GO DRINK THIS
The drink: “J-Bird Cocktail” by Nico Szymanski
The price: $14
The story: Here’s a slick twist on a throwback tiki drink called the Jungle Bird, which first surfaced in 1978 at the Hilton’s Aviary Bar in Kuala Lumpur with layers of Jamaican rum. In Fort Lauderdale’s version, known as the “J-Bird Cocktail,” Living Room bartender Nico Szymanski uses two unusually dry rums from the Dominican Republic and serves it up in an elegant coupe instead of on the rocks punch-style. He fuses Brugal Especial with Brugal 1888 to create a seamless blend of caramel and woodsy notes with a clean finish that’s all enhanced by the dryness of the Campari. Fresh pineapple juice, lime and simple syrup round out the cocktail, creating a smooth and seductive (hint: irresistible) start to the night.
Where to find it: Living Room inside the W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.