Terrance Barnhill, 36, a bar manager at Wall Nightclub on Miami Beach, explains that when it comes to mixology, it’s about the experience.
“Mixology incorporates a culinary aspect and a heightened level of skill to maximize the overall flavor of the cocktail,” Barnhill say. Nothing is off limits. Cayenne pepper, ginger, mint leaves are among the different ingredients you can find in your next cocktail.
Noire Miami profiled three Miami mixologists and asked them what cocktails are they likely to be serving up this summer. Click here to see pictures of our cocktail creators and their drink.
Click here to see pictures of our cocktail creators and their drink.
The menu breaks down cocktails into three different categories: Bitters, herbs and fruits and vegetables. The bitters such as, lemon, peach and grapefruit are used for flavoring as opposed to relying on excess or artificial sugars. Herbs such as sage, basil, mint and rosemary provide a visual sensation to enhance the smell of the cocktail and presentation. Fruit and vegetable juices like orange, pineapple, lychee and passion fruit give the cocktails volume and substance.
If you end up bar side at his locale, he suggests springing for Cucumber Collins cocktail that’s made with Square One cucumber vodka, lemon juice, yuzu juice (a sour Japanese citrus fruit), fresh cucumbers and pickled blueberries.
“The Cucumber Collins is a great tasting cocktail,” Miles says. “It’s refreshing which work well with the summertime season.”
“I believe that providing a great experience is a team effort,” he says. “I like to incorporate the kitchen crew to get them involved in the specialty creations, as well.”
Anyone down for a cocktail adventure can find Hall most nights at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar. This summer he says spring for the Kiwi Rush, a light tropical fruit flavored cocktail made with Brandy Green Chartreuse (herbal liqueur) lemon egg whites, vanilla bean sugar and kiwi syrup.
“When you think of summer, you think of bright and colorful creations and that’s what a Kiwi Rush looks like.”
“I’m all about listening to people’s problems,” he says. “I enjoy socializing with people and I like to find out about their day and make them feel relaxed as possible and provide a great experience.”
Stennette has been serving for five years and enjoys pouring up cocktails using rum and vodka because he says they’re easy to mix. But he’s up for any challenge.
Stennette recommended drink for the summer is Yard Bird’s very own, Southern Revival, made with buffalo trace bourbon, sour passion fruit juice, simple syrup, lemon juice and a hint of basil.
“ I always like to coincide with the season, “ he says. “So ,summertime is always a perfect time for something refreshing.”