Zagat: What to Drink This Weekend
By Carissa Chesanek
January 24, 2014
South Beach’s trendy Thai eatery Khong River House recently unveiled a new beverage program full of barrel-aged gin cocktails, housemade tonics and The Porthole Infuser - a nifty little infusion device – found only in a select few venues around the country – that helps marinate cocktails with fresh fruits and herbs for a rapid handcrafted infusion. These crafty sips are made to share ($40 for two people, $110 for 4 people) and include two made of a rum, brandy and gin mix: the Khong River house cup with vanilla bean and dried hibiscus flowers along with the The Grey Berry with blackberries and orange oil.
As for the new barrel-aged gin cocktails ($10-$16 each), you’ll have options like a dry Curacao barrel-aged negroni that’s kept in a dry barrel for over eight weeks, or Beefeater gin that’s aged in a negroni seasoned barrel for eight weeks. Four housemade tonic waters are also offered to pair with the restaurant’s large gin selection, with flavors including galanga lime house tonic, hibiscus flower tonic, orange tamarind tonic, and pandanus leaf tonic with coconut.
1661 Meridian Ave.; 305-763-8147
Yahoo Travel: Best new bars in the U.S.
By Jenny Adams
January 3, 2014
The masterminds behind some of America’s best bars have been busy. Outstanding new places to party have popped up all across the country, including a fun and friendly Tiki spot in Louisville, and a coastal Spanish tapas bar in the East Village of New York City. We can’t get enough of Portland’s new whiskey library, and you can now get premium bottle service in Miami for only $130!
Cheers to 2013 and our favorite, must-visit spots for the start of 2014.
Patpong Road – Miami
Tucked away above the mammoth Khong River House restaurant is itty-bitty, super-awesome Patpong Road. The teak-and-graffiti design is an American version of some place you might stumble across down an alley in Bangkok. The bar menu is premium, and the staff knows their way around a shaker tin. You can flop down on cushioned benches with your buddies and order from a menu of authentic Thai small plates.
Drink: Their Laid-ee cocktail. It’s a combo of fresh fruit juice, rum and lime, served in a plastic baggie with a straw rather than a real glass … just as it would be in Thailand.
Bonus: They offer bottle service for $130 here, with a range of great spirits and a price much lower than you will find anywhere else in Miami.