On the heels of the launch of a newly revamped wine program and tantalizing new menu items, beginning Thursday May 25, 2017, Rusty Pelican will showcase a new cocktails list created by Head Mixologist Oscar Amaya (formerly of Ariete and Baby Jane). In a space that offers one of Miami’s best sunset Happy Hour settings – seemly tailor-made for sipping cocktails while enjoying the view – Amaya was tapped in late 2016 to craft unique cocktails designed to enhance the iconic waterfront dining destination’s libations offerings.
Finding a way to execute exciting, innovative cocktails yet at the same time cater to the busy restaurant’s dining, special events and bar patrons, Pallava Goenka, Regional Managing Director for Specialty Restaurants Corporation (SRC) worked with Amaya, putting in months of research as they developed the program. “No detail was overlooked”, said Goenka. “We spent a lot of time designing not only the cocktails but the actual look and feel of the menus, selecting the right glassware, garnishes and investing in a new ice machine to help insure we were creating a cocktail program equal to our magnificent setting.”
Embracing one of the hottest trends in cocktails today, the new menu contains five different takes on the classic gin and tonic. Simply labeled Gin #1 through Gin #5 each drink is made with a different brand of the fragrant spirit and incorporates different flavors ranging from thyme & apricot and lemon & basil, to passionfruit & tarragon.
Some other highlights include the Floridita – inspired by the historic, first restaurant and cocktail bar in the old city of Havana, which was famous for its rum-based cocktails and was an old haunt of Ernest Hemingway. Bacardi 8, fresh lime juice, sugar cane syrup, egg white and mint are combined to create the perfect tribute to Cuba in its heyday.
Other cocktails perfect for sipping at the gorgeous waterfront restaurant include Agave Sunset — with Creyente mezcal, passion fruit puree, blue agave, fresh raspberries and house-made sour mix; and Missing Summer — inspired by the natural beauty of Key Biscayne. It has a spicy and well-balanced flavor with Mezcal, fresh lime juice, rich simple syrup, Luxardo maraschino, green chartreuse, jalapeno, and a rosemary and lime garnish. For those who love a good whiskey-based cocktail, the JT Boulevardier — named after SRC’s CEO John Tallichet — contains Michter’s Rye, Foro Amaro, Carpano Bianco, and orange bitters with an orange peel garnish.
Rusty Pelican’s sushi and sashimi offerings, also available at the bar, go great with the Nihon Teien. The cocktail blends Bombay Sapphire gin, Junmai sake, fresh lime juice, home-made basil syrup, and ginger beer. The Nihon Teien, meaning garden in Japanese, is served in a metal martini glass reflecting the futuristic spirit of contemporary Japanese cities.
All of these fabulous libations, created by Amaya, can be enjoyed in the dining room as well as the bar/lounge area and on the bay side patio overlooking the downtown Miami skyline.
The Rusty Pelican is located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. Lunch and Dinner are served daily and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Hours are Sunday to Thursday from 11AM to 11PM (bar open until midnight); Friday and Saturday from 11AM to 12AM (bar open until 1AM). Happy Hour is from 4PM to 7 PM Monday through Friday. Telephone: (305) 361-3818; therustypelican.com.
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About Specialty Restaurants Corporation (SRC)
SRC, founded in 1958 by World War II Army Aircorp veteran, David C. Tallichet Jr., has been an industry leader for more than 50 years with a portfolio of 21 countless others. All of SRC’s restaurants are in beautifully appointed locations that offer breathtaking panoramic views of city skylines, waterfronts or airports. Renowned for their extensive special events capabilities, the SRC portfolio also includes Specialty Events and SRC Event Group featuring on and off-site event production, coordination and design services. Specialty Events is a full-service event planning service for the SRC restaurants providing flawless, unforgettable celebrations from an intimate casual dinner for two to a corporate retreat or an elegant dream wedding. For more information visit, www.specialtyrestaurants.com or www.specialtyevents.com. award-winning restaurants throughout the United States, including distinguished restaurants such as Orange Hill in Orange County, Castaway in Burbank, Proud Bird in Los Angeles, Rusty Pelican in Miami, Florida, Whiskey Joes in Tampa and Miami, Florida.
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