Welcoming a Happy Hour to Cypress Tavern with New Snack Menu & Summer Cocktails

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The Cypress Tavern_Back of MenuCheers to summer.  Today Cypress Tavern introduces its first Happy Hour, featuring half price signature cocktails, beer and wine by the glass with chef de cuisine Max Makowski’s all new snack menu which will be available both at the bar and in the dining room.  Visit Michael’s American Grill & Cocktail Bar Tuesday through Friday from 6 to 8pm to toast over  Spiced Marcona Almonds (5), Marinated Olives (5), Mini Cypress Burgers with Jasper Hill Landaff and onion marmalade (9), Shrimp Fritters with chili lime aioli (8), and Potato Chips with creamy leek dipping sauce (7).  Take a dip into four new cocktails for the occasion, as we welcome the new season with a little refreshment, including:  SPICE OF LIFE Tequila Ocho Blanco, Sombra Mezcal, watermelon cordial, scotch bonnet agave (13), PINEAPPLE PISCO SOUR Pisco Waqar, lime, pineapple, egg white (13),  HEMINGWAY OLD FASHIONED Avion Silver, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, grapefruit bitters (13), and MILLIONS OF PEACHES Glenlivet 15 yr, Stills Crossroads ‘Shine, lemon, peach oolong, honey (14).

“Summer cocktails shouldn’t just be for poolside enjoyment,” shares Amanda Fraga, beverage manager at The Genuine Hospitality Group. “The thinking here was to liven the list by adding fruit in interesting ways. We chose a grassy, bright spirit like Pisco in a Pineapple Pisco Sour for a result that is neither sticky nor sweet, and shines with the classic combination of pineapple and lime. Peaches are finally coming in, so we wanted to celebrate that with a play on sweet tea. Jojo’s oolong brings a floral, nutty balance to mellow this fragrant stone fruit and its orchards full of ‘Millions of Peaches’.”

See you at the bar or make a reservation by emailing reservations@cypresstavern.com or calling 305.520.5197. For our a current list of The Genuine Hospitality Group Happy Hours, visit our Genuine Happy Crawl post.  There’s plenty of cheers to go around!

Menu Announcement: TOMORROW Cypress Becomes The Wine Room

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We are pleased to announce the killer menu with wine and cocktail pairings our hosts have conjured for The Wine Room at The Cypress Room on Tuesday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m.  Per usual, this is subject to change (but we hope it doesn’t not even a bit!)  In the presence of greatness, The Genuine Hospitality Group Wine Director Eric Larkee joins Chefs Michael Schwartz and Roel Alcudia for a scratch and sniff expedition with Master Sommelier Richard Betts, following their noses and choosing courses and pairings accordingly. Spin your wheel of wine, tequila and mezcal fortune and enter at your own risk of becoming an expert at The Cypress Room!  Tickets can be purchased here for $240 and include a signed copy of Betts’ The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert, tax and gratuity.

QUICK NOTE: Cockscomb Pizzeria is officially sold out, so this is a great (and the last!) opportunity to kick off food and wine festival week with a genuine bang!

THE WINE ROOM MENU

OUTDOOR RECEPTION

Passed Hors d’oeurves
Royal Red Shrimp and Zucchini Fritters
Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Crostini
Grilled Cheese with black truffles
Smoked Salmon with potato chips
Welcome Cocktail
Steeple — Astral Blanco Tequila, Lustau Palo Cortado Sherry, Bénédictine, Bittermens Tiki Bitters, Contratto Fernet Branca, lime twist
Rosé
Tequila & Mezcal Tasting

DINNER IN THE ROOM

Amuse

First
Local Fish Tartare marinated clams, chilis, colatura, treviso
Sombra Smoked Margarita — Sombra Mezcal, lime, agave, shaken, strained

Second
Vegetable Crudo baby romaine, finocchiona, blood orange
2013 Saint Glingling Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux, France
2004 Chateau L’Oiseliniere, Muscadet, Loire Valley, France

Third
Grilled Snapper bell pepper, zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, caviar beurre blanc
2004 Musar Blanc, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
2010 Gritsch, Grüner Veltliner, Steinporz Smaragd, Wachau, Austria

Fourth
Veal Rotisserie Anson Mills polenta, wild mushrooms, black truffle
2004 Betts and Scholl Chronique, Barossa, Australia
2006 Ar.Pe.Pe., Grumello, Valtellina, Italy

Fifth
Short Rib Bourguignon lardons, baby vegetables, natural jus
2011 My Essential Red, California
2010 Chateau La Garde, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Dessert
Frozen Roasted White Chocolate Soufflé strawberry, blood orange, black licorice
The Matador — sombra mezcal, sassafrass syrup, cherry heering, root beer bitters

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The Wine Room | The Cypress Room welcomes Master Sommelier Richard Betts

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We are pleased to announce that tickets are now live for The Wine Room welcoming Master Sommelier, Author, Tequila and Mezcal Producer, and TGHG friend Richard Betts* for an evening of wine and spirits pairings at The Cypress Room on Tuesday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m.

*Fun Fact: Richard passed the Court of Master Sommelier’s Master’s Exam on the very first attempt – becoming only the 9th person to do so and one of only 200 Master Sommeliers recognized in the world today! 

^ greatness...

^ greatness…

In the presence of greatness, The Genuine Hospitality Group Wine Director Eric Larkee joins Chefs Michael Schwartz and Roel Alcudia for a scratch and sniff expedition with Richard, following their noses and choosing courses and pairings accordingly. Spin your wheel of wine, tequila and mezcal fortune and enter at your own risk of becoming an expert at The Cypress Room! $240 includes it all:

– Outdoor hors d’oeuvres reception
– 6 courses with beverage pairings:
course 1: citrus
course 2: red fruit
course 3: black fruit
course 4: earth
course 5: wood
course 6 (dessert): wild card
– Signed copy of Betts’ The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert 
– Tax and gratuity

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Ripped from the pages of The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert.

We’re really excited for this rare, fun opportunity to collaborate on an event with one of our favorite people for the first time [GASP] at one of Michael’s restaurants!

QUICK REMINDER: Tickets are almost sold out for February 18’s Cockscomb Pizzeria, and the menu will be released later this month on The Genuine Kitchen blog.  Grab a seat, as Chris’s event with Michael, Andrew Zimmern and friends with Cobaya at PAMM is sold out later that week so this is probably the last chance this year to eat @offalchris‘ food in Miami. For our full listing of upcoming ticketed events, including January 27’s Slow Food Ark of Taste and more, please visit The Genuine Kitchen’s events page.

Thanks for supporting more Genuine events in 2015, and see you at The Wine Room!