Gin is one of the world's strongest spirits — and that's not even referring to proof.
Originally used for medicinal purposes, the liquid went down a little smoother than people expected, so the English government had to introduce the Gin Act, making the libation ridiculously expensive in order to discourage people from drinking it. Of course, not even Parliament could keep its people from the venerable spirit.
Gin is becoming rapidly popular in Miami, with bars such as Repour and the Traymore introducing gin-and-tonic menus. To commemorate this unstoppable spirit and just in time for the summer, here are Miami's seven best gin cocktails.
7. Parkside Sour at Glass & Vine
Eddie Fuentes and his latest project, the Cocktail Cartel, created this summer drink to complement Glass & Vine's location in Coconut Grove's Peacock Park. "It's a refreshing cocktail that highlights the botanicals of Fords Gin perfectly. It's also a detox-
6. Celery Negroni at the Anderson
Paying respect to the classic Negroni, the group from Bar Lab decided to do a smart spin using celery. Bar manager Josh Alperstein says, "The intention is to create a fresh garden experience for the palate. With so many different styles of gin, finding the best suited can be difficult. Rutte Celery adds earthy tones while having a crisp vegetable finish to blend perfectly with the botanical extract." Campari, soft
5. Ultimate Gin and Tonic at Bar Centro at SLS Hotel South Beach
To set the mood, this drink is served in a sexy stemless
4. Trinidad & Ta-boo-yah at the Continental
Dennis O'Connor, food and beverage director of Starr Restaurants, describes the Trinidad & Ta-boo-yah ($14) as a tribute to the classic tart Collins. "The origins of the Tom Collins cocktail are widely debated, but the key ingredients to it are gin, lemon, and simple syrup. We put a twist on ours by giving it a tropical Caribbean feel, almost like the red solo that is near and dear to Trinidad & Tobago culture. We added passionfruit and a little depth by using bitter honey as our sweetener to get a very well-balanced cocktail to be consumed year-round."
3. Giggle Water at Pawn Broker
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2. Gin and Tonic at AC Hotel Miami Beach
Who would be better to develop a gin-and-tonic menu than Miami's "
1. She Said Yes at Sweet Liberty
Hendrick's Gin brand ambassador and Sweet Liberty bartender Josue Gonzalez loves gin because of its elegance and diversity. "There are so many different types of