Friday, August 22, 2008
Style File: Summer Drinks
We know what you're thinking. August in Miami, and it seems like those snow birds are smart to skip town. But before you start heading north for the summer. Seven's Belkys Nerey has some cocktails to help keep your cool in tonight's Style File.
WSVN -- You can't stop sweating. Your hair is expanding, and so is your power bill. Alas, it's summer in South Florida. Don't fret. We've got some cocktails to cool you off or at least numb the pain.
Fernando: "Cheers to a cool summer from the Tides Hotel."
The Tides Hotel on Ocean Drive just launched their Limoncello Popsicle Martini.
Fernando: "We're going to add rum, pineapple, continue with fresh pineapple juice."
Speed it up, and the key ingredient is their homemade Limoncello, which is an Italian lemon-infused liquor. But, for all you kid-adults, there's also a popsicle involved.
This cool treat is only eight bucks at their Friday happy hour.
If you're searching for a summer lemonade stand, hit The Raleigh hotel in South Beach for a twist on this old fashioned drink.
Crispy: "We have a fresh berry mint lemonade that has vodka in it."
Bartender: "You've got raspberries, little lime juice, muddle that up, a little mint, citrus vodka and fresh squeezed lemonade."
It's not 25 cents a glass, but you can get some great deals on summer drinks at their new Friday happy hour.
Crispy: "We're doing a happy hour from 6 till 8. You can come in and try one of our specialty drinks of that week, or come in have something that's your favorite drink at $8."
At the rooftop of the Catalina Hotel on Collins, they're taking Miami's traditional Mojito and turning it into a fruity freeze.
Ginger: "This is the Ginger Berry Twist. It's our twist on the traditional Mojito. With lemon, sugar, strawberries, vodka, mint and Canton ginger liquor."
They freeze it with the spoon inside, give it a minute in the Miami heat, and it dissolves into a slushy treat.
Nathalie, Zammit customer: "The drink's refreshing, feels good, strawberry minty. I like the fresh fruit. It gives it a little bit of pizazz."
You can also head downstairs to Kung Fu Sushi for sushi specials on ice and, get this, wasabi shots.
Ginger: "We make our own wasabi-infused vodka here, and it is on ice, and it's how we beat the summer heat."
Further down south in Coral Gables, Ra is the newest place to cool off this summer.
Megan Powell: "We are new, we are fresh, we are a rock 'n' roll sushi joint. We are all about having a good time."
Instead of an iced tea, try their Green Tea Martini, or, for a sweeter kick, the Sea Monkey. But the real storm of excitement is over their tsunami punch bowl.
Megan Powell: "There are four different liquors and then a bunch of juices. It's a melting pot, and then we put it in a big ole fish bowl. We top it with a bunch of straws for a bunch of people.
Jenelle Bahar: "It kind of reminds of me like a rum punch. It's sweet, can't really taste the liquor."
Guy: "This is for five people, totally for five people. Three people drink this they are going to have a long night."
Well, it's gong to be a long, hot summer, so sip slowly.
The drinks at Ra are very reasonable, eight to fifteen bucks.
For More Information:
RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
5829 SW 73rd St.
The Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Ave.
The Tides Hotel
1220 Ocean Drive
1732 Collins Ave.
Kung Fu Sushi
1720 Collins Ave.