During the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, some events are about the food, some are about the wine – and some just turn into a drinking fest (okay, maybe they all do). This year, we were hoping for some amazing craft cocktails and our wishes came true, as we were granted some complimentary tickets to Drink Fort Lauderdale.
This boozy event, held in FATVillage in Fort Lauderdale, brought together some of the area’s top mixologists who showed off their skills in both mixing cocktails and flair bartending (Tiki Ono, we loved you so). For the mixologists, it wasn’t just about mixing up any cocktail. It was about taking guests on a walk through history.
Walking through history is what we did – in the form of cocktails. Drinks from the 1900’s to the present were free flowing throughout the night, courtesy of artists from CWS, Stache Drinking Den, Tiki Ono, Lilt Lounge and more. We quickly discovered that we were born in a fabulous drinking decade (Tiki ‘Ono’s Lata Coladas with Oak & Cane American Craft Rum, Real Coco Syrup, Basil Syrup & Pineapple were our favorite of the night), while other decades were just not our style.
After tasting all of the featured drinks (eight were being served), food trucks seemed like a perfect fit — and there was an excellent line-up at Drink Fort Lauderdale for our eating pleasure. These local food trucks brought us an excellent line-up of late night eats including Curry Chicken from Jerk It Cuisine, Jackfruit Carnitas from Box of Chacos, Creamed Corn Cups from Miami Roasted Corn and to end the night, Strawberry Sorbet Bars with Balsamic Glaze from HipPOPS.
With our tummies full and our thirst quenched, we left in high spirits – and since we were out of Miami, with minimal traffic.
Cheers to another successful South Beach Food & Wine Festival and, of course, to the Taste Fort Lauderdale series.
See you in 2018.