Bar Boozled: 3 New Dinnertime Cocktails to Enjoy at Michael’s Genuine

MGFD Cocktail ListHead Bartender Melissa Welcher has been busy keeping Genuine’s cocktail list fresh.  In addition to our daily-changing market special, this week she’s added three to the back of the menu: City Slickers (a bottled cocktail for two), Magenta Jimador, and Fountain of Youth.  We suggest they start you off for dinner.  Day drinkers would be best served sticking to rosé!

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City Slickers | Made by two and best enjoyed with a companion, this is bottled cocktail is boozy and spicy, a winter warmer for a slightly chilly day.  This is Melissa’s twist on a classic cocktail, the Suburban, which dates from the Rococo Age [read: over the top!] of American drinking from about 1875 to 1920.  Ours features HW Double Rye, a blend of 2-year-old and a 16-year-old Ryes with notes of cinnamon, anise, and honey.  Cachaca is made from straight sugar cane juice vs. molasses like most Rums.  Avua Amburana is aged in Amburana wood, typical to the forests of Latin America. Resting in this indigenous wood produces unique bouquet of spices, more caraway than clove.

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 4.23.16 PMMagenta Jimador | An adaptation of your classic sour recipe using just enough blood orange instead of sugar to balance the drink, but not too much to mask the Tequila.  Tequila Ocho is an un-aged single quinta (farm) and single vintage Tequila.  The Liquore di Camomilla (seen above as its great for sipping with our pastry team’s new profiteroles dessert!) is made by macerating chamomile flowers in Grappa.  This cocktail is as gorgeous on the eyes as it is on the palate.  Velvety smooth with the froth of egg white to juxtapose its puckered punch.

Fountain of YouthFountain of Youth | Served on one big rock, think of this as an herbal drink that even the non-Vodka drinker would find interesting. St. Augustine Vodka is pot distilled where where Ponce de León is traditionally said to have landed in North America.  100% Florida-grown sugarcane makes for an extremely smooth spirit with hints of green apple, white pepper, and molasses.  If you’re not familiar with Lillet Rosé, we are sorry, but now’s the time!  Great enjoyed with a few ice cubes on a hot day in the park or on the beach, this French apertif wine made from a secret recipe including quanine.  We house-infuse it with pineapple and basil.  Yellow Chartreuse is another secret recipe drink from France and allusion to this cocktail’s name.  Chartreuse is still made by French Carthusian monks from about 130 different herbs. The yellow version has honey and saffron added and is lighter and sweeter than the green, while still adding complex herbal notes to the cocktail.

Harry’s Beer Slam | Wynwood Brewing Co. Vs. Biscayne Bay Brewing Co.

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Picture that beer competition movie you were once dragged to and may have walked out of, to go drink a beer before theaters had bars, because it was so bad.   This is even better than that frosty pint tasted.  And it tasted pretty good!

Satisfy your thirst for victory, the comfort of a friendly neighborhood joint and civilized beer professionals – at least most of the time! Come one, come all to Miami’s Design District, Tuesday, February 23 at 7PM for a battle of beer pairings at Harry’s Pizzeria. Two of our favorite local breweries will go head to head with a special menu by The Genuine Hospitality Group executive chef Bradley Herron and Harry’s chef de cuisine Danny Ramirez as the playing field.

David Rodriguez of Wynwood Brewing Co. and Roberto Tito Ronchetta of Biscayne Bay Brewing Co., with Master of Slam Ceremonies Eric Larkee, The Genuine Hospitality Group Wine & Spirits Director presiding, throw their caps into the ring for Harry’s first ever Beer Slam competition.

Be greeted with passed snacks and some brews to get the juices flowing, then enjoy three courses including dessert all paired with one beer from each brewery. Cast your vote for best pairing after each course, and we will crown a Harry’s Beer Slam Champion at the end! The prize? Winning brewery reigns over Harry’s four taps for the next month!

$75 includes it all (even the tax and gratuity!)  Get them here Ribbing amongst breweries may not guarantee a win, but it’s highly encouraged leading up to event day.  Visit #harrysbeerslam to follow along.  And click here for the full set of photos from last night’s chef pop-up, Bradley’s Pizzeria. Chef Herron killed! CHEERS!

A Brunch Menu of Bottomless Indulgences Saturday 2.20 at Cypress Tavern

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CT_Indulge Brunch MenuCypress Tavern’s Indulge Brunch is Saturday, February 20. We are so excited to finally share the menu! Enjoy a family-style brunch with 3 courses of multiple dishes, a choice between two special bottomless cocktails for the occasion, and a goody bag curated by Indulge magazine celebrating its new food issue with our chocolate truffles and more. It’s all included for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity. We are booking through ticketed reservations, so guests can pick an available time from 11am-3pm to indulge; it doesn’t all start at once. Join chefs Michael, Bradley and Max for a super decadent and delicious meal, 4 weeks from today. Tables are going to look insane, so book now to ensure you’re at one of them! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

 

On the Edge of #SOBEWFF Play Time | Dinner with Waxy, Schwartzy & Brooksy

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival arrives for the 15th time to Miami and its beautiful southern beaches next month, ushering in cooler temps and hot chefs. We’re pretty excited about the dinner Michael is cooking on Friday, February 26 with friends Jonathan Waxman and Aaron Brooks and are here to share the menu with you first!

“”I look forward to playing hooky with Michael,” shares Jonathan, this year’s Festival Tribute Dinner honoree. “Plus late drinks at the Broken Shaker and lunch at Michael’s!”

Host chef Aaron Brooks of the Four Seasons Miami and Edge Steak & Bar (1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33132) is just one of those chefs that chefs want to work with.  Talented, clearly.  Maybe more importantly is the peace of mind a host like Aaron brings to the table.  You know he has your back no matter what, drama-free.  Sometimes it’s a kitchen like this that can get you through a long service — or the demands of a marathon food festival weekend — with a smile on your face and a kick in your step.

“Michael has been a great support since I moved to Miami over four years ago,” he shared. “His food reigns true with my philosophy of serving tasty, uncomplicated dishes grounded on traditional technique. The same goes for Jonathan, he is a guy that truly believes in the product and treating it with the ultimate respect, and by doing so gets you the best flavor from what you cook. Basically letting the ingredients speak for themselves. Cooking with these guys is going to be absolutely awesome!’

Join us to enjoy what these three gentlemen do best.  Click here snag the few tickets that are left and then don’t forget to email tickets@sobefest.com to be seated with your party!

Dinner hosted by
Michael Schwartz, Jonathan Waxman and Aaron Brooks

RECEPTION
Whipped Foie Gras Pate, Baguette, Marcona Almonds
and Honey-Soaked Raisins
Fried Oyster, Beef Tartare and Caviar
Grilled Lamb Sausage, Yoghurt, Pickles
Mushroom and Manchego Cheese Croquetas, Lemon Aioli
Aaron Brooks

DINNER

Crisp Pork Belly, Brown Butter Hazelnuts, Carrot Butter
Aaron Brooks
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Shrimp & Grits with Gremolata
Jonathan Waxman
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Slow Roasted & Grilled Short Rib
Grilled & Marinated Market Vegetables
Parsley & Romesco Sauces
Michael Schwartz
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Pavlova, Florida Strawberries, White Chocolate Chantilly,
Rose Water and Pistachio
Aaron Brooks

Valentine’s Day at Cypress Tavern | Snuggle with Your Bae and a Half Bottle

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This chilly weather is channeling the Valentine’s Day spirit!  It’s all about getting cozy on the most romantic day of the year, and Cypress Tavern will make that easy.  Enjoy a 3-course Valentine’s Dinner prix fixe at Michael’s American Grill & Cocktail Bar with choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert from its regular menu, including selections from its Large Plates for Two section.  The menu is $79 per person plus tax and gratuity and comes with a half bottle of Champagne for each couple. The complete a la carte dinner menu will also be available.  Cypress Tavern offers a warm, welcoming and festive experience in a room like no other, perfect for sharing an intimate meal over candle light on a special occasion like Valentine’s Day.  Find a cozy seat on the banquette in the restaurant’s intimate dining room, noted by Travel + Leisure as one of the most romantic in America.  To reserve a table, email reservations@cypresstavern.com or call 305.520.5197.  $5 Design District Valet is available, as well as street parking in the city lot in between 37th and 38th street. Full menus and more information are available at cypresstavern.com. The restaurant is open for Valentine’s Dinner from 5:30-10pm on Sunday, February 14, and is located at 3620 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137.