Tobacco Road opens 'The Cocktail Collection' to recreate the space's speakeasy vibe from Prohibition

 

Miami's oldest bar returns to its roots by retrofitting the second floor into a cabaret with cocktails and live music

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By Galena Mosovich | galenascott@gmail.com

Tobacco Road is revitalizing the spirit of the speakeasy that once reigned on its second floor. From 1920 to 1933, the upstairs of Miami’s oldest bar was known as “The Bakery” among in-the-know locals and notorious characters, all of whom imbibed there illegally during Prohibition. The space was even used by Al Capone as his personal gambling den.

The Cocktail Collection reflects the vision of Patrick Gleber, a longtime partner in the business of the centenarian bar, and Miami-based mixologist Leo Holtzman. The duo joined forces to “combine a bit of old-world history with modern magic.”

They retrofitted the upstairs from a relative dive to a suitable retreat for cocktails and live musical performances that will take them through the end of the three-year lease with the group Tobacco Road Property Holdings that purchased the land in 2012.

Twelve cocktails created by Holtzman grace a menu that will change seasonally. His initial list of classics and twists on classics ($12) will be available through April.

“We celebrate the cocktail – pure and simple,” Holtzman said.

DRUNKEN DRAGON
Bourbon, yuzu, ginger
A variation of a Presbyterian, which historically comprises Scotch whisky and ginger ale

MINT² MOJITO
Rum, mint, lime

EASTERN LEGACY
Gin, peach, elderflower
A new-age cocktail

THE CHILE MULE
Vodka, ginger puree, serrano pepper
A twist on a Moscow Mule

COLLINS #75
Champagne, gin, lemon
A twist on a French 75

SMOKE FASHION

Bourbon, bitters, smoke
Manhattan and an Old Fashioned hybrid

ESPRESSO EXPRESSION
Infused vodka, espresso, Baileys Irish Cream

THE GATEWAY
White rum, mint, yuzu, Prosecco

GARDENER’S MARGARITA
Reposado, bell pepper, serrano pepper, lime

HEMINGWAY DAIQUIRI

Rum, lime, grapefruit
The original recipe for the literary legend’s favorite cocktail

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