Fall is here, which means oversized sweaters, chunky scarves, and crisp weather — unless you live in South Florida, where temperatures soar into the 80s well into December.
Instead, Miami denizens cozy up to the bar to get their seasonal fix. Bartenders are shaking up fall cocktails that'll transport you to a picturesque northeastern town where orange leaves blanket the streets.
Say so long to summer's fruity libations and welcome a collection of cocktails rich in cinnamon, coffee, and smoke. From sherry-based concoctions to a spicy old-fashioned, go beyond the pumpkin spice latte and explore South Florida's most creative fall cocktails.
Beaker & Gray2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami
The Wynwood cocktail destination is shaking up the Cobb's Robler ($13). It marries Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Scotch, walnut, cinnamon, cream sherry, and bitters to create the liquid equivalent of a warm, cozy sweater ($13).
Jaguar Sun230 NE Fourth St., Miami
Will Thompson and Carey Hynes of Jaguar Sun have created autumnal pleasures such as the Jailbreak ($13). A trifecta of spirits — bourbon, Japanese whisky, and Haitian rum — is served with a dash of coffee. Tequila fans should try the Volcano Rabbit ($12), a spicy mix of their favorite spirt, espresso, cinnamon, and Grand Marnier.
La Estación American Brassiere550 NW First Ave., Miami
Inside Central Fare — Virgin MiamiCentral's food hall — La Estación offers the Toki Can ($11). The cocktail blends Japanese whisky, Chambord, fresh blackberries, mint, and a splash of cranberry juice.
Mandrake210 23rd St., Miami Beach
Head to Mandrake for an Asian riff on a classic cocktail. The Shinshi old-fashioned ($14) — made with Basil Hayden's bourbon, cinnamon syrup, and two dashes of cardamom bitters — comes crowned with a citrus peel and torched cinnamon stick.
Matador Room2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
The Stay Woke ($19) at Miami Beach's Matador Room combines Havana Club rum, St. George coffee liqueur, a splash of cold brew, cardamom, toasted peanuts, banana foam, and nutmeg in a glass garnished with house-made chocolate bark.
Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery1120 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Nestled inside the Stiles Hotel, Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery offers more than 150 rums for the tasting. Sit at the intimate 24-seat bar and try an Old Marley ($14). The hazy concoction fuses Redemption rye whiskey, Appleton Estate Reserve rum, Swedish Punsch liqueur, Rum Rire Jamaican overproof rum, and bitters infused with applewood smoke. One sip will transport you to a cabin in the woods.
Toro Toro100 Chopin Plaza, Miami
Swap your coveted pumpkin spice latte for the Calabaza Smash ($15). Toro Toro's signature fall cocktail is shaken with Starbucks pumpkin spice syrup, Tito's vodka, ginger, lime, and cream and served in a glass with a crushed-graham-cracker rim.
Wolfgang's Steakhouse315 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami
The waterfront Wolfgang's Steakhouse is offering an autumn-inspired cocktail menu. Favorites are the Gentleman and the Antidote. The Gentleman is aptly crafted with Gentleman Jack Bourbon, Amaro Averna, and Calvados and is served in a champagne coupe. The Antidote pays homage to fall via blended Scotch, Lagavulin single-malt Scotch, and a ginger sprig. Drink prices range from $12 to $15.
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