In Miami, autumn seems like a myth. But just because the city isn't blessed with multicolored leaves and consistently crisp air doesn’t mean locals can't enjoy cocktails spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon.
Miami’s bars are getting into the season with fresh concoctions channeling the best flavors of fall. Here are the top ten cocktails to warm yourself from the inside out regardless of the weather.
1. Apple sangria at the W South Beach.
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For a more seasonal take on the Spanish classic, the Wet Deck at the W South Beach serves an apple sangria ($16) that will make sipping cocktails by the pool feel just a tad like sitting by the fire. The drink, infused with oranges and fresh apples, blends seasonal flavors with apple-flavored Cîroc, Sauvignon Blanc, Grand Marnier, soda water, and lemon. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-938-3000; wsouthbeach.com.
2. Bishamonten at Zuma.
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The haute sushi spot inside the Epic Hotel Miami is celebrating its seventh anniversary this fall with a fresh lineup of cocktails created by bar manager Karol Ansaldi. Each beverage draws inspiration from the seven lucky gods of Japan. Bishamonten ($20), flavored like a relaxing fall drink, comes from the more spirited god of warriors. Sip on a base of Creyente mezcal mixed with muddled apple and salted caramel flavors and topped with a tart yuzu tonic. 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-577-0277; zumarestaurant.com.
3. Old & Smoky at Atlas.
Old & Smoky
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When looking for a unique cocktail, go to a bar that thinks outside the box by putting the drink in a box. At Atlas inside the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Old & Smoky ($17) is finished off in a glass box swirling with smoked hickory and apple wood. Open the door and watch the smoke creep out. The smoky beverage is a traditional old-fashioned, made with orange peel, bourbon, and bitters and garnished with fresh cherries. 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-414-5100; conradfortlauderdale.com.
4. Fare Thee Well at Mr. Chow.
Fare Thee Well
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For Fare Thee Well, warm aged bourbon is mixed with Luxardo, apricot, fresh lemon juice, and Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Bitters. The drink ($16) is garnished with a dehydrated orange wheel and a black cherry. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;
5. Lion’s Bite at Dragonfly.
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Dragonfly in Doral offers a tequila-based, Asian-inspired cocktail ($14) with a delicate combination of warmth, citrus, and spice. Roca Patrón Reposado tequila is mixed with Strega liqueur, honey, and lime juice, stirred with shishito pepper, and garnished with a togarashi salt rim. 5241 NW 87th Ave., Doral;