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

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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.

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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

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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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South Florida Brew Bus Delivers South Florida's Craft Beer Craze

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Photo by Karli Evans
Driver Edgar Revuelta (left), Brew Bus USA events coordinator Aaron Caplan, and Brew Bus South Florida attendants Kimberly Johnson and Matt Davis.
"Drive slow!" shouted several of the more than 20 passengers on a minicoach as it rolled south on I-95 past the sprawling suburbia of southern Palm Beach County. The driver looked back, smiled, and set the cruise control to 55, allowing traffic to pass unabated.

Why the leisurely pace when most people just want to get to wherever the hell they're going? Simple: free beer. As another round of cold ones from Brew Bus Brewing was tossed down the aisle, the adults smiled like kids on Christmas. At the wheel, the driver looked almost preternaturally mellow.

Welcome to the South Florida Brew Bus.

The five-month-old beer tourism operation takes craft-beer-loving citizens on journeys to five local breweries to sample 12 to 16 ounces of beer at each stop, as well as however much they can drink on the bus. The bus has its own line of five beers prepared by Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, such as the award-winning English porter Double Decker, rich with chocolate malt and roasted oat flavors. By the end, sobriety ranges from tipsy to hammered.

See also: Miami's Monthly Sud Swap Is Craft Beer Nirvana

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Tapas y Taps: Whole Foods Coral Gables' New Boozy Hangout

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Photos by Cassie Glenn
Wine and mac & cheese? Thanks, Whole Foods.
Have you ever walked through Whole Foods and thought, "I really need a drink"? Maybe that feeling comes while perusing their extensive wine selection. Perhaps it hits when your shopping companion won't stop complaining about that awesome soccer match he's missing at home. Well now, there's a spot where you can grab a glass of wine to sip while browsing, send your nagging partner to sit and watch the game while you shop, or simply pop a squat yourself to enjoy the new venue's killer eats and libations any time of day.

Whole Foods Coral Gables' Tapas y Taps is the first of its kind. While other Whole Foods stores have bars serving wine and beer, none serve tapas because, well, none are in Miami.

See also: Colony1: Bulk Food Store, Organic Garden, and Vegan Kitchen Coming to Wynwood

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Buddha Meets Cuba For Beer-Pairing Event at Sergio's in Doral

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Sergio's, the self-styled new American cafe with Latin flavor, is bringing some of Broward County's finest to Doral with a Beer Flights + Delights pairing this Friday, July 11.

For the price of an entree and a couple of drinks out, the Cuban-American restaurant will offer four different "bites," or appetizer-like samplers, each artfully paired with a full pint of beer from The Funky Buddha Brewery. If you've never been to one of the six Sergio's locations, which stretch from Hialeah Gardens to Kendall, this might be the meal to try out what they have to offer.

See also: Miami's Monthly Sud Swap Is Craft Beer Nirvana

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Thirstie: New App Delivers Booze to Your Door

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Thirstie: Find that local liquor fast.
Here's the scenario. You're having a little house party and you run out of tequila...or vodka...or beer. You could make a booze run before your friends turn on you like rabid wolverines, or you could order backup supplies on your iPhone with the new Thirstie app.

The free app, created by Thirstie CEO Devaraj Southworth, launched in New York four months ago, with Los Angeles and Chicago coming onboard shortly after. Today, Southworth has brought his booze-on-demand service to Miami.

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Love Is Blind Brunch: Hangover Wreckers and 99 Cent Mimosas

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Hangover aid has arrived.
Many Miami brunches offer unlimited mimosas for a fee, but before you say yes to that deal think a moment. Just how many fizzy beverages are you actually going to consume over the course of a meal? If your limit is three at best, maybe that $20 all-you-can-drink offer isn't so wonderful, after all. Maybe it's time to consider Love Is Blind's 99 cent mimosas.

The whimsical Coral Gables restaurant just started serving weekend brunch because, as owners Carlos Galan and JC Chamizo tell Short Order, "the Gables was missing a fun yet affordable place to enjoy brunch with a casual chic appeal."

See also: Brunch at Bulla: Bottomless Sangria and Cochinillo Hash

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ARTcade: Art, Craft Beer, and Frogger Meet in South Beach

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ARTcade, a combination art gallery, arcade, and bar, is set to open in South Beach, and the concept of playing Q*bert while holding a cold brew is totally mind-blowing.

ARTcade, which features classic games, creative beer, and local art, opens Friday, July 11, at 235 12th St., just off Ocean Drive in a former art gallery. Not that we don't like art in South Beach -- we just like it better with Pac-Man.

See also: R House: A New Fusion of Art and Cuisine in Wynwood

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