Bar Lab and Norwegian Cruise Line Expand Boozy Partnership

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All photos by Cassie Glenn
The "Get Away" with vodka, watermelon, citrus, herbs, and bitters.
ar Lab's Gabriel Orta may not be an avid cruiser but he is tapping into the minds of those that love to sail at sea by expanding a previously announced partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line. Now, cocktails crafted by Bar Lab will soon be available on board all of Norwegian's ships year-round.

Orta also will train bar managers and bartenders, and collaborating with the Norwegian Corporate Development Team to create new cocktails for Norwegian's shore side Test Bar. Short Order was invited to a kick-off cocktail party at the Broken Shaker to chat with Orta, sip some cruise-inspired drinks, and get more insight into this expanded program.

See also: Norwegian Getaway: Bar Lab Cocktails, Dining by Geoffrey Zakarian on Board

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Celebrate Peruvian Independence Day Monday at La Mar

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Courtesy of La Mar
Pisco Sours and Peru's independence.
In 1821, Peru became the last colony in South America to gain independence from Spain. How best to celebrate, you ask? Why, with food, music, and Pisco, ¡hermanos!

While we know it's hard to disentangle yourself from the comforting arms of classics like tangy ceviche and aromatic lomo saltado, La Mar will serve up a couple of authentic dishes that are worth branching out for.

See also: La Mar: Peruvian Classics Elevated to Haute Cuisine

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Boxelder Craft Beer Market to Open in Wynwood

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Nicole and Adam Darnell: The duo behind Boxelder craft beer.
Wynwood is certainly becoming Miami's mecca for beer. Wynwood Brewing Company has been serving up beer and tours for months, while Concrete Beach and J. Wakefield are working on their respective venues. Next on tap, however, is Boxelder Craft Beer Market, a craft beer purveyor set to open in Wynwood this fall.

The craft beer market and tap room is the brainchild of husband-and-wife duo Nicole and Adam Darnell, two professionals in the art industry who decided to pursue their mutual lifelong love of beer. Even the name of their market relates to the growing beer scene in Wynwood.

See also: MIA Brewing Company Opens for Production

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Latin House: Chefs Talk Sangria Don Chu and New Pines Location

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Photo by Cassie Glenn
The "Goddess of Sangria," Maria Rita Rivera.
If you've ventured to Latin House Burger & Taco Bar, we hope you've ordered the sangria. Since January 2013, Latin House has been the proud sole purveyor of Sangria Don Chu, a tasty libation made weekly by Maria Rita Rivera. Originally a "stalker" of chef Michell Sanchez's Latin House food truck (that's what Sanchez lovingly calls the most loyal fans), Rivera befriended Chef M and he became a great ally for her now-growing sangria business.

Short Order sat down with Rivera over a glass (or two) of sangria to talk about her boozy biz and plans for the future. And Chef M stopped by to reveal news about a second Latin House Burger & Taco Bar, set to open soon in Pembroke Pines.

See also: Hemingway's Birthday: Make the Original Papa Doble From Havana's Floridita Bar

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MIA Brewing Company Opens for Production

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The MIA brew crew from left to right: Piero Rodriguez, Eddie Leon and Michael Demetrus.
MIA Brewing Company, Miami-Dade County's newest brewery, is officially open for production in Doral.

Owner Eddie Leon received the temporary certificate of occupancy from the City of Doral last week, allowing him to legally use the building as a brewery. The permit lets the brewery produce beer using the existing equipment.

See also: MIA Brewing Company Begins Construction, Hopes to Open By January 2014

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Miami Bartenders Dominate Tales of the Cocktail

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John Lermayer on the balcony of Napoleon House.
Another Tales of the Cocktail is over, and Miami bartenders and spirits professionals are back in town after spending nearly a week in the Big Easy drinking, eating, learning, and networking.

This year's TOTC was epic, with a strong cadre of South Florida professionals storming the French Quarter to take part in cocktail competitions, guest-star at some of New Orleans' best bars and restaurants, and learn a thing or two at seminars that ranged from tastings of rare rums and the connection between James Bond and cocktail culture, to tips for bartenders wanting to shake things up in front of the camera.

Highlights included a full re-creation of the Broken Shaker at the Williams Grant party (where a camel was the guest of honor) and John Lermayer ruling over the annual Mandarine Napoléon Battle of the Sexes competition. Chicago, London, New Orleans, and New York better watch out, because Miami has just proven it's got the chops to be the next great city for cocktails.

See also: Miami Bartenders in NOLA for Tales of the Cocktail

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Hemingway's Birthday: Make the Original Papa Doble From Havana's Floridita Bar

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Photo by Laine Doss
Make a Papa Doble. Toast to Hemingway's 115th birthday.
Today marks Ernest Hemingway's 115th birthday. The author/adventurer who called South Florida home for a number of years, is nearly as well known for his prolific drinking as his writing.

In fact, much of the Tales of the Cocktail seminar, Floridita: Cradle of the Daiquiri, focused on Hemingway's influence on the famed Havana bar where bartender Constantino Ribalaigua Vert invented the daiquiri.

Cocktail historians David Wondrich and Jeff "Beachbum" Berry shared insight into the beginnings of this cocktail, which surged in popularity first during Prohibition, when wealthy Americans would fly or cruise to nearby Cuba to spend the day imbibing, forgoing the sights of the island to spend the day looking into a cocktail glass. The island nation's tourism industry grew, with tourists staggering out of Sloppy Joe's, which was considered to be the "American" bar in Havana.

See also: Toast Ernest Hemingway's Birthday With These Cocktails

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Miami Bartenders in NOLA for Tales of the Cocktail

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Rob Montero via Facebook
OMG, quick! Someone secure the drink cart!
OK Miami, if you're thirsty for a crafted cocktail, maybe this is a good time to just order a shot and a beer.

It's that time of year when bartenders from all over the world converge on the Crescent City for five days of debauchery and drinking -- better known as Tales of the Cocktail.

In actuality, TOTC is a huge learning tool for Miami mixologists. The multi-day event is a way for bartenders to discover new spirits and small batch distillers, learn techniques, network, and get a pulse on upcoming trends and pick the brains of peers throughout the world.

And, yes, there are some pool parties, revelry, and lots of hungover mornings. After all, you are getting a group of bartenders together in New Orleans -- this ain't exactly a Boy Scout jamboree.

So, this weekend may be a good time to learn a little more about, say, the craft beer scene in Miami. Trust me, when your favorite mixologists come back with some new recipes and skills, you'll be glad you waited.

Here are just some of the bartenders and industry people in NOLA for the weekend:

See also: Miami's Ten Best Bartenders

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Sud Swap Returns Saturday at Gramps with Cigar City Brewing

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Last month we took a drive down to Wynwood to check out the monthly Sud Swap, an outdoor beer bazaar featuring local homebrewers, beer traders, artists, musicians, and anyone creative who loves a good craft beer.

This month, it will be blowing all previous ones out of the water.

See also: Biscayne Home Brew & Carry Out Opens in MiMo District

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H2Ombre Brave the Bar Competition: Vote for Your Favorite Cocktail

Categories: Booze Hound

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Get wet at H2Ombre.
If the staggering heat of our Miami summer is getting to you and you don't have a pool in your backyard, maybe you should consider heading to the Adrienne Arsht Center for a refreshing dip at the theater.

H2Ombre is playing at the Miami entertainment complex and it's an interactive show that features loud music, strobe lights, fog machines, lots of people suspended in mid-air, and water. In fact, the Arsht Center asks you to wear clothes that can get wet and rubber soled-shoes for the performance -- a far cry from the silk cocktail dresses and teetering heels we're used to wearing for an evening of live theater.

See also: Ten Best Happy Hours in Miami

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