Fall is creeping in and with it comes cooler weather and cozy nights. Possibly during the summer you spent your time cooling off with a breezy cocktail and are wondering how to transition that experience into fall. Why not follow the advice of an iconic Miami Beach property known as the Fontainebleau? Once the weather dips it’s time to try some fabulous fall cocktails, perfect for entertaining, enjoying with girlfriends or with your main squeeze.
Recently, I was treated to a “cocktail crawl” at the Fontainebleau, where corporate mixologist and fellow Puerto Rican Hector Acevedo has created an enticing list of cocktails to revamp their lobby bar’s menu at Bleau Bar, as well as the spot’s award-winning restaurants Gotham Steak, Scarpetta and Hakkasan.
What follows are my favorite picks from this experience of trying out this unique cocktails. Cocktails will be available in the Fontainebleau starting in October, but the following recipes will entice you to make them at home, bringing the experience to your living room if you’re far away from Miami Beach. Cheers!
Bleau Bar is the “it” lobby bar in Miami Beach, where celebrities and locals gather to sip and mingle. Try the spot’s Bleauberry Mojito, a mix of Bacardi Superior, blueberry compote, fresh-pressed mint, cane syrup and lime juice.
Bunch of fresh mint leaves
1-2 Scoops blueberry compote
.5 oz. Cane syrup
1.5 oz. Bacardi Superior rum
1 oz. Club soda
Place 6-8 mint leaves at bottom of a Collins glass. Lightly muddle mint and add ice. In a mixing glass, add blueberry compote, squeezed juice from lime, cane syrup, 6 mint leaves and rum. Add ice and shake to mix. Pour club soda into bottom of Collins glass. Strain mix over fresh ice into Collins glass. Garnish with mint sprig and blueberries.
This sexy steakhouse offers a sleek bar where you can perch upon while sipping on edgy cocktails such as the Bella, a mix of watermelon and cantaloupe infused 42 Below vodka, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and mint.
.5 oz. Simple syrup
.5 oz. Lemon juice
5-6 Mint leaves
.3 oz. Watermelon & cantaloupe 42 Below vodka mix
In a mixing glass, add simple syrup, lemon juice, mint leaves and vodka mix. Add ice, shake and strain into martini glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.
This Italian restaurant offers fresh pasta dishes and a variety of other delicacies, as well as a selection of refreshing cocktails with a twist such as the spicy Ginger/Pink Peppercorn Collins, featuring Wodka vodka, Aperol, Yuzu, spice syrup and Izzy grapefruit soda, topped off with a rosemary garnish.
Ginger/Pink Peppercorn Collins
1.5 oz. Wodka vodka
.5 oz. Aperol
.5 oz. Yuzu
.5 oz. Spice syrup
2 oz. Izzy grapefruit soda
1 Rosemary sprig
In a Boston shaker, add vodka, Aperol, Yuzu, spice syrup and grapefruit soda. Shake and strain. Pour into Collins glass and garnish with pink peppercorns and rosemary sprig.
This sleek restaurant offers a sexy champagne cocktail known as the London in Lavender, a mix of Bombay Sapphire gin, lavender syrup, yuzu and Roederer champagne that is garnished with edible flowers.
London in Lavender
1 oz. Bombay Sapphire gin
.75 oz. Lavender syrup
1 oz. Yuzu
3 oz. Louis Roederer champagne
1 Edible flower
Mix ingredients using a bar spoon and pour into a champagne glass. Garnish with an edible flower.
For more information on the Fontainebleau andif you’re interested in paying a visit, check out www.fontainebleau.com.