Meat Market: South Beach’s glamourous take on a traditional steakhouse, Meat Market, recently unveiled its brand new, summer cocktails in time for the hot Miami summer months. New refreshing libations include Summer Berry Cobbler ($14) – blackberry puree with simple syrup, peach slices, Lustau Oloroso Dry-Seco, Mint Leaves, Bolivar Bitters and topped with Wild Berry Cider; and L’Orange Fumée ($16) – Sombra Mezcal with Blood Orange Juice, lemon juice, Campari, Ancho Reyes and Agave Nectar. A staple on the extensive cocktail menu is the selection of classics with a twist. Summer varietals include Midtown Manhattan ($15) – Dolin Sweet Vermouth with Apricot Liqueur, Angostura bitters and Old Overholt Rye; Chocolate Banana Old Fashioned ($16) – Tempus Fugit Crème De Cacao with Giffard Banana de Bresil and Zacapa 23; and Strawberry Negroni ($16) – Dolin Sweet Vermouth with Fraise des Bois, Aperol and Beefeater24. Summer cocktails are available at both Meat Market locations. Meat Market is located at 915 Lincoln Road on South Beach. Lunch served daily noon – 4PM, Crudo bar opens nightly at 5PM; and the full dinner menu is served from 6PM – midnight, Sunday – Thursday and 6PM – 1AM on Friday and Saturday. Telephone: (305) 532-0088. Meat Market Palm Beachis located at 191 Bradley Place in Palm Beach. Dinner served nightly from 4PM – midnight, Sunday – Thursday and 4PM – 1AM on Friday and Saturday. Telephone: (561) 354-9800; www.meatmarket.net.
Quality Meats Miami Beach: Head barman Bryan Schneider has devised a well-balanced and inventive cocktail list for the bar program at Quality Meats. Summer cocktails, made to rejuvenate and refresh, include the Loose Cannon, a fresh spin on tequila cocktails made with fresh pressed celery juice and a house made elixir with almost two dozen herbs and spices, served poured over ice cubes made from jalapeño juice; and the Pina Clara, a draft cocktail that will instantly transfer you to the islands of the Caribbean made with light rum, clarified pineapple and coconut. Quality Meats is located at 1501 Collins Avenue with onsite parking – a rarity on South Beach. The restaurant is open for dinner on Sunday and Monday from 6PM to 11PM and from Tuesday through Saturday until midnight. Telephone: (305) 340 3333; www.qualitymeatsmiami.
BLT Prime: Housed in the iconic Trump National Doral Hotel, BLT Prime has become one of the most acclaimed American steakhouses in South Florida due to its gorgeous setting which boasts spectacular views of the legendary Blue Monster golf course and the phenomenal menu which offers the finest cuts of USDA Prime Certified meat and fresh seafood overseen by Chef de Cuisine Dustin Ward. The restaurant and lounge is located within the resort clubhouse lobby with comfortable seating and a dramatic circular bar. BLT Prime is unveiling new summer cocktails, ranging between $14 – $16, which include four new house cocktails; A Year in Provence – Veev Acai, lemon juice, lavender infused agave syrup; Bamboo Forest – Matcha infused botanist gin, sake, Absinthe, crème de Violette, St. Germaine, pampalamousse; Mr. Potter’s Tea – Black tea infused vodka, lemon juice, splash of soda; Everybody Loves Hendricks – Hendricks gin, honey dew melon puree, lemon juice, cucumber salt foam; and three new classic twist cocktails; Bridgetown Sidecar – Mt. Gay Black Barrel Rum, Frangelico, Pedro Ximenez, lemon, creole shrub, egg whites; Pink Collins – Stolichnaya Vodka, St. Germain, grapefruit juice, muddled strawberries, soda; and Basil’s Spritz – Basil infused vodka, strawberry syrup, lemon juice, soda. BLT Prime is open daily for breakfast 6AM – 10AM; lunch 11AM – 3PM. A limited afternoon menu is served 3PM – 5:30PM; dinner 5:30PM. – 10:30PM. BLT Prime is located at Trump National Doral Miami, 4400 NW 87th Avenue. Telephone: (305) 591-6606. www.bltprimemiami.com
Bistro Cassis: Midtown’s new French dining destination, Bistro Cassis offers a modern take on traditional favorites in a comfortable neighborhood setting. The restaurant’s beautiful wooden bar, salvaged from a 1920’s era hotel, is home to avant-garde concoctions perfect for the summer months, like the popular Emerald Club – Ford’s gin, fresh mint, green tea syrup, club soda and lime oil; and Sanguine – French style sangria with Pavan and fresh fruit. Guests can indulge in these refreshing signature cocktails during Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 4–7PM for $6 each, as well as their choice of $4 draft beers and $5 wine by the glass. Also new for summer, is the bistro’s bottomless brunch special featuring unlimited classic cocktails including Mimosas, Bellinis, Bloody Marys and French Sangria every Sunday afternoon from 10AM to 4PM for $19 per person.Bistro Cassis is located in Midtown Miami at 118 Buena Vista Boulevard. Lunch is served daily from 11:30AM to 4PM on Monday-Friday and from 11AM to 4PM on Saturday. Brunch is offered Sunday from 10AM to 4PM. Dinner is also served nightly from 4PM to 11PM on Monday-Thursday; until Midnight on Friday-Saturday and from 4PM to 9PM on Sunday. Telephone: (786) 577-4410; www.cassismiami.com.
Piripi: Presenting rustic Spanish cuisine amid a sleek contemporary design, Piripi’s culinary creations are as delightful to the eye as they are to the palette. The same can also be said of its innovative cocktails, which embody the true meaning of Piripi – Spanish slang for “happy” or “tipsy.” New summer-time libations on offer include the indulgent All Gussied Up – Moet and Chandon Ice Imperial Champagne with passion fruit; Spiced Melonada – Grey Goose Le Melon Vodka, cantaloupe melon and lime cordial and Shades of Blue – Lavender-infused Titos Vodka, lime juice, simple syrup and Maine blueberry preserve. Nightly drink specials on tap from 4PM to 7PM, allow guests to enjoy Piripi’s signature cocktail creations for only $10 to $11, while $8 Grey Goose and Johnny Walker Black and $10 Macallan Whiskey specials are also available. Piripi is located in the Village of Merrick Park, 320 San Lorenzo in Coral Gables. The restaurant is open Monday – Wednesday from 11:30AM to 10PM; Thursday from 11:30AM to 11PM; Friday and Saturday from 11:30AM to midnight; and on Sunday from 11:30AM to 9PM. Telephone: (305) 448-2423; www.piripimiami.com.
Kuro: Kuro, recently opened at the AAA Four-Diamond rated Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, is ready for summer with its selection of summer cocktails from award-winning mixologist Jared Boller; a protégé of famed cocktail bar maven Julie Reiner. Kuro’s handcrafted cocktails showcase fresh Japanese ingredients in modern recipes with hints of classic flavors, pairing harmoniously with Kuro’s cuisine. Summer specials include Ni – a rum based cocktail with yuzu, watermelon, Thai basil, fennel, syrup and togarashi; San – a vodka based cocktail with absinthe, shiso and grapefruit; and Ichi – a scotch based cocktail with sea salt, cucumber, lime juice and dry vermouth. Kuro is located at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at One Seminole Way in Hollywood, Florida. Dinner is served Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday, 5:30PM to 10:30PM; Friday and Saturday, 5:30PM to 11PM. Telephone: (954) 585-5333; www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com.
3030 Ocean: For over a decade, 3030 Ocean at the Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has been known for its sophisticated, yet simple locally-sourced cuisine, served in a chic, oceanfront setting. The restaurant’s elegant bar and lounge is a hotspot frequented by locals and visitors alike, offering craft cocktails and barrel-aged infusions that highlight seasonal ingredients. On deck for summer are five new libations, each priced at $14, including the Moscow Mermaid – Russian standard vodka, fresh lime juice, muddled ginger, old fashioned bitters, agave nectar and ginger beer, and Black Barrel-Aged “Negroni” – Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Campari, sweet vermouth, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur and orange bitters served “on-the-rocks.” Additional summer refreshers on offer are the Fresh Watermelon Margarita – Don Julio Blanco Tequila, fresh lemon and lime juices, fresh watermelon juice, with a sugar and cayenne rim; White Sangria – Riesling, fresh fruits and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur; Fresh Blackberry Mojito – Bacardi Superior Rum, fresh blackberries, lime, simple syrup and mint. 3030 Ocean is located at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, 3030 Holiday Drive. Dinner is served nightly beginning at 6PM; the bar is open until 1AM. Telephone: (954) 765-3030; http://www.3030ocean.com. Valet and self-parking available.