Get a Taste of the Tropics at Swizzle

Odds are you’ve seen a “Swizzle” cocktail at your favorite tropical bar over the years. Traditionally a rum-based drink with a similar composition to a punch, the Swizzle originated in the late 17th century when ice was introduced to the Caribbean. The cocktail is created by swiftly stirring a drink with crushed ice for several minutes to create a frothy, icy cocktail. The drink was also the inspiration for the newest bar concept at Washington Park Hotel, which sports the same name.

Spearheaded by Danilo “Dacha” Bozovic, author of Barkeep; head bartender and partner in the upcoming Employees Only Miami set to open this December, it features unique cocktails in a leisurely setting and we got a first taste.

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Signature cocktail include a variety of different swizzle cocktails with some of our favorites including the Cachaça Swizzle with Leblon Cachaça swizzled with Raspberry Puree, Montenegro Liqueur, Fresh Lime Juice and Angostura Bitters; President Swizzle with Montelobos Mezcal swizzled with1738 Remy Martin Cognac, Pineapple Juice, Rhubarb Syrup and Lime Juice; Hollywood Swizzle with St. Germain Liqueur, Banks Rum, Velvet Falernum Liqueur, Lemon Juice and Peychaud’s Bitters; and the South Beach Swizzle with Barsol Pisco swizzled with Young Coconut Puree, Lime Juice, White Crème de Cacao & Old Fashioned Bitters.

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Employees Only favorites also made the menu including Lucy Lu with Vida Mezcal, Maraschino Liqueur, Lime Juice & Grapefruit Juice, finished with Angostura Bitters and the Rum Old Fashioned w/ Smith and Cross Rum stirred with muddled Brandied Cherries & Orange, Demerara Syrup & Angostura, Peychaud’s, Orange Bitters.

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But it’s not just drinks on the Swizzle menu, there are also plenty of bites to soak all that booze up with. Our highlights included the Baby Kale Caesar; Avocado and Crab Toast with Dill; Chicken Kefta Kebab with Tahini Yogurt and Herb Salad; Smokey Plantain Chips with Lime Crema; Yellowfin Tuna Burger and the juicy Washington Park Burger topped with muenster cheese and pickled onions.

Until you get a chance to check out this laidback drinking spot for yourself, check out the pictures below.

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