With all the exhibits to see and parties to attend, you’re bound to need a cocktail (or five) to keep your spirits high during Miami's biggest event of the year. Here, we bring you four works of art that come in a glass in honor of Art Basel Miami Beach.
According to mixologist Rob Ferrara, the average person has probably never had a proper piña colada—meaning, one that's hand-shaken and made with fresh pineapple. It's time to change that. Swing by The Rum Line, the Caribbean-inspired alfresco hideaway perched on the terrace of the Loews St. Moritz Tower. His handcrafted chef d'oeuvre mixes Bacardi Superior and Caña Brava Rum with local coconut water from Coconut Cartel, pineapple, lime, and tiki bitters in a glass that's wrapped in banana leaves and garnished with an orchid. 1601 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, 305-695-0110
For an entirely different type of artistic exhibition, head to Albert Trummer’s Drawing Room at the newly renovated Shelborne. “All of my drinks are inspired by the art of the cocktail," says the mixologist. "The ingredients are my paint and the glass is my canvas." In the case of the Shooting Star, Trummer drew inspiration from Van Gogh’s Starry Night, layering his crystal canvas with aloe vera, muddled starfruit, Belvedere Vodka, and Champagne and infusing it with one of his clandestine numbered elixirs. Be warned: a couple of these and Van Gogh's paintings start to come to life. 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-531-1271
You could sip a mint julep anywhere, but you won't find the Basel Julep anywhere but Il Mulino, located south of Fifth where you might escape the Basel crowds. The icy concoction calls for fresh muddled basil mixed with house-made berry purée, Beluga vodka, and lime juice; true to form, it’s then topped with ginger beer. While you're at Il Mulino, recharge with a bowl of pasta before the next show. 840 First St., Miami Beach, 305-372-1221
So you want to celebrate the fair—but far from it. Head down to Brickell where Tamarina serves a martini worth savoring. You won't miss the classic version once you try the Shrub Patch, a creatively vibrant cocktail that fuses bitters, fruits, and acids. A balsamic and beet shrub is made in-house and shaken with Russian Standard Vodka, Amaro Nonino, and fresh watermelon juice. Instead of throwing in an olive, basil floats above the drink, giving it a sweet, herbal, and contrasting finish—both in taste and presentation. 600 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-579-1888