Name a more sophisticated drink than a gin and tonic — we’ll wait. The classic gin and tonic gives you a taste of old-world refinement with an invigorating zest of lime. But now, Miami bartenders are taking the cocktail to new heights, thanks to adventurous mix-ins and premium spirits like The Botanist’s dry gin, made with more than 22 hand-foraged botanicals from the Isle of Islay in Scotland. Such a refreshing cocktail is perfect for fall weather in Miami; in the Sunshine State’s most vibrant city, it feels like summer all year round.Read More
Miami’s Best Gin and Tonics to Drink Right Now
1. Del Frisco's Grille
Make a reservation at trendy Del Frisco’s Grille in Fort Lauderdale for steaks, seafood, and cocktails with a modern twist. At Del Frisco’s, you can enjoy decadent takes on classic café bites, from artichoke beignets to cauliflower steak frites. One of Del Frisco’s signature cocktails, a Spanish gin and tonic, will round out your meal with some sweet and bitter flavors. For the Spanish gin and tonic, your bartender will mix The Botanist gin with 18.21 Apple Cardamom Shrub and Fever Tree Indian Tonic, a refreshing twist on the perennial favorite cocktail.
2. Beaker & Gray
When you go to Beaker & Gray, expect elegance. In this Wynwood eatery, you can cozy up in low-lit booths, pick a spot in the glowing dining room, eat outside in the perfect fall weather, or sit at the bar and partake of Beaker & Gray’s massive liquor offering. Try a refreshing twist on the classic gin and tonic, The Forager, made with The Botanist gin, Bonal (an earthy French aperitif), coriander syrup, lemon juice, tonic, and garnished with Thai basil and a lemon wheel. Pair that with a plate of cold hamachi or Spanish octopus and dinner will feel like a day at the spa.
3. Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company
This popular bar boasts what locals and travelers alike call one of Miami Beach’s best happy hours. At Sweet Liberty, well-crafted cocktails meet Southern cuisine in a stylish setting that exudes retro flare. For your gin and tonic fix, order what Sweet Liberty calls “Our Gin & Tonic #2” with The Botanist gin, Sweet Liberty Tonka Tonic, jalapeno slices, pomegranate seeds, and ground pink peppercorn. Good thing it’s still in the 80s in Miami, because this drink tastes like a summer day by the pool.
4. Repour Bar
Inside a small, no-frills hotel near Miami Beach, the hip gem that is Repour is just waiting to be discovered. With its eclectic furniture, herbaceous craft cocktails, and spiked jam, Repour proves it’s not your average cocktail bar. This place has a friendly vibe; you might come for the cocktails, but you’ll stay for the low-key party. Try the Zen and Tonic: The Botanist gin, yuzu tonic, and frozen Japanese melon cubes serving as ice cubes garnished with Asian pear, Buddha’s hand fruit zest, and a shisho leaf.
5. Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery
This popular rum bar is the reincarnation of a much-beloved bar that shut its doors in 2018. Swizzle Rum Bar reopened with a New York City-esque flair in the summer of 2019 inside the Stiles Hotel to great fanfare. Now they’re back to slinging cocktails for locals and visitors alike. Grab a fun drink like a rum runner or go tropical with the Drinkery G&T. Riffing on the classic, it’s a potent mix of The Botanist, Creme de Yvette, and a spray of absinthe topped with tonic — but most fun are the flaming blackberries and sage on top of the lemon peel and lime wedge garnish.
6. Mondrian South Beach Hotel
For a South Beach staycation, you can’t beat the views at the Mondrian Hotel, or the pool. Indulge in a pre- or post-dinner drink (or even for a post-spa treatment cocktail) and sidle up to the bar for their version of the G&T, the Botanical Garden. The refreshing take includes The Botanist gin, vanilla liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup, and a sprig of rosemary.
7. InterContinental Miami
Bluewater, the rooftop bar at the InterContinental Miami Hotel, offers some of the city’s most breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. Every Friday, you can dance the night away with live salsa music while soaking in the unbeatable panorama of the ocean. Stay hydrated with a classic gin and tonic or go for the green vibe with The Last Garden G&T, a riff with The Botanist gin, green chartreuse, cucumber water, muddled jalapenos, and tonic.
8. Cafe La Trova
If you’ve come to Miami looking for authentic Cuban flavor, no trip is complete without a visit to Café La Trova on the famous Calle Ocho in the heart of Little Havana. Distressed walls, palm trees, and the antique truck out front will make you feel like you’ve walked into the real Havana itself. While you’re chowing down on Cuban classics like short ribs and empanadas, take the traditional gin and tonic up a notch with some Cuban flavor as well. The Botánico & Tonic is a mix of gin, cucumber, dill, lime juice, simple syrup, and Bittercube Jamaican No. 2 bitters, making it a truly unique take on a gin and tonic that you have to try.
This restaurant and cocktail lounge in Brickell takes Asian fusion cuisine and adds a spark of opulence. Bamboo adornments give the bar a jungle ambiance; add that to the restaurant’s adventurous dishes and you’ll feel like you’re on an adventure. Order some small plates from the robata grill, like teriyaki salmon or wagyu beef, and sip on something citrusy and light, like the Marion Gin & Tonic with The Botanist, Fever Tree Tonic, cinnamon, and cucumber.
10. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
On a secluded barrier island alongside golden beaches, you’ll find the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne and its many dining options. If you’re vacationing at the Ritz, grab a drink at the Cantina Beach poolside bar or the posh Rumbar off the lobby. For dinner, swing by the hotel’s restaurant, Lightkeepers, which has a nautical appeal inspired by the Cape Florida Lighthouse. Lightkeepers keeps its offerings simple. You can order a whole spring chicken or an Australian rack of lamb and really taste the flavor of the meat. In such a refined setting, you can’t go wrong with the Rosemary Refresh G&T, made with The Botanist gin, Q Tonic, grapefruit zest, and a sprig of rosemary.