Because it’s Friday and Christmas shopping is at full tilt—then you collapse and you need a colorful, creative cocktail. It seems drinks are never as beautiful as during December. Maybe that’s because they are so welcome, with chaos and family.
Here are libations to keep you singing “Fa la la la la” from Palm Beach to Miami-Dade counties. Enjoy the beautiful cocktail photos and then order one—or two!
Palm Beach County
The Lump of Coal Fashion is made with Bulleit Frontier Bourbon, Bulleit Rye, Pine Syrup, pine, wood & aromatic bitters, with activated charcoal and torched rosemary. 4580 Donald Ross Road, Palm Beach Gardens; 561/360-3063
The Smoked Old Fashioned is made with bourbon, Angostura Bitters, Bordeaux cherry smoked with oak over ice. All locations.
The BC Coquito is made with Oak & Cane rum, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, coconut cream, condensed milk, half and half, and allspice mix. One N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/302-6460; burlockcoast.com
Lona Cocina y Tequileria
The Choco Loco Margarita is made with Espolon Reposado, Aanbieden Chocolate liqueur, Cointreau, Abuelita’s chocolate syrup and heavy cream. 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/245-3069; lonarestaurant.com
The 90 Miles is made with white rum, plantain puree and lime. 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove; 305/640-5862; arietemiami.com
The Yellow Lotus is made with Corzo Silver Tequila, lime juice, ginger juice, pineapple juice, passion fruit syrup, house-made mango and ginger jam, served in a snifter over a large ice sphere. With orchids. Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/538-2000; fontainebleau.com
StripSteak by Michael Mina
The El Guapo is made with Revolucion Silver Tequila infused with cacao, Gracias a Dios Espadin Reposado Mezcal, Averno amaro, pineapple juice and burnt orange garnish. Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/538-2000; fontainebleau.com
Scarpetta by Scott Conant
The Campania (pictured) is made with Facundo Eximo Rum, Boulard Solage Calvados VSOP, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, organic agave nectar and lemon juice. Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/538-2000; fontainebleau.com
One of the most beautiful drinks I’ve ever had, and it tasted just as beautiful is the Rose Martini (pictured), made with sake, Champagne and rose. The Setai, 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 855/923-7899; thesetaihotel.com/jaya.php
The Flannel is made with spiced rum, allspice dram, chocolate bitters, fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne; 305/365-4156; lightkeepersmiami.com