This week, the Salty Donut celebrates its third anniversary with a limited-edition birthday doughnut, Stiltsville Fish Bar offers coquito made with Havana Club rum, Maya's Grill hosts an 11th anniversary event, Bakan opens in Wynwood, and the Broken Shaker honors the life of Richie Petronzi.
Celebration of Richie Petronzi at the Broken Shaker. It was only a few weeks ago that Miami's tight-knit bar community learned of the sudden death of Broken Shaker bar manager Richie Petronzi. Tonight the bar will celebrate his life. From 6 to 9 p.m., attendees can share stories and a drink or two. At 7:30, everyone will gather on the back patio for a toast. 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-2727; freehandhotels.com.
Limited-Edition Birthday Doughnut at the Salty Donut. Through December 23, the Salty Donut is offering the Birthday Behavior doughnut ($5.25) to celebrate the shop's third anniversary. The limited-edition flavor consists of homemade confetti cake infused with Froot Loops syrup and wrapped in a 24-hour brioche doughnut with "circus"-scented white-chocolate glaze and edible sparkles. Through Sunday, December 23, at the Salty Donut, 50 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-925-8126; saltydonut.com. Tuesday through Friday 7:30 a.m. till the doughnuts are sold out, Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. till sold out.
Anniversary at Maya's Grill on Lincoln Road. Wednesday, Argentine restaurant Maya’s Grill will celebrate its 11th anniversary with complimentary bites and cocktails, live music, and surprise tango performances. 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, at Maya's Grill, 809 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-538-0058; mayasgrill.com.
Drink and Be Merry at a Holiday Pop-Up Bar. 'Tis the season — for booze. Nothing says Christmas more than adult beverages. Just ask Clark Griswold and his eggnog, Frank Cross and his vodka, or Buddy the Elf and his "syrup." In keeping with the generations-old tradition of knocking back a few, holiday pop-up bars are officially a thing, and South Florida has several spots where you can whet your whistle from a Rudolph-adorned cup. Find your festiveness here.
Warm Up With Festive Hot Cocktails. It's the time of year for hot beverages that blend the best of the season. Perfect for the colder months, toddies are balmy mixtures of hot water and liqueur that also serve as palatable medicines to ease colds and holiday hangovers. Winter spices and syrups are mixed with rum, whiskey, bourbon, and other dark spirits, then paired with sweet treats such as marshmallows, flavored syrups, and whipped cream in creative presentations. Here, Miami's five hottest toddies are the perfect excuse to cozy up with loved ones and share stories this holiday season.
Crawfish Eddie’s Christmas Coquito Special at Stiltsville Fish Bar. The Thursday before Christmas, enjoy a coquito made with Bacardi's Havana Club rum ($6), along with special giveaways. Sit at the bar and listen to guest bartender Gio Gutierrez tell the history of Stiltsville and Havana Club. 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, December 20, at Stiltsville Fish Bar, 1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 786-353-0477; stiltsvillefishbar.com.
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Where to Get Coquito in Miami. Christmas is around the corner, and with it comes coquito. Sometimes called Puerto Rican eggnog, the recipe varies by household, but traditionally, it's made with coconut cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and a healthy helping of rum. In Miami, you can find coquito in many forms. From cocktails to beer to a handmade bottle of this delightful elixir, here's where to get your liquid holiday cheer.
Bakan Opens in Wynwood. If you were in Wynwood during Miami Art Week, you might have noticed a lush space on NW Second Avenue surrounded by cacti. The restaurant is a partnership between Jaguar Hospitality Group (Peacock Garden Cafe, Jaguar, and Talavera) and Oscar Gavino, who owns restaurants in Mexico and Spain. A wood-fired grill turns out various meats and vegetables for the restaurant's asado a la lena, while the bar serves about 500 tequilas and mezcals. 2801 NW Second Ave., Miami; 786-542-9139; bakanwynwood.com. Noon to midnight Sunday through Thursday, noon to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.