executive Bar Manager

Singapore Sling 

I like to bring liquors, such as a London Dry Gin, out of its comfort zone. This cocktail not only supported the Tiki movement in 1930s, it is a completely unique cocktail when you pair it with Benedictine, cherry liquor and tropical juices. Finish this cocktail with seltzer and lemon oil and it is the ultimate poolside drink with a bright and herbaceous kick.

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Bespoke Mocktail

When guests order a non-alcohol, “bartender’s choice” drink, it shows trust – it also starts conversation. I like to ask the guest a couple of questions before deciding on my mocktail of choice. What is your preferred sweetness level? Do you like carbonation? A Virgin Mojito with muddled up fresh pineapple and basil is always a good choice, or anything that feels like a taste of Hawaii, fresh and yum.

 

Images credits to Klaw, Gerber Group, Merriman’s Hawaii

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We are loving the rising of Mezcal in the US,  the tendency to request Mezcal Margaritas is becoming a new trend. In celebration of National Margarita Day, we decided to teamed up with Mezcal Akul to bring you the top places to enjoy delicious Mezcal Margaritas in the 305.

Mezcal Akul, is an artisanal Mezcal with a modern contemporary approach, 100% Espadin from the northern state of Tamaulipas, created to satisfy a growing audience switching from Tequila to Mezcal both on and off premises. 

Akul has a smooth, full bodied, rich agave flavor, with a light smokey finish that reminds us of the way the agaves are cooked. It pairs well with

With mild citric fruits like lemon, orange or grapefruit. It’s also great with ginger, basil, hibiscus or mint. Get creative when ordering your Mezcal Margarita or just enjoy a classic one.

We invite you to enjoy Mezcal Akul Margaritas in the following venues:

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Bakan

Choose between Tajin or Salt rim for a delicious Akul Mezcal Margarita.  Address: 2801 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

 

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Cantina La Veinte

Offering delicious Mezcal flavors Maragaritas, choose between strawberry, Mango, Passion Fruit, and classic Margaritas. Address: 495 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

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Casa Tua

Find these oasis in he heart of South Beach and join the celebration with unique Cucumber Margaritas. Address: 1700 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Doya

Enjoy Akul Margaritas at the Bar or on the table paired with their wonderful mediterranean food.  A festival of flavors. Address: 347 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127

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Mesamar

Nestled in Coral Gables, Mesamar is the place to go for fresh seafood, the best pairing for fresh Mezcal Margaritas. Address: 264 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

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Tacobox

Recently open in Aventura, Tacobox is highly rated on best Margaritas and great vibes. Address: 18271 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33160

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Tacology

Invite friends to celebrate together at this wonderful and fun Taquerias, serving delicious cocktails and very popular margaritas. Address: 4th Brickell City Centre, 701 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33131

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“Para todo mal mezcal, y para todo bien, tambien” Come enjoy Akul Mezcal at the most authentic Mezcaleria in town, and stay for unforgettable time with friends. Address: 203 NE 82nd Terrace, Miami, FL 33138

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To celebrate National Margarita’s day your way, we bring you some awesome options to raise your glasses and cheers around our dearest city with Casa Centinela’s authentic Tequila. 

The Hacienda Casa Centinela, located in Arandas, Jalisco has been producing its own Tequila since 1904. It honors its origin artisanal process and follows the highest quality standards and values. Casa Centinela also offers a variety of products. For instance, the Clasico Blanco is a classic Tequila with fruity notes and a sweet flavor which makes it ideal for mixing. The Clasico Reposado is a Tequila that maintains the balance between flavor and aroma. This drink undergoes a slow production process in pot stills that give it a vanilla and oak flavor with golden notes and a medium body.

Casa Centinela also has a unique Extra Añejo Tequila specially made for the Mexican Spirit Apasionado. Eterno Cristalino is a 100% extra-aged agave Tequila that uses the best Casa Centinela agaves for its birth, which are aged for more than 36 months in select American white oak barrels. Then, it is carefully filtered to clarify and exalt its aromas and flavors. Eterno Cristalino has a true set of fragrances with a finish of nuts and jasmine. It offers a slightly sweet flavor without saturating the palate, making it preferable to be enjoyed as an aperitif, digestif, or slowly, savoring each sip without haste.

Here are the best places to enjoy each one of their expressions:

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Asiatiko, Aventura.

Choose your classic Margarita made with Clasico Blanco or Reposado. Open from 5:30 pm. 


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Bakan, Wynwood.

Celebrate with Clasico Blanco Margaritas, and your favorite Mexican Dish. Open from 12 pm.

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Doma, Wynwood.

Come for dinner, stay for the Margaritas with Clasico Tequila Blanco. Open from 5:30 pm

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Frontera Cocina. Orlando.

Order any Margartia flavor that you wish with Clasico Blanco at the “Cava del Tequila” inside the Mexican Pavilion, and celebrate with all the Mexican flair. Open from 12 pm. 

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Four Seasons, Surfside.

There’s no better place to enjoy Centinela Eterno Tequila neat, but don’t forget it’s National Margarita Day so shake it up! Open from 5 pm

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La Santa Taqueria, Little River.

Elevate your classic Margarita, ordering yours with Clasico reposado Tequila for an ultimate cocktail experience. Open from 12 pm.

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Mesamar, Coral Gables.

Nothing pairs better than a fresh Margarita with Seafood, and Clasico Reposado. Open from 5 pm 

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Orilla, South Beach.

Orilla is offering a very special signature Margarita created with Clasico Reposado Tequila, Open from 6 pm.

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Taco Box, Aventura.

Recently opened in Aventura, Tacobox offers the most delicious Margaritas and great vibes. Order yours with Clasico Blanco Tequila. Open from 12pm

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Vista, Upper Buena Vista.

Enjoy Vista Signature cocktail “Palorita” Made with grapefruit, lime juice, triple sec, and Clasico Blanco Tequila. Open from 12 pm. 

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Zucca, Coral Gables.

Cheer with style and Eterno Cristalino Margaritas. Open from 12 pm

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Good news, for another year,  Margarita ranked #1 as the most popular cocktail Nationwide, and we have a National Margarita Day to celebrate, which happens to be on a Tequila Tuesday! Here is the list of Margarita specials around our beloved city. 

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Screen Shot 2022 02 16 at 5.35.05 PMPANORAMA MEZCAL MIAMI BEACH POP-UP,  Mezcal, Tequila, Margaritas, Baile, Mexico!

Panorama Mezcal is a blog based in New York dedicated to the Mexican Spirit culture, they have been spreading their love for the agave in different cities and now they are bringing the experience to Miami Beach. Celebrating National Margarita Day, they’ll be presenting Mexican spirits Brand ambassadors as guest bartenders showcasing each a cocktail for the evening featuring their brand. Margaritas and Palomas with the agave spirit of your choice will be available on the menu as part of the event. The participating brands are Akul Mezcal, Cazadores Tequila, Don Fulano Tequila, Ilegal Mezcal, Ojo de Tigre Mezcal, The Lost Explorer Mezcal, Vago Mezcal, Patron Tequila, Volcan Tequila, Cerveza Tulum and Topo Chico.

Where: Hoja Taqueria Miami Beach. 3120 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 inside the Hotel Generator

Time: 8:30pm – 12am

Screen Shot 2022 02 16 at 5.28.19 PMThe Golden Ticket, debuting “The Golden Margarita”

In Honor of National Margarita Day, Nixta, the World’s only corn liqueur, will ne hosting a party at Sweet Liberty. Nixta will be serving The Golden Margarita, the brand’s one-of-a-kind cocktail featuring award-winning Altos Blanco Tequila, hostd by famed bartender Nacho Jimenez and joined by Guest bartender Julieth Ospina and Alli Torres. 

 

 

 

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South Florida’s iconic taco joint and lounge kicks off National Margarita Day with $2 Frozen Margaritas and $22 Margarita pitchers starting at 11:30AM through 6PM! Then, in the evening, dance the night away at Bodega’s speakeasy-style lounge and enjoy a specially curated Don Julio cocktail menu from 6PM to close. Additionally, Bodega will be offering $9 classic Margaritas, $10 Spicy Margaritas and $10 Tequila Old Fashioned drinks all day long.

Address: 

  • South Beach | 1220 16th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • Fort Lauderdale | 21 W Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
  • Aventura | 19129 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180
  • West Palm Beach | 118 S Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

CAFE LA TROVA

Cafe La Trova will be offering Happy Hour pricing ($7) starting at 4PM all night long on Tommy’s Margarita and Margarita Picosa.

Address: 971 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130

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With its endless blue ocean and a colorful, casually sophisticated décor, Cantina Beach is the perfect backdrop for National Margarita Day. Enjoy $5 tacos and $5 margaritas all day from 11AM to 9PM at the seaside oasis. Cantina Beach is located poolside at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami at 455  

Grand Bay Drive. Telephone: (305) 365-4500
 
 
 
La Cañita Interior photo by Michael PisarriLA CAÑITA

La Cañita is the latest Caribbean-Latin American concept-driven restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein and partner David Martinez, located in Bayside Marketplace. With spectacular waterfront views of Miami and live music curated throughout the week, La Cañita is certainly the place to be for big bold flavors, fun specialty cocktails, and the overall quintessential Miami experience!  To celebrate National Margarita Day, La Canita will be serving up the Tommy’s Margarita ($13/$45 pitcher) with Milagro Silver, lime, and agave.  

Address: Bayside Marketplace 401 Biscayne Blvd. 2nd floor, Miami, FL 33132

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IMG 1684LEKU is an award-winning concept known for bringing the pleasures of eating in Spain’s enchanting Côte Basque to Miami. Located within the notable Rubell Museum in the bustling Allapattah neighborhood, LEKU was recently recognized by Bloomberg as one of the best new restaurants in Miami and lauded as the winner for best new fine dining restaurant in Miami as part of the 2021 Eater Awards. In honor of National Margarita, LEKU will be showcasing their Gitana cocktail ($16), a variation of a margarita with Pimentón de la Vera infused Milagro Blanco tequila, lime, agave, and spiced salt. 

Address: 1100 NW 23rd Street, Miami, FL 33127

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Chef Alain Verzeroli’s Design District restaurant will be offering a special Margarita lineup in celebration of National Margarita Day. Created by Beverage Director Juan Carlos Santana and team, the line up includes three Margaritas that will be available from February 10 through the end of the month, allowing guests to enjoy and imbibe for more than just one day. Priced at $17 each, the cocktails include Fantage with tequila blanco & chile-infused Mezcal, ginger, mandarins and black salt; Doña Roz with tequila blanco, mamey, toasted rice, lime and agave; and Clarita with tequila reposado, lime and agave. Le Jardinier is located at 151 NE 41st Street, Suite 135 in the Miami Design District’s Paradise Plaza. www.lejardinier-miami.com

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There’s no better place to celebrate National Margarita Day than at Lona Cocina & Tequileria, Fort Lauderdale’s Mexican hotspot known for its extensive Tequila selection and breathtaking views of the ocean. On Tuesday, February 22nd from 11:30AM to 1AM, Lona is featuring a specialty Triple Berry Margarita all-day for $12. In addition, guests can enjoy Lona’s lively Tacos & Tequila Tuesday from 3PM to 7PM and indulge in $5 tacos and $5 Lona Margaritas oceanside. Reservations can be made online on OpenTable. Lona is located at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort at 321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. Discounted valet is available. www.lonarestaurant.com; Telephone: (954) 245-3069.

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Immerse on a three-day event featuring over 30 Rosé varietals from around the world on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach this upcoming January 21- 23, 2022. 

For its second year, the annual Seaglass⎮The Fort Lauderdale Rosé Experience presented by The Seaglass group together with Autonation & Mercedez-Benz, The Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort, and Visit Lauderdale, will showcase the best in wine, spirits, craft beer, food pairings from celebrity chefs including Chef José Mendín (Pubelly), Chef Paula DaSilva (Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale), Chef Taek Lee (Takato), Steve Martorano (Café Martorano, while enjoying amazing Live Music on a beautiful scenery. 

music seaglass“Seaglass captures the essence of Greater Fort Lauderdale with its irresistible feet-in-the-sand, rosé-in-hand vibe. It provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors to meet and mingle with members of our very diverse and eclectic local community.” – Stacy Ritter, President and CEO of Visit Lauderdale. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit AutoNation’s DRV PNK cancer research & treatment initiative, which, to date, has raised more than $35 million for cancer research and treatment in South Florida. In taking sustainable measures, Seaglass organizers are making the best efforts to mitigate its impact on the environment by supporting environmental clean-ups and ocean conservation.

“Fort Lauderdale Beach has always been a special place for me, and the Seaglass team recognizes the importance of preserving its beauty for years to come. As a conservationist, I’m proud to be part of an eco-conscious event.” – Steve Hudson, Chairman, and CEO of Hudson Capital Group. “

We can’t wait to dress pink and enjoy this year line-up of Rosé and wine such as Bodvar, Bottega Rosé, Channé Rosé, Clar the lune, Cotes de Femme Rosé, Dark Horse Rosé, Fleur De Mer Rosé, Hampton Water, J Vinyards Brut Rosé, La Fête du Rosé, LaMarca Rosé, Maison #9 Rosé,  Nicolas Feuillate, , Pink Flamingo Rosé, Pommery Champagne, Shooters Rosé, Syltbar Rosé, Tenuta Gorghi Tondi Rosato, The Palm Wölffer Estate Rosé, Whispering Angel Rosé and spirits like Bacardi Rum, Codigo Tequila, Florida Komos Tequila, Miami Cocktail Company, and Ojo del Sol Tequila, among others.

RoseOnIceTickets for Seaglass Rosé Experience start at $99 for the main event with pricing up to $5,000 for guests seeking further exclusivity in one of 20 VIP Cabanas, which come complete with dedicated butler service. 

WHERE: On the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach directly across from the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort (505 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL)

WHEN: January 21st, 22nd & 23rd, 2022

  • Friday, January 21: 6:00pm (VIP) | 7pm-10pm Seaglass After Dark
  • Saturday, January 22: 11:00am (VIP) | 12pm-3pm Main Event
  • Saturday, January 22: 7:00pm- 11:00pm – SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday, January 23: 12:00pm (VIP) | 1pm – 4pm Main Event

WEBSITE: https://seaglassexperience.com

SOCIAL: @SeaglassExperience

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Miami was abuzz as NOBLEMAN hosted a VIP Art Basel kick-off party at Madonna’s former waterfront mansion. Perfect weather, incredible music, and truly unbeatable surroundings were the ideal backdrop for this unforgettable evening. 

For the very first installment of NOBLEMAN at Art Basel, a magical night was certainly in store. Incredible cocktails, gorgeous jewelry, and an oceanfront bar were all welcome additions to this incredible event. With the extraordinary estate provided by the Compass and Assouline team, Madonna’s former mansion was the perfect place to host this luxurious gathering. The luxe surroundings were enjoyed by all as guests were welcomed with a special glass of Armand de Brignac Brut Gold and Rose champagnes.

NOBLEMAN VIPs explored the beautiful outdoor setting and were treated to the addition of Bar Monte by Amaro Montenegro, a luxe mobile bar serving delicious craft cocktails, mimicking the simplicity of Italian bar culture with cafe-like seating and creative cocktails by Award-winning Bartender Julio Cabrera. The bar will be slinging Amaro Montenegro cocktails like the Monterita and Montenegroni or classics like the Monte & Tonic or on the rocks with a twist.  Glittering displays by Chopard drew the eyes of everyone, as guests got an up-close look at some truly incredible watches and jewels, and drinks featuring Beluga Vodka were a hit.

Guests enjoyed the water views and beautiful weather as they were treated to incredible tastings of Tequila Clase Azul. Small bites, wonderful conversation, beautiful floral arrangements by Venus et Fleur, and great music came together to make this Miami night one to remember. In true NOBLEMAN fashion, this was an evening of laughter and luxury. 

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Words by Emma Ungaro | Photos by Corbin Ballard | Video by Josh Adams

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The team behind Downtown Miami’s beloved neighborhood bar Lost Boy, welcomes their first restaurant, Tropezón, an Andalusian gin and tapas restaurant and bar which recently opened on December 14, 2021, at 512 Espanola Way located next door to Esmé Miami Beach hotel. Tucked away in the Mediterranean-like corridors of South Beach’s historic street, co-founders Randy Alonso and Chris Hudnall of growing hospitality brand Lost Boy & Co., welcome the funky new spot serving up Spanish-inspired tapas, gin-forward cocktails, and much more.

Tropezón, which means “to stumble” in Spanish, takes inspiration from namesake Spanish village bars where old men play afternoon cards, and women converse over sips of Sherry. Now open for dinner and late-night drinking, the charming indoor-outdoor dining space offers a cozy, old-world vibe that welcomes neighbors, travelers, and locals eager for Spanish comfort, signature tapas, and an insanely good gin program.

Tropezon1728“We are thrilled to welcome another concept to our regulars and loyal customer base from Lost Boy. We aim to bring the same community feels we built in Downtown to Española Way, an area that is quickly transforming into a versatile destination. With the opening of Tropezón, we aim to offer a new local spot where you can stumble in for tapas and sherry, a weekday Gin & Tonic, or a late-night dinner with friends,” says co-owner Chris Hudnall. “The goal for us is to embrace the traditions of Spain, specifically of the Andalusian region, where tapas culture is still celebrated today. We want to introduce this culture to our guests and give them a sense of what dining in Andalucía is like,” adds co-owner Randy Alonso.

Paying homage to the pueblos in Spain, the bar celebrates its love for gin with a wide depth of gin infusions, taking the beverage program to the next level. Guests can choose from a collection of more than 20 variations infused with tea, fruits, nuts, and even cured meats. The Gin & Tonic section of the menu features unique variations that serve as great refreshments for Miami’s warm climate. G&T’s such as Blue Matcha Yuzu, and Local Strawberry are soon-to-be favorites alongside updated classics like Vermut and Rose Sangria and Gin Martinis. Imbibers will also look forward to the bar’s extensive list of Sherry, Vermouth, and selection of classic Spanish cocktails done right.

Tropezón, located at 512 Española Way, is now open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and until 2 a.m. on Friday & Saturday with the kitchen open until 10 p.m. nightly. The restaurant has plans to launch breakfast, happy hour, and a late-night tapas menu soon. For more information, please call (305) 763-8523 or visit www.TropezónMiami.com. Follow on social media @Tropezónmiami

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AXIA – one of the most unique spirits from Greece – made its official first introduction to the city of Miami through a private Expert VIP Event at Spanglish Craft Cocktail Bar + Kitchen. The event hosted some of the most coveted and talented mixologists in the city, and they were able to dive into an immersive experience where the breezes of the Mediterranean were brought to life through captivating scenery, aromas, and sounds, inspired by the Greek culture.

In this Expert VIP Event, bartenders, mixologists, and industry tastemakers were able to experiment with Axia’s uniqueness. Not only were they able to enjoy three-course AXIA-infused meals accompanied by signature Mastiha cocktails created by Hector Acevedo and his team, but they were also introduced to the AXIA Mixology Bar – an AXIA-world-inspired bar where they were able to unveil their creativity and create their own cocktails using AXIA.

Axia is an elegant, extra dry spirit distilled from the aromatic resin of the Mastiha tree, a gnarled and twisted evergreen found clutching to the hillsides of Chios, Greece. Revered for its natural flavors and beauty, this resin has incited jealousy and warfare. It’s even been used as a snakebite anti-venom – a potent elixir from which our spirit has been inspired.

We are creating a new spirit category with this product. If you think of Axia, is a based spirit that can be mixed with anything like Gin, Vodka, or Tequila. That’s the uniqueness of the product” Says Axia’s spirit CEO Tony Chvala.  Axia keeps the unique characteristics of Mastiha, but with additional velvety flavors notes of bergamot and cypress, and a fragrant rose aroma. “We are in the Premium category, we love creating events, and experiences like this one to introduce the brand and the Mastiha, in the US” Added Tony.

All those who participated in the AXIA Mixology bar were part of a special competition where winners were up to the chance of winning an AXIA bundle valued at $1,500.

The winners of the competition were Giorgia Crea – Known for being the National Champion of the Great Bartender Competition for “The World Class Bartender of The Year” Award and Christian Delpech, who is also a 19-time Bartending Flaring World Champion 

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Need somewhere exciting to go for the holidays? Miami’s got the hottest holiday happenings for celebrating Christmas and New Year’s like a pro. From delectably crafted dinners, incredible, upscale entertainment, and thrilling festive atmospheres, these parties would be a shame to miss. With South Florida as their backdrop, each party brings an inimitable charm, sophistication, and jubilation bar none. Not to mention that each venue invites attendees to a night full of live and local music, diverse cuisine, and impressive holiday sights. Bring family, friends, partners, and spouses to these gorgeous venues for memorable festivities that take place all across Miami-Dade County and even in West Palm Beach. 

With so many options for the holiday, celebrating Christmas in Miami just became easy. 

LEKU

LEKU INTERIOR x Photo Credit LEKUWithin Miami’s Rubell Museum, come dine and celebrate Christmas Eve in Spain’s enchanting Côte Basque to make the holiday both magical and memorable. Featuring ingenious cuisine that complement its Basque roots, LEKU adheres to seasonal local ingredients and cooking methods based on longstanding techniques. Leku’s festive specials include: Guinea Asada, Salsa Citrica, Lenteja Beluga, Encurtidos de Cebolla y Manzana ($36) roasted guinea hen with citrus sauce, beluga lentils and pickled onion and apple; and Goxua Tradicional ($16), a typical Basque dessert cake with meringue and caramelized custard. 

Welcome the new year experiencing Leku’s a la carte menu or Chef Mikel’s Signature New Year’s Eve 4-Course Menu ($200.00++). The meal is available as part of their special dinner seatings at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Enjoy an amuse-bouche of Arbol Vasco iced “olives,” Basque vermouth; followed by a first course featuring Ensaladilla Rusa con Kaluga Caviar, Basque potato salad, tuna, egg, house-cured salmon and Kaluga Caviar; the second course of Royal De Foie Gras, Foie Gras Royal, Pedro Ximenez reduction; followed by Bogavante Asado a la Lena, wood oven-roasted Maine lobster, fine herbs; and a final course option of Magret de Pato al Josper, duck breast cooked over coals, cabbage kimchi or Cochinillo Confitado, suckling pig confit, pan jus reduction, apple compote.  For dessert, indulge in a fine selection of Chef Mikel’s favorite desserts. Be sure to make reservations at Address: 1100 NW 23rd Street, Miami 33127

Reservations:  https://www.sevenrooms.com/reservations/lekumiami   

LA MAR 

miami 2014 fine dining la mar terrace 04In Downtown Miami, guests may delight themselves with a Christmas Eve dining experience at LA MAR BY GASTON ACURIO. At La Mar, there is a traditional Peruvian-inspired holiday cuisine by Executive Chef Diego Oka. Guests may awaken their taste buds with a family-style fried turkey feast and a luxurious buffet featuring: Seafood rice, scallop, and pan con chicharron live stations. There will also be Anticucho grilled favorites such as Anticucho de corazón, Anticucho de pollo, and Anticucho shrimp. The good eats continue with quinoa salad, pasta salad, whole fish Nikkei, ají de gallina empanadas, potato and choclo, grilled corn, and asparagus. While enjoying beautiful Biscayne Bay and the stunning city skyline, patrons are also invited to sip on an array of cocktails. $165.00++ per person for guests that are 21 and over for a two-hour dinner experience with a selection of cocktails; $95.00++ per person for ages 7- 20.

La Mar also offers a fantastic venue to ring in 2022. On New Year’s Eve, there will be two seatings available from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for $190.00++ per person for 21 and over. This offer includes one bottle of prosecco per couple. There is also an offer for $145.00++ per person for ages 7- 20. From 9:30 p.m to midnight, the price increases to $420.00++ per person for 21 and over. This incredible offer includes one bottle of Taittinger per couple and a selection of cocktails. There is a second option for $685.00++ per person for 21 and over which includes a seafood display and one bottle of Moët Rosé per couple, front row seating by the rail, and a selection of cocktails. Finally, there is an offer for $190.00++ per person for ages 7-20.

Address: 500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131

Reservations:  https://www.sevenrooms.com/reservations/lamarmomia 

MAREVA 1939

Mareva 1939 x Steamed MusselsIn Miami Beach, Mareva 1939 will also kick off their holiday dining experience with a Christmas Eve Dinner. The experience features a family-style menu at $80.00++ per person. The menu’s highlights include Spanish Cheese Platter; Pan Con Tomate; Baby Kale, Valdeon Cheese, Pear, Marcona Almonds, Sherry Vinaigrette; Spanish Octopus, Potato Cream, Smoked Paprika, Arbequina Olive Oil; Patatas Bravas; and Honey-Spiced Duck Breast.

Return to Mareva 1939 the following day for the Christmas Day Brunch. The brunch contains an a la carte menu served from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This menu boasts tasty tapas and other delicious breakfast items such as huevos rotos and 3 eggs omelet, Artichoke & Mushroom Paella, Braised Short Ribs, and Rib Eye with Sangria Pitchers and Unlimited Mimosa, Chismosa and Bloody Mary options. Make reservations on OpenTable to secure a spot before they fill up.

On New Year’s Eve, Mareva 1939 is throwing a festive dinner party with a prix fixe menu at $185.00 per person including a Moët & Chandon® Champagne Toast. There will be two seatings: the first is from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and the second is from 11:00 p.m. to close. Check out Mareva 1939’s menus: HERE. Guests who dine for New Year’s Eve will have access to the pool area for an after-hours party. Make reservations by calling the restaurant at 305-532-2311 or by emailing dmbarrero@nationalhotel.com.

MILA RESTAURANT

Jeju island Hirame dill Mustard seed Fig vinegar Caviar3 1In South Beach, MILA Restaurant is offering a remarkable dish that represents their “MediterrAsian” concept. They will serve “Hirame” which is the Japanese term for Summer Flounder. Mila imports hirame from the volcanic South Korean island of Jeju. Chefs flavor the dish with dill, mustard seed, and fig vinegar for a perfect balance of flavor, freshness, and finesse. Topped with fish eggs and bright edible flowers, The Hirame is as physically stunning as it is scrumptious. 

To ring in the new year, MILA, located in the heart of South Beach, is offering a two-hour dining experience “izakaya” style. This means that the dishes are meant to be shared amongst the table. In their unique and tantalizing cuisine, the MILA team introduces the bold signature flavors of the Mediterranean and Japanese culture, including premium wagyu, black rock lava grilled prime filet, beef short rib ‘kalbi’, foie gras and uni diver scallops, shawarma spiced wagyu gyoza, MediterrAsian makis and more. Their New Year’s Eve first seating between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. will be offered at $250.00 indoors for a prix fixe menu and $300.00 outdoors. For those eager to countdown to 2022 at MILA, a second seating will be available from 9:00 p.m. through the end of the night for $450.00 inside and the addition of a $350.00 beverage minimum outside.

ESTIATORIO ORNOS

ORNOSMIA 7In Aventura, the Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant brings Greece to Sunny South Florida. This Christmas Eve, the award-winning MINA Group will offer a spectacular five-course menu for $89.00++ per person. Ornos will not only transport guests to the Mediterranean, but also the wonderful restaurant staff creates a genuine, hospitable environment that makes guests feel welcomed and comfortable. It is recommended that guests begin their Ornos dining experience with the iconic Ornos tasting of spreads. The spreads include tzatziki, taramasalata, tirokafteri, melitzanosalata, and hummus, followed by a choice of seafood or pumpkin soup. The next course will include an option of salads followed by the main of filet mignon kebab, black bass, or classic roasted leg of lamb. Lastly, guests may treat themselves to a Walnut Baklava or Crema Sokolata.  For special events this holiday season, guests may also book Ornos’ private dining room with a pre-fixe menu at $60.00++ per person. This private dining opportunity seats up to 35 guests. Want Ornos all to yourself? Catering is available for any at-home or venue parties as well. To book at any time, interested parties should fill out an event request.

TUR KITCHEN

TUR KITCHEN INTERIORS6In Coral Gables, Tur Kitchen invites guests to enjoy dinner with the entire family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On both days, guests will be able to get their hands on Tur’s new Winter menu and featured specials from 6 p.m.-11: 00 p.m. In addition to a la carte items, Chef Christian Chirino will be offering a seven-course tasting menu for $145.00++ per person. Guests may spice up their experience by taking advantage of the option to add on a Sommelier Wine Pairing ($95). Check out the full menu: https://www.turkitchen.com/dinner.

For New Year’s Eve at Tur Kitchen, guests may select from two seating options: 6:00 p.m. ($125.00++ per person) and 9:00 p.m. which includes a complimentary glass of Champagne for $175.00++ per person. For those looking to add some style to their meal, the four-course prix fixe menu features optional upgrades like caviar and libations pairings. Menu highlights include dishes like Bluefin tuna tartare; Lobster with roasted heirloom tomato and vanilla, shaved lime, fennel, and green olive jus; Duck magret, fig balsamic, asparagus, carrots, and pistacho; Filet mignon, Butternut squash pure, Black truffle, purple potato and purple kohlrabi; and Blackberry tart with fior di latte, orange blossom, and basil. For additional information, contact Tur at 786-483-8014. 

FIOLA

fiola miami 0482Hungry for more options in Coral Gables? Fiola Miami is also available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Fiola Miami is Fabio Trabocchi’s first restaurant venture outside of Washington D.C. It also marks Michelin-starred Fiola’s second location. 

On Christmas Eve, there will be a special Feast of the Seven Fishes in honor of an Italian-inspired holiday dinner with five courses plus dessert. This dining experience is $165.00++ per person. Check out the full menu: https://www.fiolamiami.com/christmas-eve-dinner and note that there are also Vegetarian options available. 

On Christmas Day,  there will be an a la carte menu available plus specials. The menu includes DELMONICO STEAK WELLINGTON with Foie gras, black trumpet mushrooms, and Prosciutto San Daniele; PEPPERCORN CRUSTED WAGYU TOMAHAWK with Porcini-Armagnac Sauce and Horseradish Crema; CORNISH HEN with Fregola Alla Trapanese, Charred Tomatoes, Kumquats, and Almonds; and BRUSSELS SPROUTS with Pancetta, Maple Syrup, and Chestnuts.

For New Year’s Eve at Fiola, two seatings will be available. The seatings include five courses plus dessert. First Seating: $175.00++ per person; Second Seating: $275.00++ per person and includes an optional Caviar upgrade available for $125.00++ per person Check out the menu and https://www.fiolamiami.com/new-years-eve not that there is a Vegetarian menu available. For additional questions, contact Fiola at 305-912-2639. Make reservations on  OpenTable.

MR CHOW

MR CHOW MiamiMr. Chow in Miami Beach is ready to pull out all the stops.  This upscale, elegant restaurant boasts authentic Beijing fare and has put together an exclusive three-course menu to celebrate 2022’s Year of the Tiger. At MR CHOW, enjoy fine delicacies like Chicken Satay, Duck Mignon, Live Lobster, and Pork Zebra Dumplings. Live DJ, balloons, and other novelties are also set to create a sense of revelry and establish a celebratory atmosphere for the new year to come. Priced at $225.00 and $400.00 per guest for the first and second seating, respectively, a complimentary bottle of wine comes with each dinner. With the perfect combination of art, fashion, music, and cuisine, it is clear why all kinds of guests flock to MR CHOW for the cuisine and ambiance that always delivers.

LOS FELIX AND KRUS KITCHEN

210730 KRUS 1420In Coconut Grove, spend New Year’s Eve at Los Felix and Krüs Kitchen. Coconut Grove’s newest and hottest sister eateries Los Felix and Krüs Kitchen feature a special prix fixe menu crafted from co-founder Chef Sebastián Vargas. Prices start at $175.00 per person. The event will have live music until 1:00 a.m., and a specialty natural wine pairing list – for an additional cost – to toast to the new year. For reservations and more information, click here.  

BUYA IZAKAYA + YAKITORI

2020.11.14.FoodShootsdan.BUYA .foodsaturnight.WR 50Created from a partnership by Buya Ramen and KYU original creators, Lewis and Haigh; Buya Izakaya + Yakitori is a casual Japanese eatery that has been open since the Fall of 2020. The Wynwood venue is serving up something particularly special for New Year’s Eve. Guests are invited to dine and enjoy shareable dishes like the famous Tempura Beech Mushroom. Guests may also immerse themselves in Buya’s boozy, social atmosphere adorned with trinkets and a hand-painted graffiti mural while taking advantage of the pre-NYE party menu. With sake and cocktail ninjas available, Buya is the perfect spot to inspire a fun night of bar hopping and celebration. 

HOTEL AKA BRICKELL

Hotel AKA Brickell Exterior EDITED 2021Last but certainly not least, Hotel AKA Brickell is welcoming guests for nightly or week-long stays at the all-glass tower overlooking Miami’s financial district. Formerly known as the Conrad Hotel, this urban retreat will offer locals and hotel guests a New Year’s Eve activation including an open bar package and live music with a DJ.  The activation also features a special dinner menu and package by the exquisite Nativo Kitchen + Bar, including a bottle of champagne or wine. The year-end celebration will be held at the property’s private event space with mesmerizing water views that will showcase the spectacular fireworks at midnight. For bookings and more information, check out https://www.stayaka.com/hotel-aka-brickell.   

COTE MIAMI

New Years Eve x Photo Credit Gary HeGet lit this New Year’s Eve with COTE Miami!  Experience the enhanced New Year Special menu including the Trio of Treasures from the Sea with Bluefin tuna, caviar tartare, ice-chilled oysters, Argentinian prawns.  Plus stay and enjoy an exclusive afterparty with DJ entertainment as part of the second dinner seating from 11 p.m.- 1 a.m. ($295 per person ++). Order from the bar or snag an open bar bracelet (additional $200 pp) ensuring partygoers receive free flowing champagne and house spirits during the afterparty hours.  For those interested in simply attending the afterparty from 11 a.m.-1 am., open bar bracelets will also be available for purchase. 

Alternatively, experience the first dinner seating from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. including the New Year Special ($225 pp ++) a celebratory feast featuring Gogi Cha “Butcher’s Tea” – consomme from American wagyu brisket; “Steak & Eggs,” hand cut filet mignon tartare, Golden Ossetra caviar, milk toast; Butcher’s Celebration including filet, dry-aged ribeye, American Wagyu sirloin, American Wagyu cote, A5 Wagyu ribeye, grand cru galbi; Longevity Noodle with pocket of good luck; and Soft Serve with soy sauce caramel. Address: 3900 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, 33137 Phone: 305-434-4668

REDFISH BY CHEF ADRIANNE

REDFISH EXTERIOR AERIALToast the New Year at this exclusive event and indulge along the waterfront with champagne, dinner, and an unforgettable evening. The prix fixe menu ($225 per person ++) includes: Two (2) Champagne Glasses Per Person; First Course: Asparagus Bisque, Grated Parmesan, White Truffle Oil; Second Course: 

Salmon Tartare Wonton Tacos, Avocado, Mango, Cilantro Aioli; Third Course: Surf and Turf-Prime Hanger with Grilled Colossal Shrimp Carrot Purée Scampi Butter, Sauce Bordelaise; and Fourth Course:

Chocolate Mousse Cake or White Chocolate Tres Leches Bread Pudding.

Link to reservations: https://www.sevenrooms.com/events/redfishbychefadrianne

Address: 9610 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL 33156

CASA MARIANO

Casa Mariano INTERIOR PHOTO CREDIT MICHAEL PISARRI5Chef Mariano Araya is celebrating his first New Year’s Eve in his new Doral concept with a prix fixe menu ($140 person ++) menu replete with his signature dishes. Appetizers: Conchitas Parmesana Crispy Guanciale Fresh Chives; Beet Tartare Port Marinated Cranberries, Straciatella and  Truffle Pesto; and Lamb Baklava with Honey-Orange Glazed Toasted Pistachios. Main Course: Lobster Ravioli in a Bisque Sauce with Radish and Parmesan; Seabass with Fennel Pollen, Roasted Cauliflower Puree, Sauteed Kale, and Chanterelles; 8-oz Center Cut Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Terrine and  Tarragon Smoked Butter. Desserts: Strawberry Pavlova with Port Sabayon or Chocolate Tart with Manjari Ganache, Tropical Fruit Brunoise, and Gianduja. Also included are a choice of unlimited pours of Cava, or house red or white wine. Two seatings will be available at 7PM and 9:30PM. Address: 8200 NW 27th St, Suite 106, Doral, FL 33128 Telephone: 305-392-0507

TIPSY FLAMINGO

tipsyNYERing in 2022 at Miami’s coolest new downtown bar. Tipsy Flamingo in downtown is offering a super affordable option with a guaranteed great time: General Admission tickets are $20 and include 2 complimentary drinks, as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight for everyone. 

Additional drink packages include:

  • $50 4 Hour Open Bar (+ $10 service charge)
  • $75 4 Hour Premium Open Bar (+$15 service charge)
  • Table and Bottle Packages (details coming soon!)

Doors open at 5 PM but the party begins at 8 PM. Early arrival is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Ticket info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tipsy-22-new-years-eve-party-at-tipsy-flamingo-tickets-222151339637

 

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Maestro Ronero Nelsón Hernandez shares more than his love for rum. He also shares his strong devotion for his country, his culture, and his community. “Expertise, patience, and passion are necessary to be a Master Ronero,” shared Nelsón. “because the important thing is not to do what you love, but to love what you do.” Nelsón’s commitment to be the image of his whole team, fills him with pride to represent those grains of sand that each team member contributes to the final product. Together, they all shine. 

Nelsón Hernandez, in addition to being passionate about distillation, and having immense pride in his work and team, also stands out in his role as an educator. He teaches how rum is prepared in different parts of the world and shares his passion for his craft and his product. “It is not just selling products. We sell Brand-Country, name, values, idiosyncrasy…” said Nelsón.

Diplomatico 12Nelsón went on to explain, “Our business model is closeness. It is familiarity. It is direct contact. We like to be known. To be seated at this table and show who we are.”

Passion is one of the biggest values that ​​he shares with all those who meet him. Despite having had only fifteen years on the market, Diplomático Rum has been within the top 10 international TRIM Magazine for seven years. The International TRIM Magazine selects 50 bars in the world and the 10 best brands with the most impressive sales and trends. “Being there among companies with great experience makes us wonder how we got there,” said Nelsón. “It is because of the quality of our product and our business power.”

Before Nelsón became Diplomático Rum’s Maestro Ronero, he was a mechanical engineer. In 1979, his first professional experience was in the oil industry.  Then, an opportunity arose for him in his hometown. A distiller needed someone to take care of the plant’s total maintenance. He applied for the job and was selected to run the plant. 

“When you work in the maintenance area, you need to know all the processes and equipment involved in the process,” explained Nelsón. 

At the time of Nelsón’s employment, Sigra, the number one Canadian company in the world, served as the founding member of the distillery. The strict quality control that characterized each step in the process impressed Nestor. He began to get involved with distillate, learning about distillates.

In 2002, a new administration took over the distillery and strengthened quality control. The new owners already had experience in the alcoholic beverage industry. Under the steady helm of the new management, the distillery became Destilerias Unidas, SA (DUSA). Today, the company has nine top-of-the-line products. DUSA became a 100% family-owned and 100% national company that opened many doors by leading with heart, compassion, and dedication.

From raw materials to bottling, everything at DUSA is made in-house. The company is a factory in which a family is a team. Within this family, all medical service is free, including medicines. There is a free dining room. There is free transportation. DUSA provides direct support to the community with medicine, transportation, and environmental education. Although Venezuela has its difficulties, DUSA considers the well-being of the family, and that makes them different from their competitors.

We asked Nelsón about the history of Diplomático Rum, and his main inspiration Don Juancho. “Don Juancho was a successful nobleman among the sugar cane world. He was born in Vzla and the son of Spanish parents. He was a Mantuano. He supported the development of the community and he loved to travel. He was also famously a lover of rum and when he arrived he shared his favorite alcohol with his friends.”

The name “Diplomático Rum” comes from the fact that people remarked that “Juancho travels so much that he looks like a diplomat.” Don Juancho had a very exclusive reserve at his house and people always commented about his legacy and how he has been a positive influence. The name Planas represents how Don Juancho helped in the development of the Planas region. Don Juancho is a significant part of Diplomático Rum’s philosophy.

You can visit https://rondiplomatico.com/ to learn more about their products. 

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