Liquor and Spirits

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    April 18, 2014

    Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Miami Cocktail Week: Win VIP Tickets

    Hold on to your liver, mateys. The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival returns to the Doubletree Hotel Miami Airport Convention Center April 25 to 27. (Friday, April 25, is open to trade only.) Over the past years, the festival has grown from a poolside fete to a multi-day event that features mixology ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Returns: VIP BOGO Offer

    The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival returns to the Doubletree Hotel Miami Airport Convention Center for three days of rum tastings, seminars and festivities April 25 to 27. Now in its sixth year, the festival features more than 80 rum producers worldwide offering tastes of over 200 rums to rum enthu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Get Your Pappy Van Winkle on at Radio Bar's Bourbon & Beats Tonight

    Pappy Van Winkle. You've heard about it, read about it, and seen Anthony Bourdain tweet about it. But have you had the opportunity to sample the elusive elixir of the bourbon gods? We have. And this rare bourbon, distilled in Frankfort, Kentucky, is worth the hype. Bottles of this amber nectar re ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    Miami Rum Festival Returns; Miami Cocktail Week Announced

    Rum lovers rejoice for the new year, because the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival is returning with a new name and an exciting new addition. The Miami Rum Festival will take place Friday April 25 - Sunday, April 27, at the Doubletree Hotel Miami Airport Convention Center. The event will feature semin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Fontainebleau Miami Beach Updates Cocktail Program With Smoky, Savory Flavors (Recipes)

    The Fontainebleau Miami Beach is mixing up its cocktail program to incorporate spicy, smoky, and savory ingredients. Corporate Mixologist Hector Acevedo has created new cocktails for each of the Fontainebleau's signature restaurants and its Bleau Bar, using fresh herbs, flowers, wood chips and bals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Yardbird Southern Table and Bar Named One of the Best Bourbon Bars in the Country

    Call it a "spirit revival" or call it "getting back to basics", but bourbon has gained immense popularity in the past few years. Although it's commonly referred to as Kentucky bourbon, the spirit does not have to be produced in Kentucky. In 1964, Congress declared the whiskey as a distinctive produ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Miami Rum Renaissance Festival: Ten Rums You Probably Haven't Tried Yet

    This year's Miami Rum Renaissance Festival was bigger than ever. In its new home at the Miami Airport Convention Center at the Doubletree by Hilton, there was ample room for rum exhibitors, seminars, and even on outdoor cigar lounge where attendees could enjoy a spirited smoke. Tasting our way thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Celebrate O, Miami With the Mot Juste Cocktail at the Betsy (Recipe)

    It's that time of the year where celebrate the big O, Miami. No, not that "Big O" -- O, Miami, the Miami-Dade literary event produced by the University of Wynwood, that celebrates poetry with parties, salons, and exhibits.And, since most of history's great poets were also great drinkers, BLT St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Vodka and Yuca Croquetas: A Perfect SoBeWFF Pairing

    Food and wine pairings have been a big thing for years. Beer and wine pairings have become increasingly common. Scotch pairings: you've at least heard of them. But vodka? You probably didn't know that people were into that outside of Russia or Poland. Well, sorry to break it to you, but it's a thing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Maker's Mark Shortage? Lower Alcohol Content

    As a Maker's Mark ambassador (an important-sounding name for someone on the company's mailing list), I get some pretty cool perks -- calling cards, an annual holiday trinket, and my name on a barrel that's aging somewhere in Loretto, Kentucky. I also get email blasts updating me on Maker's Mark news ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Macallan's Teaches Scotch 101

    When people get serious about Scotch, they get The Macallan. After all, the brand has been brewing the golden-hued spirit for almost 200 years. Their Scotland distillery creates a whole host of options -- from their 10-year-old Fine Oak to their Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars collection (a bottle o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Scare Up Some Spooky Cocktails For Halloween

    Halloween is right around the corner and soon the streets and bars will be filled with zombies, sexy witches, and vampires -- all thirsting for a cocktail.You want to know what's even more frightening than having all these creatures of the night walking the streets of Miami?An empty glass....That's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Celebrate National Chocolate Milkshake Day With These Boozy Drinks

    Today is national chocolate milkshake day -- another completely made up holiday brimming with awesome potential. We were planning to write a list of the best chocolate milkshakes in Miami....then we figured we would up the ante and share the places that offered boozy versions.And yes...each place ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month at These Five Miami Restaurants

    There are so many spirits in the world, most of which bring to mind the country of origin. There's Scotch, which invokes the misty highlands of Scotland. Vodka brings to mind cold, crisp nights in Russia and Sweden, and tequila reminds us of sun-filled Mexican beaches and wind-swept deserts. And the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Five Cocktail Trends To Look Out For

    If the Tales of the Cocktail conference in New Orleans last week taught me one thing, it's that your liver can take five days of abuse as long as you feed it lots of red beans and rice. (Oh ... coconut water and cat naps work well, too.)Seriously, there was much to learn at Tales of the Cocktail. Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Tales of the Cocktail: New Indie Spirits You Should Try

    There was a time when spirits were distilled by family-run companies. Small batches of rye, bourbon, or rum were made and distributed. In time, large corporations started buying out these small companies until it seemed like most every item in your local liquor store could be traced back to a few la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    For Father's Day: Thor, Whisky of the Gods

    If you're looking to spend about $200 on a special gift for dad on Father's Day (June 17) -- one that he can wring quite a bit of pleasure from -- this just might be it: Thor, a new 16 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Highland Park's Valhalla Collection."We wanted to create an exciting new ra ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Miami Club Rum: A Distillery Tour (Photos)

    You might miss the entrance to the Miami Club Rum distillery (2320 N Miami Avenue, Miami), housed alongside the locked galleries and thrift shops that line North Miami Avenue in Wynwood. The nondescript building is rather small when compared to most rum distilleries in the Caribbean, which come equi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Miami Rum Renaissance Festival: Ten New Rums You Haven't Tried Yet

    View photos from Miami Rum Renaissance Festival 2012 at Deauville Beach Resort here.The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival at the Deauville Resort concluded last evening with a 6:45 p.m. "last call", prompting event goers to rush to their favorite rum booth for one last mojito or shot of the elixir favo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2012

    Rum Renaissance Ends Today: Try These Brands

    So many rums, so little time!If you attend today's wrap-up of 2012 Rum Renaissance at the Deauville Beach Resort, (starting at noon for VIP, 1 p.m. for regular admission). Short Order has you covered. Yesterday we squirmed our way through the many vendors and tasted the finest of the bunch. Here is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Fifteen Rums, Two Cachacas in One Hour: Judging at the Rum Renaissance Festival

    Every year, bartenders, rum enthusiasts, and fans of a little fun-in-the-sun converge on Miami Beach for the annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival held at the Deauville Resort. Though events have been going on all week, the real action lies in the two-day grand tasting this Saturday and Sunday from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Julio Cabrera of Sra. Martinez Wins Campari Aperitivo Cocktail Competition at The Corner (Photos)

    Last night, the Corner brought together some of Miami's best bartenders, er, mixologists for the first-ever Campari Best Aperitivo Cocktail Competition. Hosted by the United States Bartenders' Guild, the event had the cocktail creators come up with their own unique take on the classic apéritif. Our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    The Balvenie Road Trip: Two Guys, One Car, Lots of Scotch

    ​Generally, brand ambassadors at spirits companies have pretty good jobs -- going to bars and events and talking up whatever brand of booze you're representing (and giving out free samples along the way). But last year, Balvenie brand ambassadors Nicholas Pollacchi and Andrew Weir received a new a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    George Espie: Whisky's Master of Wood

    ​George Espie is the Macallan master of wood, which means (A) he is a Scotch fanatic and (B) he probably gets picked on a lot during recess on the corporate playground. What his title really means is he is responsible for managing the Macallan "Wood Policy" and delivering all cask requirements to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    DJ Laz Talks Sipping Hennessy Straight From the Bottle and Drinking on the Job

    DJ Laz doin' work.​If, like Crossfade, you are a serious drinker who loves to let loose, glug a couple of cocktails, and get responsibly wasted, we say: "Raise that Henny, son!" Now believe it or not, there is an international community of cognac connoisseurs called the Hennessy DJ Collective and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Depression Cakes and Speakeasy Sazeracs

    via sanfransiscosongbird.comC'mon, dollface, the booze is on me tonight!​Life is tough. We could be heading into a new-age Depression. Of course, here at Short Order, the first thing we think of is: What will we eat? And better yet: What will we drink?Let's take a step back in time when the best o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Richard Paterson's Scotch Drinking Tips: A Master Blender Speaks

    Laine DossMaster Blender Richard Paterson has a million dollar nose.​​Third generation master blender Richard Paterson's nose is so important to his job as master Scotch whiskey blender, that the noggin is insured for $1.6 million.Paterson, who works for Whyte & Mackay (the namesake founders ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011
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    June 2, 2011

    Johnny Schuler's Passionate About Pisco

    ​Master Distiller and restaurateur Johnny Schuler is the preacher of pisco.He's dedicated to bringing the fragrant Peruvian spirit to the states. Working hard on a marketing campaign to make his this dream a reality, he's learning how to navigate the different state laws regulating alcohol, about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Beautiful Girls and Drinks: The Renaissance Festival in Pictures

    All photos by Laine Doss Giselle and Lizette - Captain Morgan in the house!​The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival ended its weeklong celebration of the spirit of the Caribbean yesterday. The festival featured seminars, rum contests, parties, entertainment, but the highlight of the event was t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Chambord Flavored Vodka Debuts At The Mondrian

    Lee KleinOrbs in a row.​On August 1, the makers of Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur unveiled its first-ever line extension via the new Chambord Flavored Vodka. Chambord Liqueur blends black raspberries with black currant, Madagascar vanilla, and cognac. Chambord Flavored Vodka features premium Fre ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur Brings Sicily to South Beach

    In a Murano glass bottle.​Here at Short Order, we only pimp the booze we love. And after downing a few Solerno-injected cocktails at Prime Italian last night, I'm ready to peddle some of this Sicilian blood orange liqueur. Solerno is culled from the dark purplish Sanguinello oranges, the flesh of ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Plato Royale: Battle of White Wine Sangria, Jaguar vs. Por Fin

    Photo by Danielle AlvarezWhite wine sangria at Jaguar​Plato Royale usually compares and critiques food. But in this edition, it's all about sangria. The punch-like concoction is traditionally made with Spanish red wine from the Rioja region. But white wine sangria, sangria blanca, is a cool and c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Kiss My Cocktail: Fontainebleau's Box of Chocolates

    Box of Chocolates​Here's one box you can really get your tongue into. Okay, that was totally foul, but hell--you know the impending holiday just makes us a little perverse. Have a few of these and you'll forget all about our bad behavior.Box of Chocolates1 oz Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka1/2 oz V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Kiss My Cocktail: Lucky Love Potion and Feelin' Lucky From Lucky Strike

    ​It's not a good idea to drink and drive, Einstein, but heck -- it can be a freakin' blast drinking and bowling! Did you know you are awarded double points for getting a strike in your neighbor's lane? Yeah, we've never heard that one either, but try it out and get back to us.In the meantime, here ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    Champagne Cocktails (a.k.a. NYE Lubrication) at Home

    ​If ushering in the year were a sport, champagne* would be the beverage of champions and we'd dump a huge cooler full of it onto Father Time's head at the stroke of midnight. It's bubbly, makes a wonderful, pee-on-yourself-scary sound when you open it, and is the hands-down only answer for the big ... More >>

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    December 19, 2009

    If You Must Serve Eggnog This Season, Make Your Own

    Eggnog is one of those staples that should be voted off the holiday table. Really, is that warm, thick, egg-y beverage the best thing to drink with your holiday meal? Especially in this Miami heat? Eggnog originated in England and was brought over to America by the colonists. Originally made with eg ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009
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    June 11, 2009
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    March 26, 2009

    Bourbon and Blues -- Drink Up, Eat Right, Jam Out

    Here's what you missed last night if you weren't at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club at Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak in Aventura: 25 percent off whiskey and bourbon from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. with live blues by local legend Albert Castiglia.No problemo. They're doin' it again next week, a ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    30-Year-Old Whiskey in Its Prime

    Psssst....Drink Me!It isn't often that we New Timesers get a bottle of $200 whiskey in the mail. We did, not long ago, thanks to the folks at Canadian Club, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year with the release of a primo 30-year-old, 80-proof, white-oak-barrel-aged blended whiskey r ... More >>

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    October 7, 1999

    Side Dish

    Juicy food gossip

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    May 13, 1999
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    April 24, 1997

    Set 'Em Up and Go

    One of the best bartenders in the world lives in Miami, but he's hanging up his apron

  • News

    February 3, 1993

    License to Swill

    Officially it's called "substandard orange wine," but to small business owners, Premium Blend is a strong shot in the arm

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    December 2, 1992

    Down At the Hooch and Brooch

    Imagine a string of saloons where the barstools are comfy, the conversation giddy, and the drinks are always free

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    June 17, 1992
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