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.

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Make Vegan Milkshakes for National Ice Cream Month

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Courtesy of Whole Foods Aventura
National Ice Cream Month (July, if you were wondering) can leave vegans feeling a little left out. Sure, we can snag a box of Tofutti or a pint of Rice Dream at the supermarket, but getting anyone to serve us a scoop or mix us up a shake? Dream on.

Luckily, Whole Foods Aventura has our backs. This Sunday, they'll serve vegan milkshakes for $5 from 1 to 3 p.m., in honor of the holiday. But even if you can't make it into the store, you can whip up your own at home with this recipe. Enjoy!

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It's Raining Mangoes: Make Pound Cake With Your Seasonal Haul (Recipe)

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Courtesy Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Across Miami, the mango-ocalypse is in full swing. Poor, innocent fruits are being crushed under cars, picked up by dogs, baked into oblivion on sizzling pavement. It's an overpopulation explosion for our city's ubiquitous tropical fruit, and we all need to do our part in the relief effort.

So snag some mangoes from your local sidewalk and whip up a mango pound cake.The recipe is courtesy of Andrea and Frank Randazzo of Creative Tastes Catering & Event Production, who'll be serving up mangoriffic eats at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's annual Mango Brunch (in conjunction with the famous International Mango Festival) in a couple weeks.

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Make Super Easy Vegan Coleslaw for Fourth of July (Recipe)

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac
T-minus 24 hours until Fourth of July festivities kick off. And shiiiiiiit, you totally forgot about the vegan dish you promised to dole out at your neighbor's hipster barbecue. Considering the contents of your fridge (some sad-looking celery and a bottle of ketchup), this might present a problem.

Instead of desperately scrambling for store-bought something you can pass off as your own, whip up a batch of vegan coleslaw. One quick grocery run and six minutes of prep time later, you'll be golden. Not only is it the easiest thing ever, it's chock full of kale and brussels sprouts -- so you'll totally impress your green-eating pals.

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Fourth of July Cocktails: A Toast to Our Founding Fathers

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A toast to our independence
Fourth of July is here and on Friday we'll celebrate our country's 238th birthday with hot dogs, picnics, fireworks, and cocktails.

Cocktails, you say? Of course. After all, our founding fathers loved a good nip. Legend has it that the father of our nation, George Washington, loved his daily rations of wine and whiskey so much his wooden teeth would get stained. Thomas Jefferson's estate at Monticello housed both a winery and a brewery.

And let's not forget Benjamin Franklin who is oft quoted in bars as saying "In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria."

So, this Independence Day, let's toast to our founding fathers and life, liberty, and the pursuit of a good cocktail. Here are some patriotic libations to get you started:

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World Cup 2014: How to Make a Caipirinha From Edge Steak & Bar's Copa Lounge

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All photos by Cassie Glenn
Soccer's cool but you had us at caipirinhas.
World Cup mania is in full swing! A country that rarely shows interest in soccer is now crowding bars and restaurants around the city to catch the action. Maybe it's for the sake of feeling part of all or maybe it's because we're truly engulfed with pride for the red, white, and blue. One thing we're sure plays a big part? Booze.

Places around town are capitalizing on heightened big screen demand with an array of food and drink specials. Edge Steak & Bar is no exception. This popular spot located inside the Four Seasons has transformed a private event space across from the main restaurant into Edge Copa Lounge, a soccer den with multiple TVs, plenty of seating, foosball tables, and a full bar.

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Hedy Goldsmith Inspired by Rare Rum: A Cupcake Is Born (Recipe)

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Inspiration from Seven Fathoms.
If you've ever wondered how a recipe is created, here's a chance to get inside the head of one of Miami's sweetest chefs.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink's executive pastry chef, Hedy Goldsmith, has created a Stormy Seven Fathoms cupcake with coconut lime frosting. The cupcake is an Island holiday in a treat, bringing together rum, spices, the tang of citrus and the sweetness of coconut. Goldsmith says that the cupcakes are "my favorite dark & stormy cocktail...only edible. They're a great vehicle for rum." Seven Fathoms rum, to be exact.

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Get Belvedere Cocktails at The Standard, Raise Money to Fight AIDS (Recipes)

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From June 1 through June 10, The Standard in Miami Beach is partnering with Belvedere vodka to create a cocktail menu to help raise money for the "EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES.," a campaign by Michelin-starred restaurants and bars donating money to The Global Fund to fight AIDS.

The ten day cocktail line-up includes drinks made with Belvedere (RED) specialty vodka and are the creation of Belvedere Global Head of Mixology, Claire Smith.

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Rekorderlig Hard Cider: Fruity Libations Can Be Found Around Miami (Recipe)

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Cinco de Drinko might be donezo, but that doesn't mean you should stop drinking. All right, maybe cut back on the tequila for the next couple of weeks and take up something a little lighter instead. How about some cider? Yes, cider. And no, not the cider abuela gave you for Nochebuena.

Rekorderlig Cider is a Swedish brand that launched in the United States in October. It started in New York and is heading to South Florida. At a recent paired dinner, global brand ambassador Joel Persson explained the product, shared summer recipes for Rekordelig, and talked about how he got involved with the hard cider brand.

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How to Make a Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme (Photos)

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Photos by Hannah Sentenac
Since I became a kale-carrying vegan, there are but a few things I've missed: pumpkin ice cream, egg sandwiches, and Taco Bell. Sadly, though TB's beans are vegan, its menu items aren't the same without cheese and sour cream.

So I pine for an occasional Crunchwrap Supreme. Is it the healthiest food? Certainly not. But it's not the unhealthiest, either, and everyone needs an indulgence every once in a while. Life can feel pretty hollow without the culinary charms of drive-thru Tex-Mex.

To fill that void, here's my vegan crunchwrappythingamajig (so Taco Bell doesn't sue for trademark infringement). Full disclosure: This recipe originated on the Culinary Couture Blog, and I adapted it to make it meatless. Buen provecho.

See also: Paleo Vegan Is a Thing

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