Summer has turned to Fall, but there is still time to celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month.
Here are some great Florida restaurants and resorts that can put you in the party mood:
Down the Rabbit Hole / Miami Beach (Sense Beach House)
If you’re curious for a cocktail infused with the much sought after Bourbon Whiskey, then follow the rabbit down the hole and head to Sense Beach House’s – The Local House. The beachy-chic restaurant located in the trendy South of Fifth district of South Beach serves up a specially craft cocktail made with fresh ingredients – raspberries, mint, and lime – mixed in with ginger ale and a dot of sugar.
Sunset Sidecar Martini / Miami Beach (Red, the Steakhouse)
Tucked away in the chic SoFi (South of Fifth) area of Miami Beach, Red, the Steakhouse (one of my favorite SoFla eateries) serves more than 40 aged bourbons and whiskeys. The Sunset Sidecar Martini is traditionally served with cognac but substituted with Makers “46” bourbon to add a smooth kick. Fresh agave, juicy orange and torn mint top off this refreshing drink.
Whiskey Smash / Sarasota (The Resort at Longboat Key Club)
Overlooking scenic views of the Harbourside golf course, the Tavern & Whiskey Bar located at The Resort at Longboat Key Club offers over 100 hand-selected whiskeys from around the globe from an eclectic drink menu. In celebration of Bourbon Month, order the Whiskey Smash, made with the magnificently crafted bourbon, squeezed sweet lemon and muddled mint are added for refreshing twist, served in an ‘Old Fashioned’ glass on the rocks.
Honey Badger Sour (this drink doesn’t care) / Jupiter (Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa)
Not only is the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa known for being located in one of America’s happiest seaside towns, it also receives its notoriety for having one of the best happy hours in town, thanks to The Sandbar – Jupiter Beach’s only true beachside bar. The Sandbar’s Honey Badger Sour – one of its more popular cocktails – is comprised of Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey, Fresh Prepped Agave Sour Mix, and a sprig of fresh mint.
Bottled Heat / Clearwater Beach (Sandpearl Resort)
Steeped in history, the classic beachfront Sandpearl Resort has reintroduced a tradition dating back to 1937. In those times, since the hotel lacked a property heating system, during cold fronts, the hotel offered “bottled heat” to guests through a nip of bourbon. In the current winter months, when the temperature is projected to dip below freezing, Sandpearl Resort places cards in each room with the story of “bottled heat” and an invitation to enjoy complimentary Maker’s Mark warmth at the terrific Caretta on the Gulf restaurant. If you visit Sandpearl during warmer months, opt for a Maker’s Mark on the rocks to honor the tradition, or try the Berkshire Pork Chop with Chipotle Bourbon Glaze.
Smoke Fashion / Miami Beach (Circa 39)
Inspired by global flavors but infused with local flair, WunderBar is the eccentric craft cocktail bar inside the charming, recently renovated boutique hotel Circa 39 in the heart of Miami Beach. WunderBar’s new Corporate Mixologist Leo Holtzman, known to locals as “The Cocktail Conjuror,” just released his new cocktail menu, which is influenced by unique drinks around the world. Leo’s Smoke Fashion cocktail gives a nod to the stars and stripes with Highwest American Praire Bourbon, Carpano Antico Sweet Vermouth, maple syrup and Angostura Bitters – all poured into a maple wood smoked glass.
Stranahan’s Manhattan / St. Pete Beach, FL (The Hotel Zamora)
St. Pete Beach’s first new hotel in more than 20 years is giving guests a classic taste of the South with its Stranahan’s Manhattan in honor of National Bourbon Heritage Month. This smooth libation, made with Stranahan’s whiskey (from Colorado), sweet vermouth and muddled cherries, is best enjoyed from five stories above sea level at The Hotel Zamora’s brand new 360° Rooftop, with panoramic views and a sunset over the Gulf. As an added bonus, the property is offering up to $2 off a variety of bourbons for the entire month of September.