Heading into mid-summer calls for cool libations. I’ll be featuring some terrific summer cocktails in the next couple of weeks. If you have a favorite, email me and let me know.
It’s thyme to sip at Chez l’Epicier
Using fresh herbs, fruits and veggies in crisp cocktails means a bit o’ health along with your choice of spirits. At Chez l’Epicier (288 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 561/508-7030), a star is the Vodka Thyme Lemonade (pictured). Frankly, with vodka, lemonade, thyme and muddled lemons, we will have several. Other house faves are the “Gin-ger Cilantro Martini” and the classic Palm Beach Mojito.
A Swine & Dine and full moon at Brandon’s Palm Beach
The beachfront terrace at Kimpton Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa (2842 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561/540-6440) is beautiful on any night, but with a full moon on July 19, it should be spectacular. Add to that an oceanside communal dinner, with roasted suckling pig and brews from Hollywood Brewing Co., and you have a fun kick-off at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per person, and this is the first of a planned series of Full Moon Dinners, scheduled through October.
Take a mini-cation to Miami Beach SoFi’s South of Spice night
Here’s your chance to see what the chefs in Miami Beach are all about. And we’re giving you three weeks’ notice!
On July 26, at least 11 restaurants in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth ‘hood (SoFi, get it?) band together, starting at 6 p.m., to give foodies an all-access pass to one night of culinary delights. Along with the eateries presenting tastes and sips, there are ride sponsors, like miRide, with a chauffeured set of wheels that stop at the restaurants, along with the Mondrian hotel offering special rates ($149/studio; $189/one bedroom) for the evening. There will also be entertainment at some of the venues. It’s a can’t-miss yummy plan. Tickets to the South of Spice event are $45, and are found here.
P.S. – Get $5 off the tickets when you enter the code “livingfla” at online checkout.
Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.