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11 Miami Bars With Festive Rum Cocktails for the Holiday Season

The Magic City has some top-notch wintry cocktails

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In Miami, we do the holidays a little differently. What we might lack in traditional winter staples like “snowfall” and “temperatures below 80 degrees,” we more than make up for with palm trees wrapped in lights and creamy coquito, a Puerto Rican holiday tradition made with rum and coconut milk. It’s a fantastic way to add rum to your holiday celebrations — but not the only way.

Some of Miami’s most beloved bars and restaurants have created rum cocktails perfect for the season. There are, of course, the standard daiquiris and rum runners, but venture deeper into our cocktail culture and you’ll find rum blended with everything from crème de menthe to pineapple and ginger. Here’s a look at 11 spots in the Magic City putting out exceptional rum drinks for the holidays.

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The Strand at Carillon

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With all the eating and drinking one does during the holidays, taking a day out for wellness is a wise idea. Book a day at the Carillon, where you can enjoy an afternoon of vibrational therapy and deep-tissue massage at its award-winning spa, then fuel up with a healthy meal at its seaside restaurant the Strand. Of course, “wellness” doesn’t mean “cut out everything you enjoy,” so you can still splurge a little with a tipple before dinner. Try the Lost in Paradise made with Santa Teresa 1796, orange liqueur, carrot juice, lime juice, honey spiced syrup, and egg whites.

Lost in Paradise at the Strand Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

MIA Market

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While this spacious food hall atop Miami’s Design District boasts everything from sushi to steak is a regular hangout for lunch, don’t sleep on it as an after-work drinks locale. The big bar has plenty of seats and mixes up cocktails that might be some of South Florida’s tastiest. For the holidays, they’ve crafted the Sueño Navideño, a creamy holiday concoction made with Santa Teresa 1796, cognac, coconut, vanilla, almond, both condensed milk and evaporated milk, cinnamon, and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Sueño Navideño at MIA Market Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

Broken Shaker

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What is the holiday season in Miami if not a time to lounge outside and enjoy a drink by a swimming pool with carols playing in the background? You can do exactly that in an entire grove of illuminated tropical foliage at the Broken Shaker, where craft cocktails are served on the lush back patio of the Freehand Hotel. Find a comfy chair or a spot by the pool and peruse a drink menu many say is Miami’s best. Those who just can’t let go of pumpkin flavors will delight in the Pumpkin Thunder: BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, homemade pumpkin five-spice syrup, and espresso.

Pumpkin Thunder at Broken Shaker Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

Esotico

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Miami’s trippy tiki paradise is a great place to spend the holiday season. While there’s no promise of tiki mugs shaped like Santa, you’ll still find plenty of quirky glassware ranging from Elvis Presley to whole coconuts. Put a tropical twist on December by immersing yourself in this Polynesian wonderland, then order a Holiday Affair with BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, cranberry-ginger syrup, lemon juice, and aromatic saline drops.

the Holiday Affair at Esotico Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

The ScapeGoat

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The trendy South-of-Fifth section of South Beach is packed with some of the city’s top restaurants, so it might be easy to overlook this hole-in-the-wall cocktail lounge. At the ScapeGoat, locals and curious tourists mingle over imported beer and interesting cocktails. The packed space almost makes it feel like winter up north, where patrons wedge themselves inside to escape the cold. Those wintry feelings will be quickly forgotten when you order a tropical Banana Boat, with Santa Teresa 1796, banana liqueur, cinnamon syrup lime juice, and angostura bitters.

the Banana Boat at the ScapeGoat Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

Better Days

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A neighborhood dive bar is the ideal place to celebrate the holiday season. At least it is if said dive is Better Days, the low-ceiling drinking parlor that’s fueled many a late-night escapade. The bar’s quirky, self-deprecating attitude shows through in its lineup of holiday drinks, highlighted by the Yippee Ki Yay Motherf***er, a tribute to a popular action-packed Christmas movie made with Havana Club Clásico, ube and coconut orgeat, and pineapple juice. It might not give you the liquid courage to save Nakatomi Plaza, but it might just give you enough nerve to challenge the cutie in the corner to a game of pool.

the Yippee Ki Yay Motherf***er at Better Days Anthony Nader, 52 Chefs

Café la Trova

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Recently named one of the top 50 bars in the world, Café la Trova is a true trip back to the Havana of a bygone era. Inside you’ll find a live Cuban band playing classics from the old days, while a team of bartenders decked out in their black-tie finest mixes some of the top cocktails in the city. The brains behind the operation is Julio Cabrera, an award-winning mixologist who brought this gift to the neighborhood he grew up in. You won’t go wrong with anything on his drink menu, but if you want to get in the festive spirit, go for the Holiday Colada with BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, pina colada mix, pineapple, toasted coconut, and coffee beans.

the Holiday Colada at Café la Trova Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

Ball & Chain

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The party seemingly never stops at this iconic Little Havana music venue, where decades ago jazz legends once took the stage until the wee hours of the morning. Today, you can sneak out back into Ball & Chain’s verdant courtyard and hear local bands play under the pineapple bandshell. Or post up inside under the Dade County pine ceilings and enjoy light Cuban bites while you soak up the history. For the holidays, forego the usual mojito and try something seasonal like the Ginger Ball: BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, gingerbread syrup, and homemade eggnog.

the Ginger Ball at Ball & Chain Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

Eating House

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Eating House chef Giorgio Rapicivoli puts as much love into his cocktail menu as he does into the food that’s made this place a Coral Gables mainstay. Even if you’re stopping in for Cap n’ Crunch pancakes during the well-known Sunday brunch, you’ll delight in washing it down with the Mantis: cacao nib-infused Havana Club Clásico, cognac, crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and vanilla bitters.

The Mantis at Eating House Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

Amelia's 1931

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An unassuming strip mall on the fringes of the Everglades doesn’t inherently seem like a spot that would be serving up some of the best cocktails west of the Turnpike. But its hidden-in-plain-sight appeal is exactly what makes Amelia’s so cool. Step into what looks like a typical suburban dry cleaners, walk through a rack of hanging clothes, and you’re transported to early 20th-century New York City, where Latin-Asian fusion cuisine fills the tables and big band music fills the air. Try the Leche con Café — a clarified coquito made with Havana Club rum and coffee foam — on your next visit to the speakeasy. 

the Leche con Café at Amelia’s 1931 Cristian Gonzalez, @CG.Mediaa

The concept of fine dining has changed a bit over the past decade or so, and now in addition to white tablecloths and exquisite food, an upscale restaurant has to have a solid cocktail menu too. Fiola — an Italian spot whose original location in Washington, D.C. earned itself a Michelin star — fits the bill. The food is fantastic at the Gables location, where you’ll enjoy specialties like wagyu beef cappelletti and yellowfin tuna alla puttanesca. Cap off the feast with a Winter in Miami, made with Santa Teresa Speyside Whisky Cask rum, holiday cordial, lime, maple syrup, and dry curacao.

Winter in Miami at Fiola Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture
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The Strand at Carillon

With all the eating and drinking one does during the holidays, taking a day out for wellness is a wise idea. Book a day at the Carillon, where you can enjoy an afternoon of vibrational therapy and deep-tissue massage at its award-winning spa, then fuel up with a healthy meal at its seaside restaurant the Strand. Of course, “wellness” doesn’t mean “cut out everything you enjoy,” so you can still splurge a little with a tipple before dinner. Try the Lost in Paradise made with Santa Teresa 1796, orange liqueur, carrot juice, lime juice, honey spiced syrup, and egg whites.

Lost in Paradise at the Strand Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

MIA Market

While this spacious food hall atop Miami’s Design District boasts everything from sushi to steak is a regular hangout for lunch, don’t sleep on it as an after-work drinks locale. The big bar has plenty of seats and mixes up cocktails that might be some of South Florida’s tastiest. For the holidays, they’ve crafted the Sueño Navideño, a creamy holiday concoction made with Santa Teresa 1796, cognac, coconut, vanilla, almond, both condensed milk and evaporated milk, cinnamon, and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Sueño Navideño at MIA Market Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

Broken Shaker

What is the holiday season in Miami if not a time to lounge outside and enjoy a drink by a swimming pool with carols playing in the background? You can do exactly that in an entire grove of illuminated tropical foliage at the Broken Shaker, where craft cocktails are served on the lush back patio of the Freehand Hotel. Find a comfy chair or a spot by the pool and peruse a drink menu many say is Miami’s best. Those who just can’t let go of pumpkin flavors will delight in the Pumpkin Thunder: BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, homemade pumpkin five-spice syrup, and espresso.

Pumpkin Thunder at Broken Shaker Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

Esotico

Miami’s trippy tiki paradise is a great place to spend the holiday season. While there’s no promise of tiki mugs shaped like Santa, you’ll still find plenty of quirky glassware ranging from Elvis Presley to whole coconuts. Put a tropical twist on December by immersing yourself in this Polynesian wonderland, then order a Holiday Affair with BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, cranberry-ginger syrup, lemon juice, and aromatic saline drops.

the Holiday Affair at Esotico Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

The ScapeGoat

The trendy South-of-Fifth section of South Beach is packed with some of the city’s top restaurants, so it might be easy to overlook this hole-in-the-wall cocktail lounge. At the ScapeGoat, locals and curious tourists mingle over imported beer and interesting cocktails. The packed space almost makes it feel like winter up north, where patrons wedge themselves inside to escape the cold. Those wintry feelings will be quickly forgotten when you order a tropical Banana Boat, with Santa Teresa 1796, banana liqueur, cinnamon syrup lime juice, and angostura bitters.

the Banana Boat at the ScapeGoat Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

Better Days

A neighborhood dive bar is the ideal place to celebrate the holiday season. At least it is if said dive is Better Days, the low-ceiling drinking parlor that’s fueled many a late-night escapade. The bar’s quirky, self-deprecating attitude shows through in its lineup of holiday drinks, highlighted by the Yippee Ki Yay Motherf***er, a tribute to a popular action-packed Christmas movie made with Havana Club Clásico, ube and coconut orgeat, and pineapple juice. It might not give you the liquid courage to save Nakatomi Plaza, but it might just give you enough nerve to challenge the cutie in the corner to a game of pool.

the Yippee Ki Yay Motherf***er at Better Days Anthony Nader, 52 Chefs

Café la Trova

Recently named one of the top 50 bars in the world, Café la Trova is a true trip back to the Havana of a bygone era. Inside you’ll find a live Cuban band playing classics from the old days, while a team of bartenders decked out in their black-tie finest mixes some of the top cocktails in the city. The brains behind the operation is Julio Cabrera, an award-winning mixologist who brought this gift to the neighborhood he grew up in. You won’t go wrong with anything on his drink menu, but if you want to get in the festive spirit, go for the Holiday Colada with BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, pina colada mix, pineapple, toasted coconut, and coffee beans.

the Holiday Colada at Café la Trova Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

Ball & Chain

The party seemingly never stops at this iconic Little Havana music venue, where decades ago jazz legends once took the stage until the wee hours of the morning. Today, you can sneak out back into Ball & Chain’s verdant courtyard and hear local bands play under the pineapple bandshell. Or post up inside under the Dade County pine ceilings and enjoy light Cuban bites while you soak up the history. For the holidays, forego the usual mojito and try something seasonal like the Ginger Ball: BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, gingerbread syrup, and homemade eggnog.

the Ginger Ball at Ball & Chain Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

Eating House

Eating House chef Giorgio Rapicivoli puts as much love into his cocktail menu as he does into the food that’s made this place a Coral Gables mainstay. Even if you’re stopping in for Cap n’ Crunch pancakes during the well-known Sunday brunch, you’ll delight in washing it down with the Mantis: cacao nib-infused Havana Club Clásico, cognac, crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and vanilla bitters.

The Mantis at Eating House Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

Amelia's 1931

An unassuming strip mall on the fringes of the Everglades doesn’t inherently seem like a spot that would be serving up some of the best cocktails west of the Turnpike. But its hidden-in-plain-sight appeal is exactly what makes Amelia’s so cool. Step into what looks like a typical suburban dry cleaners, walk through a rack of hanging clothes, and you’re transported to early 20th-century New York City, where Latin-Asian fusion cuisine fills the tables and big band music fills the air. Try the Leche con Café — a clarified coquito made with Havana Club rum and coffee foam — on your next visit to the speakeasy. 

the Leche con Café at Amelia’s 1931 Cristian Gonzalez, @CG.Mediaa

Fiola

The concept of fine dining has changed a bit over the past decade or so, and now in addition to white tablecloths and exquisite food, an upscale restaurant has to have a solid cocktail menu too. Fiola — an Italian spot whose original location in Washington, D.C. earned itself a Michelin star — fits the bill. The food is fantastic at the Gables location, where you’ll enjoy specialties like wagyu beef cappelletti and yellowfin tuna alla puttanesca. Cap off the feast with a Winter in Miami, made with Santa Teresa Speyside Whisky Cask rum, holiday cordial, lime, maple syrup, and dry curacao.

Winter in Miami at Fiola Guillaume Jubien, Spirited Capture

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