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10 ridiculous cocktails you can drink in Miami right now

Written by
Sara Liss

First came the craft concoctions, then the double-digit price tags, and now it’s outrageous drinking vessels blowing the doors off Miami’s cocktail scene, with tipples primed for your social media feed. Homemade bitters and artisanal shrubs make them taste divine, but playful cups and shareable bowls make these camera-ready specimens a delight to drink.

Horned King cocktail at Pao by Paul Qui

The rum-based unicorn cocktail—made with Bacardi Reserva Superior 8 Años rum, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, passion fruit and lime, all topped off with a flaming shot of Hamilton 151 rum—pays homage to the $6 million Damien Hirst golden unicorn statue that lords over the restaurant’s dining room. Not a fan of rum? You can request any drink to be served in the stylish copper glass.

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Belvedere Bear at Rockwell

Rockwell nightclub takes bottle service to a cheeky level with its giant metallic teddy bear festooned with sparklers, which is presented to those who order a magnum of Belvedere vodka. If you’re paying upward of $950 for drinks, you may as well get a souvenir out of it.

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Desert Daisy at Stubborn Seed

This blooming cocktail, available at Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford’s restaurant, is literally as down-to-earth as it gets: a glass cylinder dusted with carrot and habanero (dubbed an “earth dome”) and filled with a tasty blend of Olmeca Altos tequila, fresh beet juice, an habanero shrub, orange bell pepper and lime.

Roman’s Conch at Kiki on the River

The Miami River hot spot takes inspiration from its waterfront setting for this communal refreshment presented in a glass conch shell. There’s enough Santa Teresa rum, Velvet Falernum, Oloroso sherry and passion fruit bitters to serve six people!

El Biembien at the Nautilus South Beach lobby bar

The fiery drink (available during the hotel’s weekly asado) is served in a festive tiki mug and set aflame the moment it arrives. The rum-heavy blend of Ron Barceló Añejo, Ron Barceló Imperial, fruit juices and Velvet Falernum is as tasty as it is flammable.

Copper Mermaid at Stiltsville Fish Bar

What’s sexy, shiny and slender? The adorable mermaid formerly known as Janine (a funny nod to Stiltsville’s talented toque, Janine Booth), which contains enough Absolute Elyx vodka to make you feel like a fish out of water. 

Smoked cocktail at The ScapeGoat

We won’t limit your choices here, as the South of Fifth bar has a number of smoked cocktails worthy of winding up on your Instagram. Some are burned straight on and others are infused with a fog produced by torching objects such as wood. As they say, the folks at ScapeGoat like to burn things.

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No Figgity, No Doubt at KYU

What do you get when you blend Bulleit bourbon and Amaro Montenegro and infuse it with rosemary, vanilla, lemon and orange zest? This aromatic beauty garnished with a torched rosemary fig.   

Koh Samui Coconut Colada at Nikki Beach Miami

We can’t think of a better cocktail to sip near the beach. Equal parts refreshing and pretty, the Koh Samui Coconut (named for the island where it hails from) is a simple blend of fresh coconut water, coconut meat and rumchata. 

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Tiki cocktail at the Anderson

This face.  

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