Celebrate Miami Beach's Centennial With These Cocktails

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Miami Beach is turning 100 and the old girl looks pretty good after a century of being out in the intense Florida sun. To celebrate, there's a huge concert happening on the beach tonight, March 26, from 5 p.m. to midnight at Eighth Street and Ocean Drive featuring some of the biggest names in music like Andrea Bocelli, Barry Gibb, Gloria Estefan, Wyclef, Flo Rida, DJ Irie, Dave Mason, Jon Secada, Third World, Mariana Vega, and Ky-Mani Marley.

Tickets, by the way, are still available and range from $129 - $1,000 each. If you're on a budget, don't fret, because there are sections for the public to watch the event for free (with an even better section for Miami Beach residents to get in on the action gratis). To purchase tickets and get a complete listing of artists performing, visit miamibeach100.com

As with any birthday, a toast is in order. And, since this is a special occasion, not just any cheap glass of sparkling wine will do. You need a special cocktail or two to commemorate the occasion.

That's why Jennifer Massolo, founder of the Liquid Projects, has created two very special cocktails that celebrate Miami Beach. Massolo has partnered with the AC Hotel, opening at 2912 Collins Ave., in the spring to help develop its food and beverage program, and these cocktails reflect the locally sourced drinks that will be featured on the menu.

When asked to describe these cocktails, Massolo said, "the cocktails' names and ingredients directly connect us to our 100 year old city. They are hyper local and hyper craft, made with rums produced in Florida.The fruits and subsequent juices are from local, South Florida farms, and their names give us a sense of place and familiarity.

"Miami Beach was, at one time, avocado, mango and pineapple groves. While most of those trees and plants are gone, some remain in our backyards and surely our South Florida farms produce a bounty of fruits year round that allow us to make unique and exotic cocktails. Miami Beach is 100 and we can source our cocktail ingredients within 100 miles."

Massolo created these cocktails with the home bar enthusiast in mind, saying, "anyone can follow these recipes at home to toast to our great city."  

So mix up some of these cocktails and toast to Miami Beach on her birthday. Because she may be 100, but the girl sure knows how to party!

The Indian River

  • 1.5 oz Miami Club Rum
  • 2 oz fresh blood orange juice
  • 1 ½ oz coconut water
  • ¼ oz simple syrup
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • 1 mint leaf

Blend all the above, serve over ice and garnish with a mint sprig.

Sobe Centurion

  • 1.5 oz Wicked Dolphin Rum
  • 2 oz guava puree
  • 2 oz star fruit puree
  • 5 chili flakes
  • ½ oz lime juice

Blend all the above, serve over ice and garnish with a tooth-picked bay rum leaf

Note: If you don't have Miami Club or Wicked Dolphin, substitute any premium light rum.

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