The sexy Matador Bar, in the Miami Beach EDITION hotel, has floor to ceiling windows offering the only unobstructed views of the ocean of any hotel in this hot new Mid Beach neighborhood. The stone bar’s massiveness dominates the black walnut paneled anteroom of the Matador Room by Jean Georges. In the Matador Bar’s lounge area, the ultra high walls are covered in three to five layers of bullfight photos by French photographer Lucien Clergue.
Gin and Tonic – also called G&T by devotees – is a popular summertime cocktail invented by the British. However, the simple lime-garnished highball has since been overtaken by Spain, with many variations, from fruit-based to the use of herbs and veggies, to complement the herbaceous spirit. The Spaniards serve it on the rocks in a balloon glass to open up the drink’s aromas.
The Matador Bar’s Director of Culture & Entertainment, Joshua Wagner, has adopted the Spanish method, and the payoff is these four fabulous gin & tonics.
This wonderfully aromatic highball is made with Plymouth gin, fresh rosemary sprigs and sage leaves, citrus, tonic syrup and soda.
A luscious fruit-forward cocktail mixed with Hendricks gin and passion fruit, and tonic, plus, lemon wheels and a golden berry garnish.
This excellent fiery elixir, which is surprisingly sweet, combines Plymouth gin, habanero sauce, hibiscus syrup, tonic, lime wheels with Thai Chili as garnish.
A perfectly zesty sipper mixed with Hendricks gin, ginger juice, tonic, orange slices and a ginger slice garnish.
Matador Bar details
2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786 257-4600, matadorroom.com/matador-bar, @MatadorRoom
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