Tax Day Food and Cocktail Specials in Miami

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Every year, that old bromide is bandied about: The only two things certain in this world are death and taxes.

We're not so sure about cheating the IRS or the Grim Reaper (we'd love to do both), but we do know that you can at least have a clever cocktail or a bite to eat.

Whether you're celebrating a nice check from Uncle Sam or plotting an escape to a country without extradition laws, here's a list of the best tax day eats and drinks in Miami.

Mercadito Midtown is offering the traditional guacamole for $4.15 today only. If you had to write an extra-large check to the government, head to Mercadito between 4 and 7 p.m. to drown your sorrows in $5 margaritas, wine, flautas, and tacos (two for $5).

Wish you could "roll" back your taxes? RA Sushi is offering guests a "Tax Day Monday" special. The South Miami restaurant is extending its happy hour from 3 p.m. till closing. That means you can chow down on more than 35 sushi, appetizer, and tapas selections ($2.25 to $7.25) and hoist a few beers, glasses of wine, or cocktails ($3 to $7) for couch change.

You might not get a refund this year, but at least you could get a "quarter back" at 1500 Degrees at Eden Roc ($16). This cocktail features muddled raspberries and Nolet's gin. Can't afford to go out? Here's the recipe:

Quarter Back


2 oz. Nolet's Gin

5 - 8 fresh raspberries

Sprig of fresh rosemary

Splash of Simple Syrup


For Garnish: 1 raspberry & 1 sprig of rosemary

Muddle fresh raspberries and rosemary till the raspberries form a thick puree. Add gin, simply syrup, and ice. Shake vigorously and pour directly into a rocks glass. Garnish with a fresh raspberry speared with a sprig of rosemary.

While you're busy filing your 1040EZ, the rich are ferreting away their funds in offshore accounts. You can make like the über-wealthy and have your own "Cayman transfer" ($14) at Living Room at the W Hotel South Beach. The cocktail features Santa Teresa Claro rum blended with Clement rhum Agricole, fresh juice, and maraschino Luxardo. Enjoy it at the bar or have your tax attorney make you one with this recipe:

The Cayman Transfer

.75 oz Santa Teresa Claro rum

.75 oz Agricole Blanc rum

.75 oz fresh lime juice

.5 oz fresh grapefruit juice

.35 oz simple syrup

.5 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liquer

Dash Angostura bitters

Lime wheels, edible flowers

for garnish

Mix all ingredients in shaker with ice; shake well. Fill tall glass with ice and gently place lime wheels face out against glass. Pour cocktail over ice; garnish with edible flowers.

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