It also marks another refresh since the June 2018 passing of Sweet Liberty's founding father, John Lermayer.
"This is an attempt to move forward. I know that John would do it better, but we had to bring things up a bit," general manager Fraser Hamilton says of the difficulty in continuing the legacy of the industry legend. Holding themselves to Lermayer's high standards, Hamilton and the award-winning bar team put their talents and creativity together to produce what might be their best menu yet.
Giant's Milk joins two other rum-based drinks in the "Tiki AF" subsection of "Fancy Cocktails": Tiki Pastelito ($16), made with Redland guava marmalade, spiced butter, and cream cheese syrup, and the Blue Zombie ($16). "Tiki is in vogue right now," Hamilton says. "These are drinks we've been trying to put out for a year. John thought that no one was ready for rhum agricole yet — the heavier stuff from Jamaica or Barbados, as opposed to the lighter Puerto Rican or Cuban rum. These are a bit more complex and showy. Everything is on fire and covered in a bunch of different garnishes."
A standout in "Fancy Cocktails" is Mom, It's a Vase... ($14). The drink — a blend of Charbay green tea vodka, passionfruit, ginger, and guajillo pepper syrup — arrives in a bong-shaped glass. Dry ice creates a smoking effect for a fun, Instagram-worthy (and legal) libation. Cardi B ($14) is named for its use of cardamom and Belvedere vodka with Amaro Nonino, raspberry, lemon, egg white, and black pepper — packing a punch just like the rapper herself.
The reverse side of the menu offers an expanded food lineup thanks to partner, creative director, and chef Michelle Bernstein. But don't worry — the cauliflower nachos aren't going anywhere.
New items include executive chef Domingo Vivas' '80s salmon tower ($22), which is basically a salmon poke bowl stacked in the retro style of a cylindrical tower using premium Scottish wild salmon. More finger food has been added, including veggie falafel poppers ($12), made with cauliflower and served with a side of turmeric house pickles and green goddess tahini using five herbs. Back by popular demand, the Cuban torta ($16) is a delicious Cuban sandwich served on Sullivan Street bread. Rounding out the diverse menu, a big bowl of French onion soup with melted Gruyère ($12) and fried duck leg à l'orange ($18) ensure there's something for everyone to enjoy till 4 a.m.
"We've always preached diversity," owner and partner Dan Binkiewicz proudly states. "That's what Sweet Liberty, and this country, is about. You can come in and get served high-quality food. There's French, Cuban, Latin, Mediterranean, American, Asian."
Adds Bernstein: "It's basically like Miami."
Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co. 237-B 20th St., Miami Beach; 305-763-8217; mysweetliberty.com.