Tales of the Cocktail

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    October 10, 2014

    Broken Shaker Named One of the World's 50 Best Bars

    It's official. Miami is one of the best places in which to imbibe. The annual list of the World's 50 Best Bars has been released for the sixth year, and a Miami bar has finally been deemed worthy of a spot. See also: Broken Shaker, Regent Cocktail Club Nominated for Tales of the Cocktail Spirited ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Lure Fishbar to Host Botran Rum Mixology Showdown Today

    The Botran Rum Mixology Showdown pits mixologist versus mixologist at Lure Fishbar in a competition to make the best cocktail with Botran rum. Today's competition is open to the public and runs from noon to 3 p.m. Simone Caporale, who was named International Bartender of the Year at this year's Ta ... More >>

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    August 15, 2014

    National Rum Day: Make the Sailor Jerry and Win a Brunch for You and Ten Friends

    Saturday is National Rum Day, which means you've got a whole lotta celebrating to do. So where do you begin to commemorate America's first spirit? How about by swapping out your traditional bloody mary for a Jerry Mary. Allow us to explain. You see, there was this navy man named Norman Collins, who ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Roca Patron, Patron's Newest Tequila, Now Available in Miami

    Roca Patrón, the newest line of tequilas by Patrón Spirits Company, has officially hit the Miami market is now available throughout area bars and liquor stores. The new tequilas come in three varieties: Roca Reposado, Roca Silver, and Roca Anejo. They differ from other Patrón tequilas in that t ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Miami Bartenders Dominate Tales of the Cocktail

    Another Tales of the Cocktail is over and Miami bartenders and spirits professionals are back in town after spending nearly a week in the Big Easy drinking, eating, learning, and networking. This year's TOTC was epic, with a strong cadre of South Florida professionals storming the French Quarter to ... More >>

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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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    July 18, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Ice Cream, Beer, and Swim Week Parties

    Happy Friday, Miami. The weekend is here and there are all sorts of ways you can enjoy. From celebrating National Ice Cream Day with a sweet offer, to going to a Swim Week party at the Broken Shaker -- it's all here for your indulgence. Weekend starts now! See also: L'echon Brasserie: The Pubbell ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Miami Bartenders in NOLA for Tales of the Cocktail

    OK Miami, if you're thirsty for a crafted cocktail, maybe this is a good time to just order a shot and a beer. It's that time of year when bartenders from all over the world converge on the Crescent City for five days of debauchery and drinking -- better known as Tales of the Cocktail. In actualit ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Organizer Arrested

    Robert Burr, organizer of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, has been charged with aggravated battery on a person 65 or older (domestic violence related), which is a felony. See also: Ten Rums We Loved at Rum Renaissance Festival 2014

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    June 5, 2014

    Miami's Ten Best Bartenders

    Anyone can get behind a bar and mix a drink. For that matter, anyone can walk into a kitchen and prepare a meal. After all, we've all cooked for ourselves at home, haven't we? But, bartenders, like chefs, have many different levels of expertise. While the person who pops your Budweiser can at a be ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    12. Julio Cabrera: Gentleman Bartender

    New Times' Best of Miami 2014 issue arrives June 19. To celebrate, Short Order is paying tribute to Miami's culinary all-stars. These people forged our city's food scene into what it is today -- a thriving amalgam of tastes and cultures. Through their insight and talent, they've given the city a uni ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    Broken Shaker's New Chef, James Seyba, Creates Menu Designed to Pair with Cocktails

    The Broken Shaker's always been about turning out spectacularly crafted cocktails and now, with the addition of chef James Seyba, the lounge at the Freehand Miami is upping its game food-wise. Seyba, who recently served as chef de cuisine of 150 Central Park, Michael Schwartz's restaurant on Royal ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Broken Shaker, Regent Cocktail Club Nominated for Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards

    Tales of the Cocktail, the annual celebration of all things spirited, has announced the nominees for their annual "Spirited Awards," with several Miami bartenders and bars getting a nod. See also: Tales of the Cocktail: Miami Bartenders Shake Up New Orleans

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    February 20, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Dinners and Pop-Ups During the Festival

    With about 70 different parties, dinners, and seminars to choose from, you'd think there wasn't room on your culinary dance card to fit in one more morsel of food or one more sip of a delicious libation. Of course, to the truly insatiable foodie, there's always a bit of wiggle space for just one mo ... More >>

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    February 15, 2014

    The Dead Rabbit Pops Up at Patpong Road During SoBeWFF: Here's How to Get VIP Access

    The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog is one of the finest bars in New York, if not the world. Consisting of a casual tap room and upstairs parlor, this financial district gem is just a year old and has already won just about every accolade you can think of including being named World's Best New Cocktail ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    Radio Bar Celebrates First Anniversary With New Beverage Director, Fall Cocktails

    Locals began to notice the giant radio tower on South of Fifth only when a bar popped up next to it. Can you blame us? We Miamiams love a good cocktail, and Radio Bar knows how to serve them. The pop-up-turned-permanent establishment, marks a year in December. Along with celebrating an anniversary, ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Spirits, Birthdays, and Tasty Art

    It's almost impossible to believe, but even as we take down the fake cobwebs and place the skeletons back in the closet until next year, we're figuring out how best to cook a turkey and whether cranberry sauce in a can is disgusting or a necessary tradition. Before holiday insanity sets in, we've g ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Beer, Spirits, and a Benefit

    What do you do during the weeks where nothing is going on after work? Don't know? That's because that's never the case. We're lucky that the Magic City is one of the most social cats in the country and she's always got something up her sleeve to get you off the couch and onto the streets. This we ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Craft Spirits Festival Coming to Coconut Grove

    Tales of the Cocktail is an annual craft spirits festival that takes over New Orleans for one glorious weekend every July. But, as large as this festival is now, it started with humble beginnings. Eddy and Tony Delamaza, owners of Big Game Liquors, had a vision that Miami could be the home of the ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    Tales of the Cocktail: Miami Bartenders Shake Up New Orleans

    Tales of the Cocktail, the multi-day celebration of spirits in New Orleans has wrapped up its 11th annual celebration. The event, which took over the city, features more than 200 curated seminars, tasting rooms, spirited dinners, and competition and mixologists, brand ambassadors, and drinkers come ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Miami Bartenders at Tales of the Cocktail: Lermayer, Ferrara, Zvi, Orta, Hudnall, Burr, Many More

    If you walk into your favorite Miami bar and don't see any familiar faces mixing drinks, it's probably because your favorite mixologist has headed for the Big Easy. Tales of the Cocktail, the annual five-day spirited celebration of cocktails, has the world's finest mixologists congregating on New O ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Miami's Ten Best Bartenders

    Anyone can get behind a bar and mix a drink. For that matter, anyone can walk into a kitchen and prepare a meal. After all, we've all cooked for ourselves at home, haven't we?But, bartenders, like chefs, have many different levels of expertise. While the person who pops your Budweiser can at a beach ... 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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    December 5, 2012

    First Trust: Free Cocktails at Pop-Up Lounge During Art Basel

    Art Basel is just starting and Short Order is making plans for the closing night's festivities. We suggest you do the same, especially when it entails a pop-up lounge and four different cocktails -- and everything's free.First Trust is a new cocktail lounge scheduled to open in downtown Miami in fal ... More >>

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    December 1, 2012

    Clarke's Robert Montero Represents U.S. in Marie Brizard International Cocktail Challenge

    Miami mixologist Robert Montero's Sunny Crusta has literally been his ticket to ride for the past year. Read also: Sra. Martinez's Robert Montero Wine Marie Brizard Cocktail ChallengeWatch Clarke's Robert Montero Win The USA Marie Brizard Cocktail ChallengeEarlier this year, Montero competed against ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Watch Clarke's Robert Montero Win the Marie Brizard USA Cocktail Challenge (Video)

    A few months ago, Robert Montero, mixologist at Clarke's, traveled to New Orleans to represent Miami in the Marie Brizard USA Cocktail Challenge at Tales of the Cocktail.Read Also:Miami Mixologists Represent at Tales of the CocktailSra. Martinez's Robert Montero Wins Marie Brizard Cocktail Challenge ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Kris Wessel: Florida Cookery at the James Royal Palm Hotel Is Personal

    What does a chef do before opening a new restaurant in a luxury South Beach hotel?If you guessed taking his daughters on an extended road trip, you might have gotten the same email we did from Kris Wessel. If you speak with Wessel for more than 30 seconds, you'll learn that everything he does -- fro ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    Gabriel Orta and Tequila Don Julio: Easy Tequila Cocktails To Make at Home

    The Broken Shaker Returns to Miami BeachBest Bartender 2012: Gabriel OrtaAs I walked into the W Hotel South Beach, I was greeted by a friendly gentleman who immediately whisked me to a suite on the 14th floor. Upon opening the door, I was pleased to find two amazing sights: a panoramic view of South ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    The Broken Shaker Returns to Miami Beach

    The Broken Shaker: First Pop-Up Cocktail Bar in Miami BeachBest Pop-up Bar 2012: The Broken ShakerBest Bartender 2012: Gabriel OrtaAt Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, The Broken Shaker's Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi told us that The Broken Shaker would reopen this fall somewhere in Miami. We now h ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Miami Mixologists Represent at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans

    See also "Sra. Martinez's Robert Montero wins Marie Brizard cocktail challeng" and "Julio Cabrera of Sra. Martinez wins Campari cocktail competition at The Corner."Miami was well represented at the tenth anniversary of Tales of the Cocktail. This five-day long celebration of spirits brings the world ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Tales of the Cocktail: New Orleans Celebrates Boozy Culture

    Tales of the Cocktail, celebrating its tenth anniversary, is a five-day festival of cocktail culture. What started as a small gathering of bartenders wanting to share technique and recipes, has become an international event filled with thousands of mixologists, brand ambassadors, and booze enthusias ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Sra. Martinez's Robert Montero Wins Marie Brizard Cocktail Challenge

    Six of Miami's best bartenders met at Blackbird Ordinary for a little friendly competition at the Marie Brizard Cocktail Challenge semi-finals. Robert Montero (Sra. Martinez), Fraser Hamilton (Blackbird Ordinary), Mary Connoly (Meat Market & Bar Lab), Phillip Khanderhrish (The Setai), Paul Sau ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Five Local Bartenders Compete Tonight in Marie Brizard Cocktail Challenge

    Five of Miami's top mixologists will compete tonight for the opportunity to shake their stuff at the annual Tales of the Cocktail in the Marie Brizard USA Cocktail Challenge Semifinals.The competition, which is free and open to the public, takes place tonight from 6 - 8 p.m. at Blackbird Ordinary. C ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Wrap Up: Miami's Hottest Mixologists Shake Things Up at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans

    ​Hardcore partiers and upscale drinkers- did you notice your favorite mixologists missing in action this past week? Were they kidnapped by aliens or even worse, migrate to other cities? No and no. Dont worry, we've got your answer!Miami's top mixologists hit up took over the city of New Orleans fo ... More >>