Even America’s hottest, flashiest, sexiest party cities aren’t immune to the craft cocktail movement. Just look at what’s been quietly happening in Miami.
The city’s growing number of craft cocktail bars have managed to go beyond the Mojito without losing themselves in a race to keep up with the serious, stirred cocktail craze that almost ate New York. The result is a culture that maintains a local flavor. And the men and women behind the sticks of Miami’s cocktail revolution are advancing the cause by embracing what’s around them—both the bounty of ingredients and the unique culture.
Miami’s craft cocktail scene is a little younger and a lot less pervasive than, say, San Francisco, New York or Chicago. But over the last five years or so, it has become nationally relevant, boosted by a recent restaurant renaissance. “Once a city goes through a food revolution, a cocktail revolution is right behind it,” says celebrated bartender and Miami Beach cocktail bar owner John Lermayer.