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The 11 Best 'Miami' Cocktails (And Where to Find Them)

June 30th, 2024 Eat & Drink
The 11 Best 'Miami' Cocktails (And Where to Find Them)

Cheers to your time in Miami with a refreshing mixed drink that reflects the local flavor, history, and culture. Whether you prefer beach classics or innovative sippers, we’ve rounded up 11 of the best cocktails that have helped shape Miami’s thriving cocktail culture (and where to find each one). Prepare to sip the flavors of South Florida in cocktail form!

1. Miami Vice

Inspired by the hit television show of the 80s, this frozen drink is for those of us who can’t make up our minds. Part rum runner, part piña colada, the tropical frozen beverage gives off ultimate beach vibes. Try a Miami Vice for yourself at Mango’s Tropical Café. The twist of color and flavor is layered and floated with 151 proof rum. 900 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach

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2. Caipirinha

Although the caipirinha is the national cocktail of Brazil, locals are catching on to the sugary citrusy cocktail and claiming it as their own. Made with cachaça (fermented sugar cane juice), cane sugar, and muddled limes, you can grab this one at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse in either traditional, passion fruit, or strawberry hibiscus varieties. 836 1st St, Miami Beach

3. Sangria Rose

Fruity, refreshing sangrias are always perfect for warm days. Set within The Sagamore Hotel, WATER LION Wine + Alchemy serves up personalized craft cocktails, an ever-evolving selection of wine, sake, and small bites that tell a story through bold and balanced flavors. Named ‘Best Wine Bar’ by Miami Herald, the whimsical wine and cocktail bar crafts the perfect take on the classic Spanish wine punch, with St-Germain elderflower liqueur, club soda, and seasonal fruit. 1671 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

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4. Mojito

The mojito conjures up white sands, turquoise waters, and blue skies, so it’s no surprise the refreshing lime and mint elixir is a must-have when visiting Miami. Visit Bolívar Restaurant Bar Lounge for the “best mojito in the world” and try one of their fruit infusion varieties. 841 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

5. Key Lime Martini

Florida takes its key lime seriously. Visit the historic Joe’s Stone Crab near South Pointe Beach for their popular Key Lime Martini with Ketel One Vodka, fresh-made key lime curd, and lime juice. 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

6. Margarita

Margaritas are the go-to libation during any tropical climate getaway. Pull up a chair at Wet Willie’s on Ocean Drive and try one of their boozy slushy margaritas with Premium Gold Tequila. This may be a chain, but Wet Willie’s has become a SoBe institution with their rainbow wall of frozen cocktails. 760 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach

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7. Cuba Libre

Spiced rum, lime juice, and coke, or, the Cuba Libre, is an incredible (yet simple) mixed drink served on the rocks. Havana 1957 in Miami Beach has an excellent selection of top shelf rums to really make this cocktail shine. 405 Española Way, Miami Beach

8. Piña Colada

Taste the tropics with fresh pineapple juice, cream of coconut, lime, and white rum. Head to Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company in Miami Beach for their take on the classic cocktail using Planteray Pineapple Rum, Cruzan Coconut Rum, Bacardi Cuatro Rum, fresh pineapple,  coconut cream, Jamaican coffee, and Pedro Ximenez wine. 237 20th St Suite B, Miami Beach

9. Hurricane

Although the Hurricane cocktail is indicative of Mardis Gras, we can thank the Miami Hurricanes for putting this drink on the map here in Magic City. Visit Locust Ocean Drive for their frozen Hurricane with passion fruit and light and dark rums. 918 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach

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10. The Sagamore Coco Loco

Besides a weekday Happy Hour and mix-and-match buckets of beer, hard seltzers, wine, and canned cocktails, Baba’s Beach Bar within The Sagamore Hotel has an impressive menu of house and frozen cocktails, all of which can be served in a pitcher if you’re in a sharing mood. But it’s the Coco Loco that makes this Top 10 list. Served in our signature coconut, the frozen drink is made with Santa Zacapa 23 rum, piña colada, and coconut water. 1671 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

11. Miami Mule

Credited with making vodka popular in the United States, the Moscow Mule has undergone a resurgence of sorts in recent years. Made with vodka, ginger beer, lime, and mint - the Mule is simplicity at its finest. Taco Taco South Beach gives the cocktail a Miami twist, adding tequila instead of vodka, bitters, and sans mint, dubbing it the ‘Miami Mule,’ naturally. 1720 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

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Make The Sagamore Hotel your home base during your South Beach getaway and visit Baba’s Beach Bar to grab a fruity cocktail to sip poolside. Share a photo of your visit with us at #SagamoreSouthBeach and if you don’t already, keep up with us by following The Sagamore’s Instagram.

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