The Broken Shaker Kumquat South Side (Drink of the Week)

So much of South Beach is about style over substance, but thanks to The Sydell Group and seasoned bartenders Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta from Bar Lab, a small pocket of the island has become a care-free cocktail getaway. Broken Shaker resides behind the Freehand Miami Hostel, a surprisingly inviting Art Deco property with brick-lined paths, lounge chair-framed pool, and plant-lined yard with ping pong table, oversized Jenga board, and the occasional live reggae performance. Zvi and Orta have populated Broken Shaker’s bar with shelves of house-made bitters, tinctures and syrups that draw on seasonal, global flavors.

My drink of choice didn’t rely on alchemy. Instead, it was a play on the South Side cocktail, named for Chicago’s South Side. However, in this case, Kumquat South Side ($11) incorporated tart Florida kumquats, “a touch” of sweet citrus, shaken with a base of Bombay dry gin. Garnishes consisted of aromatic kumquat and chocolate mint, served tall, on a sizable bed of ice. Sitting poolside in Miami’s warm winter air, this was a seriously refreshing drink.

Address: 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33140, USA
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