All Fizz, No Fuss: The 6 sparkling cocktails you should be sipping right now

The Ultimate Gin-Tonic at Bazaar Mar at SLS Brickell in Miami.
The Ultimate Gin-Tonic at Bazaar Mar at SLS Brickell in Miami.

The drinks you’ll be sipping all summer long have one thing in common: bubbles. Our six favorite fizzy cocktails, spritz refreshers and sparkling wines — and where to order them around Miami.

1. Moscow Mule

Served in a chilly copper mug, this Instagrammable icon is a summertime heat-beater. La Centrale spikes its Italian version with Amare Montenegro. At Forte dei Marmi, the Fool’s Paradise riffs on the classic by blending Purity vodka with grapes, basil, lime and ginger beer.

Montenegro Mule photo cred Dillon Burke Front of House
The Montenegro Mule at La Centrale is given an Italian twist with Amare Montenegro. Photograph by Dillon Burke / Front of House.

2. Aperol Spritz

Although this mid-century thirst-quencher hails from Italy, Parisian bistro Le Zoo at Bal Harbour Shops stirs up one of the best spritzes we’ve found. Feeling adventurous? Amara at Paraiso’s Tulum Spritz adds a kick with chili-infused tequila, Aperol, hibiscus agua fresca and Fever-Tree club soda.

3. Sparkling Rosé

Wine collector and Wynwood Oven owner Stefano Campanini suggests stocking your summer fridge with De Stefani Millesimato, a zero-dosage, bone-dry sparkling rosé from Italy’s Veneto region. Or head to Cecconi’s at Soho Beach House for a Rosé Spritz, made with strawberry-infused Aperol and Mancino Bianco vermouth.

Rose Spritz – Cecconi’s
The rose spritz at Cecconi’s in Miami Beach is made with strawberry-infused Aperol.

4. Gin & Tonic

Introduced centuries ago as a hopeful cure for malaria, the good-ol’ G&T may not have any actual healing powers, but on a hot afternoon it feels like exactly what the doctor ordered. Bazaar Mar has an exemplary version, with juniper berries, lemon verbena, Hendrick’s Gin, and Fever-Tree tonic. And Rusty Pelican offers five impressive variations of the original.

Bazaar Mar at SLS Brickell – Ultimate Gin & Tonic2
The Ultimate Gin-Tonic at Bazaar Mar at SLS Brickell in Miami.

5. Vodka Collins

There are endless ways to dress up a Vodka Collins. At Le Sirenuse, the elegant Fiori presents jasmine tea-infused vodka with lemon juice, Italicus Bergamot Liqueur, basil and kiwi shrub, and Elderflower Tassoni Soda. And the Garden Collins at Casa Tua Cucina pairs Bison Grass Vodka with berries, thyme, lemon and elderflower soda.

Garden Collins – Casa Tua Cucina
The Garden Collins at Casa Tua Cucina at Brickell City Centre.

6. Paloma

When it comes to Mexican cocktails, the Margarita may be queen, but the Paloma is our princess. MO Bar + Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Miami keeps it classic: super-premium tequila with a kiss of fresh lime juice, topped with grapefruit soda. The Bump at No. 3 Social breaks with tradition, achieving a smoky-sweet balance with mezcal, Pamplemousse liqueur and grapefruit bitters.

The Bump – No. 3 Social
The Bump at No. 3 Social in Wynwood.

Aperol or Campari?

They’re both Italian aperitifs. They look alike. They’re bittersweet. So which one goes in your Negroni and which one in your Spritz? We asked Ricardo Rodriguez, a cocktail expert and the Miami ambassador for Angel’s Envy, to set us straight:

“Aperol is sweeter, more citrusy, and lower in alcohol. Campari is more bitter and has twice the amount of alcohol by volume.”

Try it at home


2 parts Martini & Rossi Prosecco

1 1/2 parts St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

2 parts sparkling water

  1. Fill a Collins glass with ice. Add prosecco, then St-Germain, then water.
  2. Stir, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve.

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