Photographs from Margarita Day with Mezcal Unión on 2/21/24

We were pleased to join Mezcal Union for their Margarita Day celebration at Dante’s HiFi. Great little spot with a wall of old records. Be sure to check it out and get you one of those Mezcal Union drinks. Here are a couple of unique drinks you can make at home.

1) Golden Hour Margarita
1.25 oz Mezcal Unión Uno
0.25 oz Chile Liqueur
0.75 oz Clarified lime juice
0.75 oz Golden Milk (turmeric milk) *

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until the cocktail is thoroughly chilled. Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a dehydrated orange half and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Garnish: Dehydrated orange half & rosemary
Glassware: Rocks
Ice: Cubes

*Golden Milk Recipe
2 cups coconut milk
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
0.25 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch black pepper
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
Instructions: Add ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Give the mixture a good stir and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Make sure to stir it occasionally so that the turmeric powder and cinnamon don’t clump up.

2) El Melocotonero Margarita

1 oz Mezcal Unión Uno
0.75 oz sherry
0.5 oz peach liqueur
0.5 oz agave nectar
0.5 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of Orange Bitters

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until the cocktail is thoroughly chilled. Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint speared through a peach ring candy.

Garnish: Mint sprig & peach ring candy
Glassware: Rocks
Ice: Cubes

Below are photos from the private, invite-only event.

Pictures of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival 5/23/21

Thankfully, The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) returned for 2021! It is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Its 20th anniversary will take place May 20-23, 2021.All proceeds from the Festival benefit the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.

This year they opened with limited capacity and fewer events due to the pandemic. We stopped by the Grand Tasting on Sunday afternoon. The weather was spectacular and the energy was high. In fact, there was an excited buzz in the that had been dimming the past few years.

Photographs – Dogfish Head Brewery Media Preview on 5/18/21

Finally back out into the night! It felt so good to be covering an event again, finally. The opening of Dogfish Head Brewery, in the beloved Concrete Beach location, was the perfect thing for it. We were delighted to hear that Dogfish Head has the same dedication to localness as Concrete Beach. They have a variety of interesting beer flavors and are even including fruit beers, as befits a south Florida brewery.

Doghead Beach Brewery open to the public on Friday, May, 21, at 3:00pm. They are located at 325 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127 in Wynwood.

Reflections of Taste Jamaica at #SoBeWFF on 2/21/20

This year for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, we attended the Friday night party at the National Hotel called Taste Jamaica. And, wow, we did! This was easily one of the best events we have been to in a long time. There was a good crowd, but the lines for food were not too long. It was plentiful and quickly served. All of it was so good, we could not pick favorites. Hopefully they will bring it back for next year!

Reflections of Miami Rum Congress 2020 on 2/8/20

The Miami Rum Congress 2020 hosted more than twenty experts from the rum industry. There were seminars about the latest topics in the fields of distillery, premiumization, and cocktail culture. This is a show for real aficionados. The most exciting part, of course, was the grand tasting, where you could try dozens of different Rums from all over the world. Tastings are one of our favorite activities because it gives you a chance to find new favorites at minimal expense. We had an awesome time and definitely discovered some flavors we will be adding to our list! If you missed it this year, definitely keep an eye on Soul Of Miami for news about next year.