The Spirited Traveller: Mojitos reign over Miami's cocktail scene
The same goes for the city's cocktail scene, where classic libations go head-to-head with cutting-edge trends: homemade bitters, salt air foam-topped Margaritas, speciality ice.
However, the iconic beverage remains the classic mojito, a sunshine-appropriate rum drink which also reflects the influence of the city's robust Latin American population.
Even with the resurgent cocktail movement, the mojito reigns king, says Jennifer Massolo, former executive director of the Miami International Wine Fair. You'll find them made at almost every bar in Miami.
But not just any old mojito will do.
Whiskey and speciality rums are edging out vodka in Miami, Massolo reports, adding that there is a growing sense of pride behind the bar regarding the spirit lists and the creativity behind the proprietary cocktails.
To ease into Miami's drinks scene, Massolo recommends starting with an Aviation at Cecconi's, on the ground-floor courtyard of the members-only Soho Beach House, which she describes as a beautiful bar full of beautiful people.
Although Cecconi's is open to all, if you can find a member to take you, the second floor club bar of SBH is not to be missed, Massolo adds, for excellent cocktails made by barman Jack Colombo.
Meanwhile, in the Design District, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink also makes her shortlist.
The first restaurant in Miami to receive the Snail of Approval seal from Slow Food USA, they regard the components of their cocktails with the same
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