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Top Spots For Holiday Cocktails In South Florida

In what seems like two non-consecutive weeks of winter in the tropical climate of Miami, on that day or days, the weather gets cool enough to put on scarves, wool suits and great dresses to walk breezy streets. After the cool weather gets under one's skin, a holiday cocktail is the best remedy to warm the body. Different textures and tastes on the tongue bring on holiday cheer and evoke memories of past holiday memories. The cocktails also take on their own personality with their distinct names. Miami, as a tourist capital, has some fantastic locations where natives and tourists can put on their best-dressed wardrobe combinations and escape for a while with a great cocktail.
Mr. Moe's Restaurant & Bar

Lure Fishbar
1601 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 695-4550

Walking into the Loews Hotel on Collins Avenue transports one to a different place that solidifies what is thought of as Miami Beach style--clean lines on furniture and lighting, fantastic views, different colors and a comfortable environment. The Lure Fishbar gives the customer or hotel guest the feeling as if they are on a private yacht on Miami Beach, where there are comfortable spots everywhere to sit and have a drink or eat a sumptuous meal. Taken from the hit cable series, "Boardwalk Empire," the Nucky Thompson cocktail delights with Apple Jack liquor and tingles with Peychaud's bitters on an Absinthe-rimmed glass.

Mr. Moe's Restaurant & Bar

Meat Market
915 Lincoln Rd.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-0088

Nothing says a tropical holiday like going to eat at the Meat Market. Watch the sunset creep below the horizon on world famous Lincoln Road and then walk inside to the lights of the Meat Market to eat a great meal. On a breezy, dry night, drink the Thai Peanut Brittle cocktail made with Stoli vanilla, Castries peanut creme, Domaine de Canton (ginger flavored liquor) and a basil leaf. The feeling of the drink will create new memories, different from the traditional wintery, youthful family get-togethers at holiday time.

Mr. Moe's Restaurant & Bar

Drake's Bar at JW Marriott Hotel
1109 Brickell Ave.
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 329-3500

There is nothing more beautiful than seeing twinkling lights along the boulevard of one's hometown or neighborhood and feeling the wonder and enjoyment of that experience. After the long rush hour that is part of the South Florida work week, a stop into Drake's Bar to relax is necessary for the working professional, who during the holidays may not have a break. The bar has cocktail selections to help healthy living. "Cocktails with Purpose" will be available until December 31st. Good JuJu, Spritz Americain, the Highland Garden and the RSZ Spice Market are some of the selections that won't disappoint.

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Mr. Moe's Restaurant & Bar

3030 Ocean
3030 Holiday Dr.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 765-3030

Along the ocean, sitting out on the terrace, 3030 Ocean can also create new holiday memories with a tropical theme. Two cocktails it features, Jengerly Sweet Potato pie and Bulleit Pavan Cider, bring down some staple dishes from the north into liquid form. Sit out on the terrace and drink the cider made with Bulleit Bourbon, Pavan liqueur (orange, grape flavored), fresh orange wedges and apple cider, and stay warm with a friend, loved one and/or group of friends. The Jengerly Sweet potato pie has sweet potato pie filling with ginger, Ketel One vodka and half and half in it which could act as a substitute for the traditional dessert.

Mr. Moe's Restaurant & Bar

Market 17
1850 SE 17th St.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 835-5507

Following the theme of a tropical holiday season, Market 17 provides farm-fresh dishes and seasonal cocktails that will enhance the holiday experience for one person or a family that wishes to meet out for a get-together before the traditional reunion at home with the kids.

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Eric L Labrador is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. His work can be found on


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