I Left My Wallet at La Segunda
From M.Bird at Armature Works
With a name inspired by Ybor City’s iconic Cuban bakery, Jay Wells and the M. Bird team created this rum-based cocktail that incorporates a taste of the tropics (including the guava that Ybor City co-founder Gavino Gutierrez was promised but, alas, did not find in Tampa).
1 oz. Smith & Cross
Traditional Jamaican Rum
1 oz. Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
1 oz. guava-coco cream
1 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. orgeat syrup
Add all ingredients into shaker (except Gosling’s) and shake with ice. Serve in a Collins or swizzle glass on crushed ice. Float 1 oz. Gosling’s on top. Garnish with two pineapple fronds and one filthy cherry.
BARTENDER – CHUCK COOPER
M.Bird | 1903 Market St. | (813) 296-2702 | mbirdtampa.com
No Bad Juju – From Rox at the Current Hotel
Tampa’s Cuban immigrants were known for their superstitions, and one way to remove negative energy from your home or environment is to burn sage. The Current’s bar team serves this cocktail in a sage-smoked snifter “to cleanse the ‘spirit’ and the ‘host’” before the drinker’s first sip.
1 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
1 oz. 10-year port wine (the Current’s team uses Taylor Fladgate)
1 oz. Martell Blue Swift Cognac
Add all three ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir about 30 times.
MIXOLOGIST – KIM BAILY
ROX | 2545 N. Rocky Point Drive | (813) 281-2545| thecurrenthotel.com
Southern Smoke – From Repeal 18
Thanks to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa was a hotspot for liquor smugglers and bootleggers during Prohibition. Speakeasies, also known as blind tigers or blind pigs, flourished. The Westchase cocktail bar Repeal 18 (as in, the 18th amendment, which established Prohibition) pays tribute to this period in the city’s history with 1920s-themed libations, like this one.
1 ½ oz. Milagro Reposado
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. lime juice
½ oz. orange juice
½ oz. egg whites
½ oz. Solerno blood orange liqueur
¼ oz. Great King Street Scotch whisky
Combine all ingredients, shake with no ice. Add ice, shake again, and double strain (once with a mesh strainer and once with a fine mesh strainer).
BARTENDER – AMANDA POLLOCK
Repeal 18 | 9882 W. Linebaugh Ave. | (813) 373-0700 | repeal-18.com
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