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Top Ten Martinis: From Doraku to Sustain to the Raleigh, Who's Number One?

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Smith and Wollensky
7. Smith & Wollensky
Talk

about a room with a view. The back bar at Smith & Wollensky

directly faces the Port of Miami's channel, where at any time of the day

you can watch cruise and cargo ships take up the entire vista. The gin

martinis are classic here ($14), the bartender making enough for at

least a glass and a half, leaving the small stainless steel shaker for

you to refill your icy glass at will. Order extra olives so you'll have

the correct ratio of martini-to-garnish, sit back, and pretend you're

late for boarding your round the world cruise. Ahhh...fantasies.

Laine Doss
6. Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
Wynwood

Kitchen & Bar takes its artsy neighborhood seriously with mural

covered walls both inside and outside. The bar may look hipster, but

the martinis are straight sophistication. These artistic cocktails, are

inspired by 21st century artists like Shepherd Fairey and Keny Scharf.

The Futura ($12) has our hearts and taste buds alight. A blend of

vanilla vodka, Grand Marnier, and fresh squeezed orange juice, this

martini tastes like a creamsicle with a distinct bite.

Laine Doss
5. Prelude by Barton G.
Yes,

we know Barton G. is all about the dry ice, large fruity boat drinks,

and showmanship. But allow them to make you an extra dirty Tanqueray

martini ($14) and they'll show you some mad bar skills. Your martini

comes in an extra large glass (some would call it an instant double),

garnished with three olives. Slightly cloudy to look at, slightly salty

to taste. Knock this one back and even that musical about the two witches

in Oz will seem amusing.

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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.
Contact: Laine Doss