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A private sushi-making class puts a twist on this happy hour

Zuma Miami offers a private sushi class during the week as a way to slip into happy hour, with cocktails and deals on dishes.
Zuma Miami offers a private sushi class during the week as a way to slip into happy hour, with cocktails and deals on dishes. Hand out

Sip & Savor Happy Hour spotlights a happy-hour food and drink special every week.

Elegant, understated and contemporary, Zuma Miami makes for a versatile hangout. Its soft, golden lighting and intimate seating make it a natural place to unwind with colleagues after a long work day. On weekends, an upbeat, bass-heavy soundtrack keeps the atmosphere lively and gets you pumped before a night out on the town.

The deal

You can become a master sushi chef at Zuma’s new private sushi classes, offered Monday through Friday from noon to 2 p.m. for groups of six to 20 people. The class starts at $150 per person and includes passed canapes upon arrival, an introduction into the history of sushi, tips to finding the best fish in Miami, a main course, dessert platters and a gift bag of useful goodies. It’s a fun way to slide into happy hour.

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Zuma’s salmon teriyaki is marinated in lime, soy, sake and mirin, then robata grilled.

Something to sip

Dive into Zuma’s refreshing new Hotei, made with aged rum, lime juice, banana liquor, lychee juice, and cream coconut ginger bear.

Other sips

Zuma’s new cocktail collection features drinks representing each of Japan’s seven gods of fortune. For a smokey sip, try Bishamonten (aka “Bisha” — the God of War), made with Creyente mezcal, pulverized apple, salted caramel and house-infused yuzu. Or go for the sweet and sparkling Benzaiten (aka “Benza” — the goddess of eloquence, music and art), made with Stoli Elit vodka, Japanese yamamomo berries, raspberry, cherry liqueur, house-made bitters and sparkling sake.

Something to savor

Zuma’s mushroom salad is the perfect starter, blending four kinds of mushrooms tossed with mizuna, soft tofu, carrots and myorga. As your main, try the salmon teriyaki, marinated in lime, soy, sake and mirin, then robata grilled and glazed with teriyaki sauce.

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Zuma’s mushroom salad includes four kinds of mushrooms.

The recipe: Hotei

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The so-called Laughing Buddha, Hotei, is the inspiration behind Zuma’s signature cocktail made with aged rum.

2 1/4 ounces of aged rum

1 ounce of lime juice

1 ounce of banana liquor (or banana juice)

1/4 ounce of cream coconut

Ginger beer (Fever Tree, Q Tonic, Goslings)

Combine all the ingredients except for the ginger beer in a shaker tin. Add ice, shake, and single strain over fresh ice. Top with ginger beer.

270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami

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