Hold the Sugar: Savory Cocktails to Try in Miami
Ever since Broken Shaker came onto the scene, South Beach has gone insane for any effervescent cocktail confection infused with the requisite amount of fresh herbs, fruits, and condiments. Drinks like basil lime cucumber sidecars and whiskey pomegranate thyme old fashions have become staples as bars turn into mixology counters. With larger menus and more exhaustive combinations of flavors, it seems that local watering holes are running the bartending world ragged. Yet for those without the Caribbean predilection for sugar, there is a whole range of cocktail options to explore in Miami.
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Salty and savory cocktails are just as satisfying as their sucrose-laden cousins but have yet to be fully embraced by the mainstream. No, I'm not just talking about the Jack Daniel's sauce on your burger at TGI Fridays. I'm talking about the onion juice, pickle brine, and clamato mixed drinks that make your knees buckle.
Whether you're too hungover at brunch to stomach sugary sangria, or you just enjoy the light smell of olive juice on your breath before a first date, savory cocktails are perfect for any occasion. Though it hasn't exploded into culinary ubiquity, these offbeat creations have made overtures at several Miami eateries. Here are the ones that can't be missed.
Wolf Pack Bloody Mary at Tongue & Cheek
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Forget toasted peanuts and crackers, this cocktail comes with its own side order of munchies. Topped with a celery stick adorned with cheese, smoked ham, and olives, this tasty drink will leave you buzzed and satisfied.
"We wanted to create something that was visually stunning and hangover satisfying. Most people want something to eat as soon as they arrive. Now then can have that in a glass within minutes," said head chef and owner Jamie DeRosa.
For those who thought tomato juice mixers were just for housewives looking so assuage some suburban anxiety at 11 a.m. on a Tuesday, think again. Made with the traditional assortment of spices -- including cayenne pepper, horseradish and black pepper -- this Mary packs a spicy bite without being overpowering. If you need something a bit stronger to assuage your throbbing Saturday morning migraine, pair the Wolf Pack Bloody Mary ($19) with Tongue & Cheek's signature chicken and waffles, "A house favorite among locals."
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