In preparation for tomorrow night's Iron Fork, Booze Hound has been stalking the nominated mixologists. The first one we were able to track down was David Ortiz from Club 50 at the Viceroy. A long-time South Florida resident, David makes cocktails with a deeply native feel. Blessed with a Miami accent and an ebullient personality, David made us feel right at home as we tasted a slew of cocktails at 10 a.m. With names like Tranquilo y Tropical, El Cortadito and the Calle 8 Old Fashioned, the drinks are part of a liquid locavore train.
The Booze Hound clearly tasted why David Ortiz was nominated for the Iron Fork. We wish him the best of luck this Thursday. If making it to the Iron Fork is an impossibility, catch him Club 50 at the Viceroy. It will surely become your new Brickell watering hole.
In the meantime, we wanted to give you a quick snap shot of who David is -- funny, passionate and very Miami.
New Times: What is your favorite spirit?
David Ortiz: Rum, Rum based spirits & the 4 types of rum. Oh! and spirits with integrity. (read handcrafted, small batch spirits)
How about pork?
(in an incredibly thick Cuban accent) Lechon Asado! Baby, come on...
(in typical bartending banter) All types!
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