5 Miami-Inspired Cocktails to Make at Home

You’re a pro at drinking cocktails. But when it comes to making them, you’d rather leave the shaking and stirring to the experts—until now. Whip up one of these delicious and surprisingly simple Miami-inspired cocktails for your next Zoom happy hour.

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miami inspired cocktail recipes the calle ocho
Photo courtesy of SLS LUX Brickell

The Calle Ocho

The S Bar at SLS LUX Brickell is known for its cafecito-infused cocktail—which, honestly, is pretty easy to make at home. Unlike a fruity vodka cocktail, the Calle Ocho is blended with coffee liqueur, vanilla bean syrup and, you guessed it, more espresso. Whip it up by combining all ingredients in a shaker tin and shaking vigorously. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a few espresso beans (if you have them).

miami inspired cocktail recipes michelada
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A Classic Michelada

Quarantine or not, these sweltering Miami afternoons are no joke. We’re cooling down with this simple recipe for a classic michelada. To make it at home, build ingredients one by one in a pint glass, add ice and top it off with a pour of Veza Sur Spanglish Latin Lager. Mix thoroughly to combine all ingredients and make it fancy with a lime wheel garnish.

Pro Tip: When building your cocktail in a glass, start with the lime juice, hot sauce and tajin, then add beer. If you’re fresh out of Veza Sur, visit to stock up.

miami inspired cocktail recipes margaritas
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Margaritas, Three Ways

There are a lot of things we miss right now—margaritas included, especially Bodega’s. Luckily, we went straight to the source to retrieve the recipes for three of its most popular mixed drinks. The result? Easy-to-replicate cocktails infused with raspberries, agave and ginger. Even better, almost all of the ingredients are available at local supermarkets. Keep in mind—all three cocktails are made the same way: shake vigorously, double strain, garnish, and serve in a glass with ice.

Hibiscus/Ginger Margarita

  • 2 ounces Casamigos tequila
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce Combier triple sec
  • ½ ounce hibiscus cordial
  • Raspberries, for garnish

  • 1 ½ ounces Casamigos Silver tequila
  • ½ ounce Dolin Blanc vermouth
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • ¾ ounce cucumber & mint-infused agave
  • Cucumber slices, for garnish

  • 2 ounces Casamigos Reposado tequila
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ¼ ounce ginger syrup
  • ½ ounce agave syrup
  • Ginger, for garnish

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Clarissa Buch Zilberman

Miami Editor

Clarissa Buch Zilberman is a writer and editor based in Miami. Focused on food, lifestyle, and travel, her work has appeared in Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Bon Appétit, and...
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