Best Miami Steakhouses to Celebrate National Rum Day, August 16
Tropical climates seem the most suitable locales to enjoy cocktails of rum – the spirit of the tropics – and you’ll find some of Miami’s best rum cocktails at Miami’s best steakhouses.
People tend to think of rum drinks as sweet, but that is not always – or even usually – so: many good rums are complex distillations that take on the unique flavors of the Caribbean locations where they’re usually made, as well as the barrels they’re aged in, and the unique touch of the master distiller who creates them. Such well-crafted rums are almost never “sweet,” though they can become so if you add fruit juice or other mixers.
Here are five of Miami’s best steakhouses, all serving some of the best rum cocktails, all perfect for celebrating National Rum Day, August 16.
BLT Prime. BLT Prime Doral Steakhouse in Miami Beach is a fantastic place for a USDA prime steak and a rum beverage crafted by the skillful hands behind the BLT bar. The Smash 8 is a mix of Bacardi 8, apple and Champagne shrub, and Leafy Syrup, topped with Remy Martin 1738. Because rum is not, by nature, a sweet spirit, it pairs well with many foods, even a delicious steak like BLT’s 28-day dry aged prime porterhouse, or their equally superb 10-ounce Wagyu top cap.
Meat Market. The Meat Market in Miami Beach does a mean mojito, prepared in the classic way, with Bacardi Superior Rum, citrus, mint and bitters. They also concoct a fantastic Meat Market Mai Tai with Ron Zacapa Rum (one of our favorites), Havana Club Blanco Rum, citrus, orgeat and Myer’s Dark Rum, a beautiful mixture of some of the best rums available. Meat Market also has a menu of over twenty sipping rums, beautiful pairings with steak or fish, all of which are served in style at Meat Market.
Bourbon Steak. With a positively majestic spirits menu, Bourbon Steak offers many rums suitable for sipping and adding to a cocktail. With one of their fantastic steak or seafood selections, you can match an equally fantastic rum. Bourbon Steak’s premium selections include Don Pancho 30 Year, Facundo Paraiso and Zacapa XO. You can have rums like this in a classic Daquiri or mojito, but with spirits this good, we’d encourage you to enjoy them with just an ice cube…and of course, one of Bourbon Steaks prime cuts of meat, like the oak wood-fired Delmonico or the Japanese A5 Strip Loin.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. In Coral Gables, at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, you can get a great steak and a great wine to go with it, but why not stretch a little and enjoy a rum drink with your red meat? The Spanish Heritage is a beautiful rum drink with a serious bite: Bacardi Ocho Rum, bitters, lime and a jolt of spice from house-made poblano syrup. That capsaicin punch in this cocktail makes this rum drink a perfect pairing for a deliciously lush Fleming’s steak.
Steak 954. In Fort Lauderdale, Steak 954 does a superb job of mixing up some truly memorable rum cocktails. Described as “aromatic,” the Cardamom Cuban is a masterful mix of Bacardi 8 Year Rum, lime and cardamom, elegantly simple. The Pain Killer, a classic tropical drink, is a composition of Pusser’s Naval Rum, pineapple, orange, cream of cocoanut and nutmeg. For the end of the night, consider the Zombie, a traditional Tiki drink of Goslings 151 rum, pineapple, falernum, Plantation and Tanduay rums, and lime – limit two per customer. What a way to close out National Rum Day, August 16!