ENTER MIAMI’S LATEST SEDUCTIVE SPEAKEASY: MEZCALISTA.
Entrance of Mezcalista INTERIOR PHOTO BY MICHAEL KLEINBERG
Earlier this year, the highly anticipated Moxy South Beach made its grand debut, presenting a whimsical wonderland expertly crafted to satisfy all of your South Beach cravings. Aside from its alluring design elements that take guests on an excitingly emblematic Miami journey, the height of the experience lies within the culturally driven food and beverage offerings. Having opened this summer, Como Como and its sexy speakeasy Mezcalista bring a distinct dining and nightlife experience that is undeniably enticing.
Striking interior design of Mezcalista INTERIOR PHOTO BY MICHAEL KLEINBERG
Indicative of its name, the key element of the latter is its extensive offering of the beloved Mexicanborn libation—mezcal. Featuring an impressive collection of 210 mezcals and its derivative, tequila, cocktail lovers will delight in the inspired offerings. Helmed by award-winning mixologist Bryan Canales and with expert mezcaliers on hand at all times, the experience is just as educational as it is entertaining. Explaining the different floral and smoky notes, the experts guide guests through a vibrant journey that allows them to choose the ideal cocktail to their liking based on different flavor profiles, ingredients, herbs and fruits.
Mezcal Is My Spirit Animal signature cocktail. INTERIOR PHOTO BY MICHAEL KLEINBERG
Keeping in theme with the captivating design of the hotel, Mezcalista boasts its own unique interior elements that give it an enchanting appeal. Curated by Saladino Design Studios, Mezcalista is nestled in a catacomblike space that pays homage to the ancient traditions of mezcal. Upon entry, guests are greeted by striking red-hued lighting that illuminates copper shelves flanking exquisite glass bottles of mezcal and tequila, and two grand wooden doors that lead into the discreet lounge. Inside, guests are led to banquettes upholstered in leather and velvet with views of the intricate bar area topped with black Nero stone and terracotta walls. For a more intimate setting, Mezcalista features a velvet-draped private tasting room surrounded by elegant stone walls that caters to small parties.
COCKTAIL PHOTO BY ANTHONY NADER 52CHEFS
Amid the high-level craft, clubgoers relish a dark and intimate environment that is heightened by live DJ performances that inevitably lead to late-night dancing on the banquettes. Rejoice in the inimitable spirit of Mexican culture and clink your El Diablo in a setting that boasts both exclusivity and class. 921 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, @mezcalista_miami
SIP ON THIS: EL DIABLO
1.5 oz. Amaras Cupreata Mezcal
0.75 oz. watermelon juice
0.75 oz. red bell pepper juice
0.5 oz. agave syrup (two parts agave to one part water)
0.75 oz. lime juice
Start by muddling one chile de arbol and one large strawberry or two small strawberries with the lime juice, then add the rest of the ingredients. Shake it and strain to be served in a chilled martini glass and garnish with cilantro oil (olive oil blended with cilantro, strained) and add Tajin to the rim with a halved cherry tomato.