Beach and Polo mix well

 

Led by famed mixologist Nick Mautone, the recent polo matches on Miami Beach left a great taste for patrons.

Grey Goose and Polo 1
The Grey Goose Women's Polo Team.
 

By Micaela Hood

This weekend, things were a little animalistic on the sands of South Beach. We spotted several equestrian lovers horsing around during the Miami Beach Polo festivities.

The weather couldn't have been more perfect on the bright and cloudless Sunday (April 25) when fans gathered to watch the closing games inside the Grey Goose and Bombay Sapphire VIP mixology tent.
 
Although most people were there to watch the sporting event, a few partygoers preferred to listen to dance music spun by the DJs and sip on cocktails whipped up by New York famed mixologist and author Nick Mautone.

We got a chance to sip on some of Mautone's drinks that he created just for the horse-friendly event. His most savory concoctions were the Grey Goose La Poire vodka peartini (vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice and a thinly sliced pear for garnish) and a spatini (which included cucumber, sugar, fresh mint, lemon juice, basil and Grey Goose Le Citron).

 Creating the perfect drink isn't easy.  Mautone says perfection takes time.

“I've been working as a mixologist for 30 years now.”

In between pouring drinks, Mautone, who travels to Miami frequently, said he enjoyed watching the matches. “It's a different crowd than New York and much different than the Kentucky Derby.”

 That's not surprising. Only at a Miami polo match would you see half-naked girls dancing on top of fixtures in between match rounds. In fact, we spotted a few polo players getting down, too.

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