Lure Fishbar's Nautical Cocktails: We Try Them All

Categories: Booze Hound

Photos by Laine Doss
Robert Ferrara mixes up a nautical cocktail at Lure Fishbar.
Lure Fishbar, at the St. Moritz at the Loews Hotel Miami Beach, has just opened after about a year's worth of anticipation.

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The décor is more Bar Harbor than Bal Harbour -- teak woods are accented with blue plaid and brass shined to a mirror finish. Black-and-white photos of the Queen Mary grace the walls leading to the dining room. An outdoor bar -- again, more teak than tiki -- should be open in time for Art Basel and will serve a casual menu, along with drinks (although diners can choose to order from the full menu as well).

Lure Fishbar's menu features a veritable bounty from the sea, but we were most interested in the specialty cocktails, created by Robert Ferrara. Each cocktail features a nautical-themed name like the Full Mast or the Catch and Release, but they're not all rum-and-fruit concoctions. Ferrara has created a full-spectrum cocktail list ranging from pink creations perfect for après beach to a boozy take on the Arnold Palmer.

The mixologist who was named Miami New Times' Best Bartender 2013, says he has no set format for creating a cocktail. "Sometimes I'll say to myself, I need more rum drinks on the menu, so I'll try to work with that spirit, or maybe I'll have another inspiration, like a tea that I want to work with. Or I'll just be watching football and an idea will come to me that I have to try."

Asked how far a drink must deviate from a standard recipe to be considered new, Ferrara says, "Some people just change out one ingredient and call it something different. But if you substitute, say, a different garnish or bitter in a Manhattan, it's still pretty much a Manhattan. I think you have to have at least two very unique ingredients to call a cocktail your own."

All specialty cocktails cost $14 (except for the Lure bloody mary, which is $16). There's also a large wine and sake selection by the glass, as well as local draft beers from Funky Buddha, Wynwood, and Cigar City ($8 each). In addition, regular mixed drinks start at $9 -- a bargain by South Beach standards.

Short Order was invited to try a few of Lure's nautical-inspired cocktails and wound up sampling the entire dozen. Here are our favorites:

The Oceanfront, made with Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, fresh pineapple, cilantro, lime, Chesapeake Bay bitters, Cel Ray soda, and cracked black pepper.

Location Info

Lure Fishbar

1601 Collins Avenue., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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