David Fast

Hot summer days call for cool, revitalizing cocktails, so we figured this would be an ideal time to speak with David Fast, who's been a bartender at Lido at The Standard since just after the sweet spa/hotel's opening.

1. What's the biggest-selling drink at the Lido?

Mojitos. Consistently. Mojitos, mojitos. For every 10 drinks we sell, I'd say five are mojitos.

Location Info


The Standard Hotel

40 Island Ave.
Miami, FL 33139

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: South Beach

2. The secret to making a good mojito?

Fresh ingredients and extra lime juice — I add fresh lime juice. And less soda. A lot of people use too much soda when making the drink.

3. Name two beverages that will taste particularly good on a torrid summer day.

The Lido lemonade — a pink lemonade with citrus vodka — is very refreshing on a hot day. And rosé wine. When it's so humid out, it's nice to have a lighter wine.

4. What new spirits can we find at The Standard?

There are new liqueurs coming out that have different flavors, like Canton, a ginger cognac. And St. Germain, also from France, made from elderflower. The flower blooms for only three days, once a year. They pick it, infuse it with white wine, and then make a liqueur out of it. It's great to add to champagne to give a little sweetness to it.

5. What is the most enjoyable mode of making a drink — stir, shake, or muddle?

Shake. It's definitely the most fun.

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