4

World Cocktail Week Starts Today: Doma Polo Bistro Introduces Molecular Mixology Cocktails, Pre-Prohibition Classics

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

With World Cocktail Week running from May 6 to 13, it's the perfect time to pause and take stock of Miami's rapidly improving mixology landscape. More than a few creative minds are hard at work creating craft cocktails, leaving the Red Bull vodkas and Jack and Cokes in the well-deserved dust. One such artist is Sergio Fernandez, an award-winning bartender and the man behind Doma Polo Bistro's soon-to-launch mixology menu.

Part of the impetus behind Fernandez's new additions is molecular mixology -- a craft practiced by only a small percentage of those behind the bar. It is, in essence, the art of applying molecular gastronomy to cocktails -- i.e., the branch of food science where the chemical and physical transformation of food is explored using various techniques. Think suspended gels, foams, and spheres of various ingredients.

Inspired by the famous Ferrán Adrià's molecular gastronomy efforts at Spain's El Bulli restaurant, Fernandez, a Barcelona native, has been educating himself and experimenting with the concept for quite awhile. "It's about surprising your customer with the food, making it tasteful and fun," he says. "I transformed all that knowledge into mixing drinks."

To say Fernandez is highly trained would be an understatement. His certifications and experience include Court of Master Sommelier Level I, Beverage Alcohol Resource NYC (B.A.R.), Magna cum Laude Certified Wine and Spirits Professional Premier Group, and Master Sommelier Virginia Phillip Summer Wine Program.

With all of this education, Fernandez is introducing a new menu of cocktail options at the Argentine steak house, including one molecular mixology concoction per week. The new additions will join classic, pre-Prohibition recipes such as the Blood & Sand, the Singapore Sling, and Raffles Gin Fizz.

Short Order was lucky enough to sit down with Fernandez for a display of his mixology skills and a showcase of some of his upcoming menu additions. They include:

"James Bellini"

A tribute to LeBron James that replaces the standard peach purée with a jelly-like sphere.

White Hot Mojito

Mint and peach "caviar" pearls in a martini-style mojito, in honor of the Miami Heat.

Caipirinha with Passionfruit

Solid, edible cups with a creamy passionfruit foam.

Gin Martini Olives

Green olives stuffed with gin jelly.

Piña Colada Geometry

Alcohol-infused coconut and pineapple cubes in various shapes.

Radioactive Melon Splash

A glow-in-the-dark, fluorescent-green concoction.

Happy Spoons With Liquor Pearls

Spoons lined with various liquor spheres, from straight gin to piña colada to passionfruit.

The new menu rolls out today, so be sure to stop by weekly to check out the rotating additions. Cheers to that.

Follow Short Order on Facebook, on Twitter @Short_Order, and Instagram @ShortOrder.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.