Cocktails & Spirits

Get Your COVID "Shots" at Lolo's Surf Cantina

Getting a shot has never been so tasty.
Getting a shot has never been so tasty. Photo by Alice Moreno for DeepSleep Studio
Did you know that you can get your shots at a restaurant in Miami Beach?

These shots won't protect you against anything but thirst, but they are guaranteed to help you have a good time.

Lolo's Surf Cantina is offering "La Vacuna til Mayo," a series of four cocktails that represent each of the three COVID vaccines available in Miami, plus a mocktail. The drinks are served in syringes and are available through May 5, Cinco de Mayo.

The cocktails were created by Lolo's food and beverage manager, Pablo Guerrero, who wanted to come up with some drinks that celebrate the fact the actual COVID vaccines are at last becoming widely available.

"Last year, the 'Quarantini' was all the rage," Guerrero tells New Times. "This year, we wanted to find a way to make people smile and create some cocktails with a fun method of delivery — the syringes — to accomplish that goal.

Guerrero named the drinks after the vaccines. "The 'Fieyzer' is similar to the phonetic spelling of the most widely recognized vaccine. 'Antigua' means old in Spanish, so this is a play on the opposite of 'Modern.' Also, 'Jota & Jota' stands for J&J in Spanish. We wanted each drink to be unique so guests can pick their favorite."
click to enlarge Get your shots at Lolo's Surf Cantina. - PHOTO BY ALICE MORENO FOR DEEPSLEEP STUDIO
Get your shots at Lolo's Surf Cantina.
Photo by Alice Moreno for DeepSleep Studio
"La Fieyzer" ($16) is made with made with Volcán tequila blanco, jalapeño, and passionfruit. "La Antigua" ($16) is made with G4 reposado tequila, guava juice, and lime juice. Both are served in two "doses" (i.e., shots).

"La Jota y Jota" ($8), is a one-dose "shot" that's a play on a classic margarita, made with 400 Conejos mezcal, cilantro, and lime juice.

And "La Vacunita" ($8) is a virgin piña colada "shot"; it's served in two "doses."

Regarding the use of top-shelf booze, Guerrero says, "We wanted to highlight smaller tequila distillers."

Each drink is chilled and presented in a syringe, which can be shot directly into your mouth or poured into a glass over ice. "We wanted each drink to be unique so guests can pick their favorite," says Guerrero, adding that the shots are a playful way to count down to Cinco de Mayo, and a perfect way to celebrate getting the real COVID vaccine at last.

Lolo's Surf Cantina. 161 Ocean Dr.,Miami Beach; 305-735-6973;
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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