|All photos by Laine Doss|
|Elad Zvi, Gabriel Orta, and Sydell Group's Roy Alpert preparing for opening.|
The Miami cocktail scene has just gotten a little more interesting with the opening of the permanent edition of the Broken Shaker. Read also:
- Best Pop-Up Bar: Broken Shaker
- Best Bartender: Gabriel Orta
Bar Lab's Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi opened Miami's first pop-up cocktail lounge last January. It quickly became the place to go to get sophisticated cocktails at reasonable prices, and the little lounge inside the slightly-faded Indian Creek Hotel soon became the go-to place for locals, tourists, and industry insiders. Then, a short six months later, the pop-up closed, as intended.
Now, after much anticipation, the Broken Shaker is back inside the same property, though it's been renovated and renamed. The Indian Creek has been turned
into Freehand Miami, an upscale hostel by the Sydell Group and the Broken
Shaker has refreshed their lounge and expanded the outdoor area.
The small herb garden has become a major focal point of the patio. Young fruit trees have
been planted around the property. Orta pointed out the starfruit that
was already starting to appear, destined for some cocktail glass in the
|Broken Shaker's agave fairy.|
Unlike most establishments that renovate a space and
pass the costs on to the consumer, the price of a signature cocktail has
been lowered to $8. Many of these libations reflect the experiences
Orta and Zvi had this past year while traveling both as guest
mixologists and on exploration trips to New Orleans, New York, and Oaxaca. One such trip, a visit to Sean
Brock's Husk in Charleston, proved especially enlightening. Orta told
Short Order, "Here's this guy and he's making his own vinegars and he
pickles everything. He's got one room just filled with animal parts.
He's the real deal." That trip is the inspiration for the Agave Fairy,
made with homemade pineapple vinegar and tequila, dressed with a pickled radish.
|The garden negroni.|
Other offerings include a garden negroni, a classic that gets added
depth from fresh herbs from the Broken Shaker's garden; and a holy
grail, and old-fashioned made with pumpkin reduction, toasted pecan
bitters, and bourbon. A rye cider is made with thyme honey and lemon plucked from their own trees.
2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL