Today is National Cocktail Day. Sure, it's another made-up holiday, but any day that requires you to hoist a few drinks is worth celebrating. Plus, it's Friday, which makes imbibing a no-brainer. So raise a glass to some of Miami's best spots commemorating this day with special drinks and discounts.
This modern pan-Asian restaurant offers the Sai-Sai, a drink as spiritual as they come. The cocktail ($15) is served in a handmade triangular ceramic vessel displaying the different faces of Buddha. A built-in tray filled with dry ice gives Buddha's faces a mystical aura. The libation — featuring rum infused with house-made rice and orange peel shrub; almond syrup; homemade spiced apple soda; falernum; and bitters — is a Zen-like take on a traditional tiki cocktail. 1080 Alton Rd., Miami Beach.
2. Living Room at W South Beach
This swanky bar in the lobby of the W South Beach Hotel & Residences offers artisanal cocktails using edible flowers, house-made essential oils, and locally sourced ingredients. For National Cocktail Day, Living Room is offering half off the Eden (normally $16). It contains elderflower liqueur, Lillet, London dry gin, crème de violette, and basil. Other tempting choices are Through the Looking Glass (cognac, maca liqueur, passionfruit, fresh lime, and simple syrup) and the Tavarishch, which contains rye whiskey, amaro, maple syrup, fresh lemon, fresh yuzu, and bacon. Both cost $16.
3. Nina's House at the Confidante Miami Beach
Hang at this ultra-chic spot in the Confidante and enjoy a two-for-one special on its signature drink, the Spicy Nina (normally $16), which mixes fresh pineapple, Honey Crisp apple, cilantro, jalapeño, and rum. The offer is good during the bar's cocktail hour, 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
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4. DB Bistro Moderne
Go classy with this restaurant's white cosmo ($16), which includes vodka, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, white cranberry juice, and an iced edible flower that makes this libation so pretty you'll almost not want to consume it.
This Wynwood hot spot has it all: a great vibe, excellent Asian-American food, and a thriving bar scene. Celebrate National Cocktail Day with a spicy shiso sour ($16), inspired by the Peruvian pisco sour but with a clever Japanese twist: fresh muddled cucumber, St-Germain, yuzu, and tequila shaken to a froth with egg whites.