Cheers to the #SoBeWFF Festival Week/end & Two Drinks for That

Make two new friends this week (photo courtesy Ellie Sara Groden.)

Today marks the unofficial opening of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and I’ll drink to that!  TGHG Beverage Director Ryan Goodspeed appropriately anticipated the needs of guests new and old descending on Miami this week for the country’s largest culinary festival, in high spirits of course, and last night put the Bandito and Scotsman on the @MGFD_MIA specialty cocktail list, with more additions coming today.  Ellie and I tasted these two last night and gave them high marks for balance, simplicity, and overall good taste. Here’s how they break down:

Bandito
This cocktail sneaks up on you like a bandito! And attacks!

2 oz Don Julio Reposado
1 oz Poblano/Cubanelle Agave
1 oz Passionfruit
1 oz Pineapple
½ oz Lemon
Combine ingredients in a rocks glass, add ice and shake.
Garnish w/ pineapple spear or chunk if available

Scotsman
Named after Colin Scott, master blender at Chivas

2 ½ oz Chivas 12yr or 18yr
1 oz Espresso infused orange blossom honey
(3 shots of espresso stirred into one bottle of local orange blossom honey)
½ oz lemon
Top with soda
Combine scotch, honey and lemon. Add ice shake and top w/soda
Garnish with lemon peel and dash orange bitters

Hope to see you in the restaurant for some toasts over the next few days. Here’s where we’ll be outside it, too:

Wednesday:
– 7:00 p.m.: Vetri Pizzeria @ Harry’s Pizzeria (not festival-affiliated) [Buy Tickets]

Thursday
– No scheduled events
– Hedy Goldsmith’s piece runs in the Sun-Sentinel for Goya: Black Bean Cupcakes with Guava Frosting
– WLRN Miami Herald News/NPR feature piece on Farm to Table Brunch and local sourcing airs, including interviews with Michael Schwartz and TGHG forager Christian Padin on a Homestead farm run

Friday
– No scheduled events

Saturday
– 12:00 noon: Farm-to-Table Brunch hosted by chef Michael Schwartz @ Miami Beach Botanical Garden [Sold Out]
– 7:00 p.m.: Diamond Dishes with Hedy Goldsmith, Scott Conant, Michelle Bernstein, and Laurent Tourondel @ Marlins Ballpark [Sold Out]

Sunday
– 11:00 a.m.: Bank of America Wine Pairings Seminar with Anthony Giglio and Michael Schwartz @ Miami Beach Convention Center [Sold Out]
– 3:00 p.m.: Hedy Goldsmith for Goya @ Grand Tasting Village including Baking Out Loud postcard promotion and MGFD + Harry’s gift certificate giveaways

Monday
– 7:00 p.m.: OMG! Dinner & a Movie with Harry’s Pizzeria @ O, Cinema (not festival-affiliated) [Buy Tickets]

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