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    July 21, 2014

    Hemingway's Birthday: Make the Original Papa Doble From Havana's Floridita Bar

    Today marks Ernest Hemingway's 115th birthday. The author/adventurer who called South Florida home for a number of years, is nearly as well known for his prolific drinking as his writing. In fact, much of the Tales of the Cocktail seminar, Floridita: Cradle of the Daiquiri, focused on Hemingway's ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    Hedy Goldsmith Inspired by Rare Rum: A Cupcake is Born (Recipe)

    If you've ever wondered how a recipe is created, here's a chance to get inside the head of one of Miami's sweetest chefs. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink's executive pastry chef, Hedy Goldsmith, has created a Stormy Seven Fathoms cupcake with coconut lime frosting. The cupcake is an Island holiday i ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    Rum Renaissance Festival 2014: Top Five Coolest Rum Backstories

    Sunday concluded the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, a playground for wannabe pirates, booze-hungry businessmen, and diehard rum enthusiasts to geek out together in drunk bliss. But looking beyond the flashy booths and Tiki merch, I found distilleries with fascinating origins that can get lost amid ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    Ten Rums We Loved at Rum Renaissance Festival 2014

    On the afternoon we visited the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, the atmosphere was electric, and the air was perfumed with the sweet aroma of the spirit thousands of people came to celebrate -- rum. Pirates, tiki enthusiasts, and plain 'ole rum lovers filled the main hall of the Miami Airport Conve ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Rum Renaissance Festival: Judging 19 Rums in Less Than an Hour

    It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it, I suppose. Each year, in addition to tastings, seminars, and general rum-infused revelry, the Miami Rum Renaissance festival hands out awards for the world's best rums in several categories. The awards will be announced Friday in a gala presentation wh ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

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

    Hold on to your liver, matey. 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 years, the festival has grown from a poolside fete to a multiday event that features mixology competi ... 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 >>

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    February 20, 2014

    Emilio Estefan and Botran Rum Join Forces for Miami Nights

    Earlier this month, Botran Rum and Grammy award-winning producer Emilio Estefan announced a partnership promoting the mantra, "The night begins with Botran." Last night was the unofficial kickoff with an evening under the Miami sky at the Cardozo Hotel on Ocean Drive. A band played on as rum cockt ... 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 >>

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    November 28, 2013

    Thanksgiving Cocktail: The Pilar Alexander by Julio Cabrera

    Thanksgiving is this Thursday and, while most of us will open a few bottles of wine for the main meal, we suggest welcoming family and friends with a smart cocktail. But what cocktail is appropriate for Thanksgiving in Miami? If we could dream, we'd love to see a classic winter libation interpreted ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    It's National Rum Day: Celebrate at Broken Shaker, Brother Jimmy's, Radio Bar

    Happy National Rum Day! Sure, it's another made up holiday, but when there are cheap rum drinks involved do you really care? If you want to get technical, since sugar cane is a major Florida crop...and since rum is distilled from sugar and/or molasses, you could say that rum should be the "officia ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins: Miami Bars Honor Him Tonight

    It's not often a man gets a day in his name. But today, we celebrate a man of booze and ink. Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins would've turned 102 years-old this year -- and to commemorate his long, fruitful life, Brother Jimmy's BBQ, Sandbar Grill and Blackbird Ordinary are celebrating with Sailor ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Tony Abou-Ganim: Make the Best Daiquiri Ever

    The daiquiri, a favorite of Ernest Hemingway and President John F. Kennedy, was rumored to have been invented by an American mining engineer who was in Cuba during the Spanish-American war. Named after a beach in Santiago, Cuba, the drink simply combined rum, lime, and sugar (ingredients readily fou ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Moves Off Beach, Expands

    Miami Rum Renaissance Festival director Robert Burr is what you might call "rum obsessed." The author of's national rum page has about 900 bottles of rum in his private collection, hosts rum cruises on which fans can tour various distilleries at exotic ports of call, and is hosting ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Julio Cabrera Goes to Cuba, Makes Hemingway Special at Constante's Grave

    When you woke up this morning, you probably didn't think you'd get the opportunity to visit Cuba and tour rum distilleries. Neither did Julio Cabrera. But he recently got the chance to do so and he's got the pictures to prove it. The Miami mixologist, most recently from the late Sra. Martinez, h ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Yardbird, Peacock Garden Cafe: Avian Happy Hours Start Tonight

    What do Yardbird Southern Table & Bar and Peacock Garden Cafe have in common besides the fact that both restaurants are named after domesticated feathered creatures? They're both instituting some interesting new happy hours.Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is launching a weekday Southern Social ... 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    April 12, 2012
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    April 2, 2012

    Miami Rum Renaissance Returns For Fourth Annual Edition

    ​For Robert, Robert Jr. and Robin Burr, rum isn't just a type of liquor, it's a way of life."[Rum] is an incredible spirit," said the elder Robert, the family's patriarch and founder of Miami's Rum Renaissance, which takes place April 16-22. "And now it's experiencing a renaissance of appreciation ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Brugal 1888: The Newest Rum In Town

    ​Calling all sailors, pirates, bartenders, rum enthusiasts and drinkers of fine Caribbean spirits--there is a new rum in town: Brugal 1888.The ultra-premium, extended aged stuff is the newest in the line of fine rums made by the Brugal family of the Dominican Republic.What distinguishes Brugal 188 ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 29, 2011

    19 Rums in 30 Minutes: Judging at the Rum Renaissance Festival

    Lots of rum to judge at the Rum Renaissance Festival​As I walked into the Deauville Hotel's lobby, I wondered how I would walk out. I was about to judge my first rum competition, part of the week-long Rum Renaissance Festival. Festival Director Robert Burr gave me simple enough directions. ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Tortuga's Rum Cakes Can't Get You Drunk, But They Do Pack A Punch

    via Niehoff Marketing Associates4 oz. rum cake with berries​Recently, a friend delivered a six-pack of 4oz. Tortuga rum cakes ($66.95 for 2-six packs shipped to the U.S.) from Nassau, Bahamas. They came in an ornate, hexagon-shaped box vacuum-sealed to lock in freshness. I first smelled rum and th ... More >>

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    August 18, 2008

    How to Make a Hurricane

    above: Hurricane preparedness kit I've pretty much come to the conclusion that there are two types of Floridians. The first has stockpiled enough bottled water, canned chili con carne, sterno, matches stored in waterproof bags, and flashlight batteries to survive a nuclear holocaust followed by an ... More >>