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Miami’s First Gin Club Opens In the Sexy New Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach

Gin, once described as an herbal medicine, derived from the juniper berry is one of the most widely ranging spirits in existence. In preparation for VODA Magazine’s Miami Issue, we’re headed to the Metropolitan by Como Hotel in Miami Beach. This is Tripadvisor’s current number one hotel and home to the sultry city’s very first gin club at the Traymore Bar. I perused the menu of over 30 different artisanal gins – all this time I was limiting myself to Tanqueray and Bombay. The menu features gin from the United Kingdom, United States, France, and Netherlands. While I’m content with a simple gin martini or a gin and tonic with a lime, I was thrilled to see a fabulous mixology program in place for this dynamic spirit and other alluring liquors.

Next week I’ll see for myself the way Miami Beach has reinvented itself from nightclub scene to sophisticated chic with hotels like the  Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach. A visit to The Traymore Bar, located just off the lobby of the distinct Art Deco-designed hotel, is in order! The Traymore is outfitted in pastel tones and lightened up with bright white and airy furnishings. I was thrilled to see an interesting and well-thought out wine and champagne list to accompany the creative cocktails.  A favorite is The Black Betty pictured below. The bar offers other non gin-based specialties too and  I can’t wait to grace my lips on the edge of the glass filled with the Miami Heat – a concoction of  red chile-infused tequila, lime, blackberry, cranberry, sugar and garnished with jalapeño. Moy caliente!

Photo Courtesy of the Traymore

Recipe courtesy of The Traymore Bar

The Black Betty

Nolet’s Gin 1.5 oz

Martini Bianco 0.25 oz

Amaretto di Saronno 0.25 oz

Blackberries 8 each

Lime foam 0.5 oz

Preparation:  muddle the blackberries, add all the rest of ingredients except the line foam. Shake well and double strain it. Use a Martini glass then place the lime foam on top.

Nicole Carbon

Nicole Carbon

Nicole Carbon is the Editor-In-Chief of VODA Magazine. She is based in beautiful Sarasota, FL and can also be found traveling the globe reporting back on fabulous food, wine, hotels, experiences, and other luxurious finds. She is a social media maven. Her work has appeared in the Austin American Statesman, Austin MD, Austin Monthly, Austin Woman, Austin Man, Citysearch, CultureMap.com, JetBlue’s blog, Rare Magazine, and the list goes on. She has also made TV appearances on Austin's local NBC and Fox news affiliates and a segment on the Cooking Channel's Eat St. Someday soon she will also have her own travel show and possibly a travel column – preferably in the Los Angeles Times or New York Times. And yes, there's always that fabulous book deal dream.

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