Recently, we caught globe-trotting mixologist Nico de Soto in the Magic City, where he presented his new Asian-influenced cocktails created for the winter menu at KAIDO and it’s hidden bar, AMA. The charming, Parisian-born Nico is the creative genius behind the cocktail program at renowned restaurateur and chef Brad Kilgore’s dark-lit, yet stunningly decored, cocktail lounge and restaurant in Miami‘s fashionable Design District.
That fortuitous evening, we became “bar stool travelers” while de Soto took us on a cocktail tasting tour of the unique flavors from the many fascinating countries of Asia – from Bangladesh to Vietnam, and if you visit KAIDO in Miami, you can also experience these phenomenal cocktails:
Aromatic and spirit-forward; Monkey 47 Gin, Campari, Mancino Sakura Vermouth, Fair Goji Liqueur and Osmanthus Flower (small, flower native to Southern China; cooked Sous Vide).
Flavorful, tangy and creamy; 1615 Pisco Infused Rose Petals, Rectified Pomegranate, Almond Orgeat, Poppy Seeds and Cucumber Seeds. (Cocktail contains Egg White)
Spicy and nutty; Havana Club Clasico Rum, Plantation Overproof Rum, Batavia Arrak (pungent spirit from the Indonesian island of Java made from molasses and fermented red rice), Peanut Butter, Sweet Potato Juice, Cucumber Juice, Tomato Juice, Thai Chili, Tamarind, Spices and Clarified Milk Punch.
An intense sip filled with elegant and edible floating pearl-like balls; Grey Goose Infused Red Curry, Ginger Syrup, Basil, Lemongrass and Soda Water.
Sweet and creamy similar to a lassi drink, but, with a kick; Avua Cachaca Amburana Infused Moringa Leaves, Lime Juice, Young Coconut Pandan Syrup, Coconut Yogurt and cubed Pandan Jelly (a milky sweet, vanilla-like flavored Southeast Asian dessert made with coconut milk and Pandan leaves).
Salty and creamy deliciousness; Enter Sake Black, Black Rice, Jackfruit, Coconut Milk and Black Salt. * (Cocktail contains Egg)
More Asian-Influenced Cocktails at Kaido Miami
Bengali Old Fashioned
Legent Bourbon, Ghee, Bangali Spices and Black Tea Demerara Syrup.
Altos Reposado Tequila, Mango, Rice Orgeat, Coconut Milk and Salt.
Absolut Elix Infused Roasted Barley Tea and Vida Mezcal-Honey Liqueur.
Angkor Wat Colada
Bacardi 8 Year Old Rum, Pumpkin Palm Sugar Syrup, Pumpkin Palm Sugar Syrup and Egg Yolk.
Sakura & Tonic
Green Tea Mizu Shochu, Spices, Sakura Tea, Tonic, Sakura Pearls and Clarified Milk Punch.
KAIDO Miami Details
151 NE 41st Street (2nd level of Design District Shops), Miami; @kaidomiami; kaidomiami.com
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