Summer at The Cypress Room Shines in The Beverage Book

Cool off from Miami’s heat with something new and refreshing at our elegant American dining room and bar in the Design District!  Beginning today, The Beverage Book at The Cypress Room features six new cocktails from Aperitifs and Classics to Specialty Housemade. Also, for the first time the restaurant offers nightly-changing cocktail and spirits pairings for its 5-course Tasting Menu in a “Bartender’s Choice,” available for $40 additional, plus tax and gratuity.

Inspired by the classics and summer in the Magic City, TGHG Beverage Director Ryan Goodspeed reimagines old school cocktails through a modern American lens.  Pouring into vintage bar books and cocktails lists from as early as 1895, Goodspeed can usually find a home for a new idea he’s had or a new ingredient he’d like to feature.

“The beverage program at The Cypress Room is unabashedly spirit driven and careful calculation goes into each drink,” says Mr. Goodspeed.  “Cypress cocktails have a depth and texture to them. They are well-mannered, but get straight to the point!”

Beginning with light and refreshing Aperitifs (11), Four Rosés blushes with Chef Schwartz’s favorite, featuring rosé wine, Lillet rosé, Dillon’s gin-based rosé liqueur, rosebud and hibiscus flower water and a lemon twist. Lonely Negroni combines Miller’s Westborne gin, Campari, Aperol, JuJube syrup, lemon and orange peel. Classics (12) add a Whiskey Sour with WhistlePig rye, Cardamaro, lemon, simple syrup, egg whites and orange bitters, and Singapore Sling shakes Fords gin, Cherry Herring, Cointreau, Benedictine, pineapple, lime, angostura and a maraschino cherry. Specialty Housemade (14) includes Brewster highlighting the final harvest of the lychee season with vodka or gin, simple syrup, lime and cilantro. And every summer needs an anthem, so for Cypress it comes in the form of Summer’s Soda, a clear-as-a-summer’s-day elixir packing a punch with Highwest Silver Rye, Dolin Blanc, lemon, and lemongrass-lavender-chamomile syrup.

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Christian and Ryan, a meeting of the beverage minds over the TCR bar.

Cocktail and spirits pairings at The Cypress Room change nightly based on the 5-course tasting menu of the evening. Each day before dinner service our chefs review the dishes with Bartender Christian Carnevale and General Manager Amanda Su who perform some improvisational magic exercising their smarts and a little creative license for good measure.

Christian says, “The guests at The Cypress Room are looking to see what we can do. They are genuinely interested in what they’re drinking – whether it’s from a wine glass or a highball. They want to test our knowledge. These pairings give us an opportunity to converse with the Tasting Menu, show off what we can do and get creative! Our focus is on guest experience, everything is thought of beforehand, needs are anticipated and tailored to you.”

And if you were to ask Ryan, what makes a good cocktail? He’d say, “if you keep going back for more!” And we sure will, see you at The Cypress Room!  What will be your summer cocktail go-to at The Cypress Room? Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @thecypressroom and tag us on your next visit. New summer hours offer dinner Monday through Thursday, 6-10pm and Friday and Saturday 6pm-12am. The restaurant is closed Sundays.

The Cypress Room is located at 3620 Northeast Second Avenue in Miami’s Design District. Reservations recommended by calling 305.520.5197 or emailing reservations@thecypressroom.com. For more information, including current menus, please visit thecypressroom.com.

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! 

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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!