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Florida-based company Tropical Distillers, is thrilled to announce that Devin Walden has been named Master Distiller and will be overseeing and handling the small batch production process of all J.F. Haden’s Craft Liqueurs at their new distillery opening in December 2021.  “Devin, being a Kentucky native, brings a deep knowledge of distillery history and unparalleled talent to J.F. Haden’s and we are honored to have her on board,” says Tropical Distillers CEO, Buzzy Sklar.  Walden brings her unmatched knowledge of the spirits industry, passion and expert skill set from Lexington, Kentucky where she was born and raised and served as the first female distillery operator for Woodford Reserve.  Before relocating to South Florida, she gained her extensive knowledge for all spirits by leading and supervising the spirits department for Total Wine & More. 

The Tropical Distillers, a 10,000 sq. ft. distillery in the heart of Miami, offers in its brand portfolio, a first-of-its-kind, small batch mango liqueur made from all-natural home-grown Florida mangoes without preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, and they just released their second spirit, J.F. Haden’s Citrus Liqueur in fall 2021.

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I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be part of such an amazing team here at Tropical Distillers who allow me to expand my horizons and express my creativity. I’m confident that we will create unique and innovative products unlike anything found in the market today,” says Walden. Walden’s impressive career ranges from bartending to bottling & distilling, to sales and production.  Devin’s diverse work experience in the spirits industry helps her to take on this new role as it’s given her a much deeper understanding of what consumers are looking for in products as well as what it takes for those products to be successful in the market. “Having all these skills is essential when it comes to considering the creation of new products and how they should be made and packaged,” says Walden.

Tropical Distillers ensures the highest quality and guarantees peak flavors for all their craft liqueurs resulting in a fresher tasting cocktail by using a small batching process.  What also sets J.F. Haden’s Craft Liqueurs apart is that it mixes perfectly with any base alcohol and has a shelf life of two years.  Each bottle features its own unique batch and bottle number.  J.F. Haden’s Citrus Liqueurs expand over a wide range of flavor profiles pairing well with everything from sangria to tequila.

For more information on J.F. Haden’s Craft Liqueurs please visit https://jfhadens.com/ or check us out on Instagram @jfhadenscraftliqueurs and @tropicaldistillers

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Who doesn’t like a healthy dose of competition? 

 Last week, Woodford Reserve and Herradura Tequila sponsored Battle Bar TV’s thrilling Season 1 Finale. Andrew Lue, an award-winning mixologist, bar consultant, and local influencer founded Bar Battle TV. Bar Battle TV is the first Bartending Competition show of its kind and thrives off bartenders whose personalities, expertise, and competitiveness easily shine for a global audience. Woodford Reserve and Herradura Tequila’s sponsorship was an integral part of the event’s success. The brands’ participation arose due to a deep respect for what Battle Bar TV represents.  

“Bar Battle showcases the talent and ingenuity of our local trade members under pressure,” said Woodford Reserve Brand Ambassador Natalia Cardenas. “Woodford Reserve and Herradura Tequila were honored to be the presenting sponsors of the Inaugural Season Finale.”

Woodford Reserve and Herradura Tequila gave the competition show an opportunity to stand out and promote fun, excitement, and community. The finale took place at Oasis in Wynwood and there were over eighty guests who attended the exhilarating trade-focused, head-to-head cocktail competition.  Although brands from all over the world sponsor Bar Battle TV, the first season of the competition was set against the backdrop of Miami. Last Monday’s event gave the best of the best bartenders a chance to claim not only glory but also a Bar TV 2021 Champion belt, a cash prize, and a bottle of Herradura Tequila. 

 The event included a thrilling competition, an exuberant crowd, and a performance by a phenomenal musical artist. Orilla Bartender Rodrigo Tubert and Lido Restaurant &  Champagne Bar Bartender Derek Stilmann competed for the title of Champion Mixologist. Los Angeles’ very own Ilan Hall, a celebrity chef and winner of Top Chef Season 2, served as the event’s guest judge. With only 45 minutes at their disposal, the two competitors used Woodford Reserve and Herradura Tequila brands to create three innovative and creative cocktails using secret ingredients. The two bartenders created their cocktails with style, flair, and showmanship.

Laughing, cheering, and staring nervously, the crowd could not get enough of them. Both competitors put up a valiant effort. However, it was Derek Stilmann who was suited for success. Stilmann took home the Champion belt while Rodrigo Tubert took home an inscribed bottle of Woodford Reserve’s, losing has never tasted so good.  

The night’s festivities did not end with the competition. Woodford Reserve and Herradura Tequila also provided an educational alcohol station that featured free samples as well as cocktails and bottle service for sale. Walshy Fire, a Grammy-winning artist and member of the musical trio Major Lazer, gave an unforgettable live performance. 

If the finale is any indication, the first season of Bar Battle TV’s success stems from Lue’s ability to showcase local talent to a global audience. Woodford Reserve and Herradura Tequila’s sponsorship also gave attendees the opportunity to discover the importance of educating, engaging, and exciting viewers and event attendees alike. 

Purchase your very own bottle of Woodford Reserve whiskey and Herradura Tequila’s finest products at https://www.woodfordreserve.com/ and https://www.herradura.com/ respectively. Visit https://barbattletv.com/ and follow Andrew Lue @just_callme_lue on Instagram to be the first to know when Season 2 of Bar Battle TV begins!

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In the central valleys of Oaxaca, and about an hour drive from the capital Oaxaca de Juarez, lies the village of San Pablo Huixtepec. The village of San Pablo Huixtepec is the home of the Palenque where “The Lost Explorer” super-premium mezcal is produced.

This is where we can truly say: single village, single palenque, single estate mezcal. As we deep dive into the brand’s origins with Maestro Mezcalero Fortino Ramos and his daughter (second generation mezcalera in training) Xitlali Ramos. We’ve learned that the tradition of mezcal making was almost lost in San Pablo Huixtepec but Fortino pursued his passion despite the critics of the town and continued to work the agave fields. On the agave fields, he began perfecting his technique, not only with the know-how but also by science and artistry. He started his own Palenque and made Mezcal for an array of brands in the beginning of his journey.

Screen Shot 2021 10 21 at 10.30.21 AMIn 2015, his perseverance and dedication was paid back when philanthropist and environmentalist David de Rothschild partnered with Fortino and their family to develop the liquid for “The Lost Explorer” mezcal; they forged a sustainable and environmentally friendly brand  that reflected their own values; respecting the ecosystem and rich biodiversity of agaves.

Honoring the sacred vow between humankind and the agave, The Lost Explorer Mezcal is committed to the sustainable production of high-quality handcrafted spirits in a manner that benefits the local mezcal-producing community in Oaxaca and protects the land. Commitments in place at launch include: the Mezcalero being a shareholder in the company, rainwater conservation, the use of reclaimed wood, replanting at least three agaves for every agave distilled, fertilizer created from agave waste, and solar panels to harness energy for power generation and water heating. Workers harvested the agave  in harmony with the elements and in tune with the rhythm of nature.

Screen Shot 2021 10 21 at 10.37.09 AMThe project started with three varietals: Espadin, Tobala, and Salmiana of which only Espadin is cultivated from agave pups (Hijuelos) and matured for eight years before harvesting. Both Tobala and Salmiana are wild. It takes ten years to harvest Tobala and twelve for Salmiana – inviting people to live curiously and explore the diversity and wonder of the sacred agave.

The artisanal mezcal starts with the cooking of the single variety agave in the underground conic oven; then cooked agaves go through a multi-stage shredder. The next process is the fermentation which occurs naturally on open wooden tanks with fibers and water.

Because of their commitment to the environment, they have installed solar panels and eliminated wood to heat the copper pots on the double distillation process by incorporating gas. This way ensures that they are not only protecting the local trees, but also caring for the health of their employees.

tobala2Every single expression is then bottled and sealed, bringing the true essence and character of the variety. On each mezcal we noticed Fortino’s hand, the finesse of the liquid that brings all the notes that are particular to each terruño (terroir) and agave, each one is well balanced with the right touch of smokiness. At their Palenque, they continue to grow agave Espadin and other varieties from the Karwinsky family. “The Lost Explorer” brand not only opened new horizons and prosperity to an entire village but also it brought back the passion for the craft and the innovation that new generation mezcaleros and educators as Maestro Fortino Ramos can bring for the future of mezcal making and the environment.

Salmiana2Introduced at the end of 2020, The Lost Explorer Mezcal has become one of the most awarded mezcals in 2021, having been awarded double gold, gold and silver recognition from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the most established and influential spirits competition in the world. It has also received the prestigious accolade of Taste Master – the best of the best across the Tequila and Mezcal category – by The Tequila and Mezcal Masters 2021, hosted by the Spirits Business.

Curious to taste and learn more about “The Lost Explorer” Mezcal? visit www.thelostexplorermezcal.com

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Whether meeting another person’s needs, being someone to talk to, or creating a fun, welcoming environment, the hospitality industry is all about caring for people. Bars and restaurants are often places where individuals meet new people, hang out with family and friends, or simply enjoy a new experience. This October, bars across South Florida will demonstrate their strong community values by expressing pink pride for Breast Cancer Awareness month. From donating a portion of proceeds to important causes to curating Breast Cancer Awareness inspired drinks and events to empower women and their businesses, these bars spread awareness by spreading joy.

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

For the month of October, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila with locations in South Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Aventura, will have available their frozen drinks in a limited-edition stadium cup for $9. For the entire month, customers can have as many frozen drink refills as possible for $5 at any Bodega location. 30% of the proceeds will be donated to Dolphins Challenge Cancer, created to unite the community against one of the most insidious diseases of our generation: Cancer.  For more information, please visit BodegaTaqueria.com. Bodega South Beach: 1220 16th Street, Miami Beach, FL – (305) 704-2145. Bodega Fort Lauderdale: 21 W Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL – (954) 945-5545. Bodega Aventura: 19129 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL – (305) 704-3670

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For the month of October, Warren, Damn Good Hospitality’s newest hotspot in Delray Beach, Florida, will be donating $1 from every Dianne’s Delight cocktail sold to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Named after the fiancé (Dianne) of the restaurant’s namesake Warren John, Dianne’s Delight is priced at $12 and features Kettle One Vodka, Fresh Pressed Lime Juice & Cane Syrup and is garnished with a sage leaf and one whole blackberry. Warren is located at 15084 Lyons Rd, Delray Beach, FL 33446. For more information visit Warrendelray.com.

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Mila Restaurant, will be featuring the specialty cocktail “Dream Catcher” throughout October, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation! This will be offered every evening and brunch.  Dream catcher features Luksusowa Vodka, strawberry, sundried tomato, italicus, lime, soda.

 

 

 

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For the month of October, Green Bar & Kitchen, Damn Good Hospitality’s vegan junk food bar located in Fort Lauderdale, will be donating $1 from every G beet K juice sold to the Susan G. Komen foundation. The juice, which is a mixture of beets, apples and carrots, is available at the restaurant for $10. Green Bar & Kitchen is located at 1075 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. For more information visit greenbarkitchen.com.

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Drink pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month at Fort Lauderdale’s ultimate dining and imbibing destination Lona Cocina & Tequileria. During the month of October, Lona is featuring curated ‘pink ribbon’ libations including El Jardin de Rosas, a delicious blend of cucumber Ketel One vodka, raspberry, dry Vermouth and lime Juice ($16); and Pink Flamingo Sparkling Wine ($14). Lona is donating 50% of ‘pink ribbon’ cocktail sales to Susan G. Komen for a Cure. Reservations are encouraged and can be made on OpenTable. Lona is located at 321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Hours of operation are Sunday through Wednesday from 11:30AM to 1AM; and Thursday through Saturday from 11:30AM to 2AM. www.lonarestaurant.com/; Telephone: (954) 245-3069. Discounted valet parking is available.

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Intercontinental Miami and Toro Toro

Miami’s iconic downtown hotel, InterContinental Miami, is going pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On October 1, the hotel will commemorate Breast Cancer awareness in a big way when the exterior digital canvas illuminates the Miami skyline in pink to display a 36-foot digital Pink Ribbon that will be on display throughout the entire month of October.

In addition, visitors can follow the hotel’s interior pink lighting to Toro Toro, chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval’s Pan-Latin steakhouse located on the lobby level of the property. Throughout October, Toro Toro is featuring the Pink La Bomba, a pink chocolate half sphere filled with cream cheese mousse, dulce de leche, strawberry ice cream, fresh berries, cookie crumbles and vanilla and berry sauce ($32) and the signature Pink Iris cocktail made with Patron Silver, house made sour, agave, passion fruit and marigold flowers ($18) 20% of all proceeds from sales of the Pink La Bomba and Pink Iris cocktail will be donated to BRCAStrong, a 501(c)3 non-profit that aims to support and alleviate the emotional and financial burdens of women facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. For more information about BRCAStrong, visit www.brcastrong.org/.  InterContinental Miami and Toro Toro are located at 100 Chopin Plaza in Miami

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To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mandarin Oriental, Miami will run a special pink-themed cross-promotion throughout the property. The hotel will be lit in pink starting Oct. 1 to serves as a beacon of hope; MO Bar + Lounge will feature a Pink Warrior cocktail ($21) made with gin, maraschino liqueur, liqueur de Violette and a twist of lime; La Mar by Gaston Acurio will feature their Pink Causa for A Cause ($25) made with potato puree plated in the shape of a ribbon, flavored with beets, crabmeat, Peruvian trout, avocado, and more; and The Spa will feature their “Inner Strength” treatment designed to ease physical tension and emotional anxiety following a stressful time in one’s life. A portion of proceeds from the pink-themed promotions will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. located at 500 Brickell Key Drive. Mami, FL 33131

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To commemorate October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pubbelly Sushi is pleased to announce the “Drink Pink” fundraiser to benefit Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The promotion, which runs from Oct. 1-31, features the restaurant’s limited-time-only Pink Sangria ($16) made with sparkling rosé, a dash of sprite, guava, a whole muddled strawberry, and a twist of lime. A portion of proceeds from the sale of every cocktail will go to fund Sylvester’s wig program that provides free wigs for cancer patients and survivors

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This October, Tanuki , the pan-Asian neighborhood gem located on Miami Beach on 11th and Alton, will feature a special pink-hued cocktail, HANAMATSURI ($16) made with Crop Organic Vodka, Hanamatsuri Mix, Lychee Juice, Smoked Coconut, Oolong Tea, Fresh Lemon Juice with a portion of proceeds donated to Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. Located at 1080 Alton Road. Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Throughout the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness, TUR Kitchen will offer guests it’s Mediterranean Tea cocktail. The Mediterranean-inspired concept has partnered up with Jackson Memorial’s Sylvester Cancer Center and will donate 10% of all its pink-drink sales to the organization.  Located at 259 Giralda Ave. Coral Gables, FL 33134

 

 

Red Rooster Overtown

For the month of October, Red Rooster Overtown has teamed up with the woman-owned & operated E11EVEN Vodka to create a specialty boozy milkshake in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink colored vodka-spiked ‘Miami Mi11kshake’ is made with E11EVEN Vodka, Strawberry Ice-Cream, Pineapple Juice and Condensed Coconut Milk (full recipe below) and will be on the Red Rooster menu all of October priced at $15. 50% of Miami Mi11kshake sales during the entire month of October will go to FloridaBreastCancer.org. Red Rooster Overtown is located at 920 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33136.

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– 2 oz E11EVEN Vodka

– 2 oz pineapple juice

– 2 oz Condensed Coconut Milk

– 2 scoops of Strawberry Ice-cream

– 2 cups of Ice

– Garnish: Pineapple Frans, Strawberry Slices, Toasted Coconut Flakes. 

Directions to make: Blend all ingredients in a blender and pour into a hurricane glass.

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Miami, FL (October 2021)- Rock N Roll Tequila is proud to announce that two of their phenomenal Tequilas have placed in the New York World Wine & Spirits 2021 Competition (NYWSC) for one of the best flavored Tequila. 

Rock N Roll’s Strawberry Tequila claimed the Bronze medal while their Mango Tequila took home the Silver at the NYWSC, a highly competitive and respected event. These medals are a testament to COO Chris Ferrone and Master Distiller Jose Aceves’s dedication to crafting a Tequila that not only looks incredible but also has an exquisite taste to complement its gorgeous aesthetic. The award-winning  Strawberry Tequila debuted this past July after the Rock N Roll team noticed that customers adored their Mango Tequila. This latest and greatest Rock N Roll Tequila delivers a tantalizing scent of fresh strawberries and a delicious strawberry, sweet caramel, and cooked agave flavor. The triumphant Mango Tequila offers a sweet caramel, mango, and crisp citrus taste.  

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“It’s been an incredible journey over the past few years, developing a brand that has now become a triple threat to the ultra-premium Tequila category with beautiful taste profiles, an iconic name, and a beautiful package,” said Chris Ferrone in regards to his brand’s accomplishments. “Every award accomplished still has the same feeling as the first.”

Rock N Roll Tequila’s NYWSC achievement follows a series of successful competition turnouts. Earlier this year, Rock N Roll entered their Cristalino Añejo in the San Francisco Spirits 2021 Competition and earned a Silver medal. This past summer, Rock N Roll Tequila entered their Platinum Triple Distilled Tequila into The Fifty Best Competition and won the Gold medal. According to Creative Director Tayler Faoro, Rock N Roll will continue to show up and show out at these esteemed competitions. “We plan to enter more spirit competitions as we grow,” said Tayler. “We want everyone to know the quality of Tequila we make. It’s not just a fancy bottle.”

After its success at NYWSC, Rock N Roll is on a hot streak with no plan to slow down. The Rock N Roll team continues to create new, exciting flavors to delight consumers and stun competitors. “Myself being 4th generation in the wine and spirits industry alongside my family of master distillers, Casa Aceves, being 3rd generation Tequila Makers, we collectively hold our family legacies equally at heart, ensuring every production run is just as great, if not better than the previous batch,” said Chris. Rock N Roll has a limited edition Cristalino Reposado debuting on November 1st with a Day of the Dead concept. 

1 1In addition to showing their brand’s winning spirit in competitions, Rock N Roll brings that same enthusiasm, charm, and quality to its local community. Rock N Roll has pop-up events throughout Miami-Dade and Broward County to connect and engage with the community. “The community has responded very well to our pop-ups. We do traditional tastings along with resident-only exclusive pop-ups to help bring our community together while introducing them to our amazing Tequilas,” said Tayler. There will be a pop-up event at another building in Flagler Village Ftl this month. 

For more information on the award-winning Tequilas, updates on pop-up events, and much more, follow Rock N Roll Tequila on instagram (@rocknrolltequila) and visit their website at for more https://rocknrolltequila.com

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The once called “the water of Life” for being flavorless and odorless, has very much changed into a variety of fully infused and assorted flavors, offering a versatility when comes to make cocktails. 

To celebrate this National Vodka long weekend, here’s a couple of suggestions to raise the glass.

The Lychee Martini is one of MR CHOW’s most popular cocktails, featuring Absolut Elyx Vodka, lychee and a touch of ginger for a delicious twist makes a good start for celebration. (Featured Cocktail photo).

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Arrow of Eros

The Estiatorio Ornos Miami location is now open on Mondays, with its first conveniently on National Vodka Day. Celebrate the occasion with the Arrow of Eros cocktail, spiked with craft HAKU Vodka and St. Elder liquor, adding a sweet citrus and floral honey flavor. Finished with a strawberry-lavender syrup foam, this pink drink is one to try.  

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Beach Walk

As an ode to the Asian side of the MILA Miami concept, their cocktail “Beach Walk” pairs Japanese melons with Kaffir lime (a Thai citrus) and lemongrass-infused, premium Wheatley Vodka. Aptly named, the drink has fruity flavors of coconut, pineapple, and lemon that will remind you of a tropical vacation. Finished with a spritz of Fever Tree Yuzu soda and garnished with a pink flower, this drink is refreshing and beautiful. 

WhatsApp Image 2021 10 02 at 2.43.45 PMEnjoy some “Vodkaritas” at MAIA House, made by mixologist Barbara Correa,  with sweet notes of eldelflower, and yuzu. They’ll be featuring this special cocktail all day on Tuesday, October 5th. 

Celebrate at home with E11even vodka latest edition. Join the fight for #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth by purchasing a LIMITED TIME ONLY pink 11vodka bottle, 11% of proceeds will go to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. 

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2 oz Watermelon Juice
1 ½ oz E11EVEN Vodka
1 oz St Germain
¼ oz fresh lime juice
Watermelon Slice Garnish

DIRECTIONS

Pour watermelon juice into glasses with ice, stir in St. Germain and E11EVEN Vodka to taste. Sweetness add more or less St. Germain Tartness add more or less lime juice.

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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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