October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with charity walks, fundraisers, and benefits planned. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, with more than 220,000 women in the United States being treated for the disease each year.
Although that's a staggering statistic, early prevention and treatment are the key to a good prognosis -- and raising money and awareness is a great way we can all play a part in supporting the organizations that support patients and search for a cure.
Several lounges in Miami are participating in a "Drink Pink" campaign where you can help fight breast cancer simply by enjoying a rose-colored cocktail. For each pink drink, a portion of proceeds will benefit a specific cancer organization.
Lilt Lounge and Area 31 at the Epic Hotel
The Lilt Lounge is offering a special Drink Pink cocktail menu, curated by lead bartender Dean Feddaoui, who says, "Raising awareness about breast cancer is an important part of our society. Everyone should participate, donate, or volunteer. Breast cancer affects the core of every family, society, and nation. We all have to make it a mission to reach as many people as possible."
Cocktails are $13, and for every one enjoyed, the lounge will donate $1 to benefit the American Cancer Society. The cocktails include a Lily in the Wind, made with Aviation gin, house-made strawberry shrub, ginger, rosewater, and lemon; and the Lilt cocktail, made with Uncle Val's Botanical gin, Cocchi Americano rosa, Banfi "Rosa Regale" brachetto, rosewater, and a grapefruit peel.
The cocktails will also be available at Area 31, located on the 16th floor of the Epic Hotel.
The Social Club at the Surfcomber
The Social Club's lead bartender, Chad Phillips, has created two special rose-hued cocktails for October. The Will You Daiquiri Me features strawberry-kiwi-infused Flor de Caña Silver rum, lime, and sugar; and the Legroni is made with Espolon reposado tequila, Solerno blood orange, and Campari. The cocktails are $13 each, with $1 going to the American Cancer Society.
Stephanie Hart, general manager at 660 at the Angler's, feels that support for the cause is crucial. "Although I have not personally been effected by the issue, I think that it is very important to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness because everyone needs to be knowledgeable that this could happen to anyone. We need to be there to support others who have gone through the brave and incredibly difficult struggle due to this disease and make sure that we are doing everything that we can to educate ALL women and ALL men that this disease could strike any woman, any time, and to take the issue seriously. It's all about support."
660 at the Angler's is offering two special cocktails, each priced at $10 (with $1 going to the American Cancer Society for each drink sold). The Think Pink is made with rum, hibiscus cordial, lemon juice, and creole bitters; the Ribbon is prepared with grapefruit vodka, Aperol, and cherry bitters and then topped with sparkling wine.
Enjoy this raspberry and rose gin rickey, made with fresh berries and a dash of rosewater for $14. Twenty percent of the sale will benefit the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on raising awareness about the disease and mobilizing Floridians to advocate for research funding, quality health care for all, and an environment free of carcinogens. All of the proceeds will remain in the state and will help support community education and research programs throughout Florida. The cocktail is available at any of the Shore Club's restaurants and lounges.
To raise a glass in support and enjoy your own pink-themed happy hour at home, here's the recipe:
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Raspberry & Rose Gin Rickey
- 1.25 oz Plymouth gin
- .25 oz simple syrup
- 4 muddled raspberries
- 3 slices muddled limes
- Dash of rose water
- Garnish with one raspberry