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March 14, 2014

Cavalli Miami Unveils Luxurious ‘Passion for Fashion’ Cocktails

By Chris Boyle

cavalli cocktail_Conceptualized and developed by Roberto Cavalli, the celebrated couturier’s Cavalli Miami Restaurant & Lounge has brought the best of Italy’s food, fashion and design to Miami.

Located at 150 Ocean Drive, the fashion designer’s first US culinary and nightlife destination exudes opulence with his iconic designs, exotic prints and personal memorabilia. No detail goes unnoticed, from the silk floral-print table cloths down to the signature hand-crafted libations.

Crafted by fellow Italian and head mixologist Lorenzo Cassano, Cavalli Miami’s cocktail menu reflects all aspects of the couturier’s career.

“I created the five Roberto Cavalli Cocktails by taking inspiration from Cavalli’s story, the muses and the fashion empire he created in Italy,” he says.

There is more to ordering a drink at Cavalli Miami, where execution is an art and mixologists create an interactive experience with each guest.

Representingboth Italian luxury and Miami’s electric party scene, Roberto Cavalli Cocktails ($16), showcase the celebrated designer’s Italian roots.

One of the most popular drinks at Cavalli Miami reflects the restaurant’s three pillars of fashion, food and design. TreEccellenze, an elaborate drink that requires ample preparation, utilizes Cavalli’s self-titled Vodka, fresh ginger root, lime, sage, chili pepper and a splash of ginger.

Endless Summer features Cavalli Vodka infused in-house with rosemary, Aperol, fresh lime and grapefruit, orange bittersand is the apropos name for a cocktail in the city with truly endless warm weather.

A concoction that came to Cassano in a dream, Purple Glamour, speaks to the sexy Cavalli woman. Everything down to the cocktail’s sultry purple appearance exudes glamour and passion and has proved to be a favorite among women – Cavalli Vodka mixed with flor de violet and orgeat syrup, an almond syrup made in house daily and fresh lemon.

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Cavalli vs. Cavalli, named so because it utilizes both theiconic designer’s wine and vodka, is a nice balance of sweet and sour combining Cavalli Le Redini red wine and orange infused Cavalli Vodka, Chambord, and egg whites.

Paying homage to the last decade of Cavalli fashion shows, Op Art resembles the era’s infatuation with optical illusions as cocoa brush strokes are gently painted on the martini glass as contrast to the blend of Cavalli Vodka, Baileys, Frangelico, mint and Aztec chocolate bitters; a sweet ending to a Cavalli dinner.

For those looking to indulge without liquid courage, a trio of non-alcoholic cocktails graces the menu at $9. A drink originally created for President Obama, Spicy Garden, features grapefruit juice, orange and lemon juice, lavender syrup and chili pepper for a little kick. A less citrusy yet equally refreshing option, Fresco combines cucumber, fresh lime, mint, house made simple syrup and tonic water.

Topping off the menu is the Islamorada; a blend of lychee, orange and grapefruit juice with sweet and sour mixand a splash of cranberry.

A more freestyle approach to the art of mixology, a second section of Cocktails ($16) pays homage to the acceptance of experimentation Miami embraces at the bar. With eye catching names such as What Women Want and The Gentleman, these drinks are impossible to resist. What Jesus Would Drink!! mixes Vin Santo, dry Vermouth and Jamaican rum. This libation is simple and classic, showcasing what the island country specializes in.

Refreshing and refined, the Cool Cat sees brandy infused with pear in-house, along with Absolut Pears, Domaine de Canton and lime juice. To create a more sensory experience, the cocktail is garnished with a spritz of Falernum perfume – a Caribbean simple syrup with hazelnut, almond and vanilla to give it a nice sweet aroma.

And why would Cavalli Miami feature a drink named I’d Jump on Her? For none other than bombshell Brigitte Bardot! The name was conceptualized when Cassano was researching Cavalli’s legacy of a career.

Awed by Bardot’s beauty as she walked into his first showroom, Cavalli reminisced years later and summed up the moment with four simple words: ‘I’d jump on her.’ To honor the muse, the exotic cocktail is prepared with Disaronno Amaretto, Plymouth Gin, Yellow Chartreuse and Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters.

At Cavalli Miami, guests can expect an array of drinks inspired by the designer’s lavish lifestyle. A truly opulent concoction, The High Roller ($450) combines the most expensive alcohols available, including Champagne Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque, Louis XIII de Rémy Martin, Angostura bitters and brown sugar cubes – the once in a lifetime libation crafted for the ultimate high roller.

Coffee Expressions ($15), includeBlack Bull – Absolut Vanilla, espresso and house made cream; Espresso Pleasure- espresso, Baileys, Frangelico and orange zest, or Irish Coffee- espresso with a surprise of Jameson, house made cream and coffee beans. Homemade cream is whipped into foam and contrasts beautifully with the black coffee, all served in Tulipano glass.

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