Gin + Collins is a new cocktail bar at the AC Hotel Miami Beach (2912 Collins Avenue) inspired by the flavors of Spain, the country where the AC Hotel group was founded. Head Bartender Nikos Mantzaridis oversees a talented team of bartenders crafting cocktails in a stylish lounge in the heart of South Beach.
The cocktail list spotlights variations on the gin and tonic, the signature drink of Spain. The “gin tonic,” as it’s called there, is a national pastime with bars devoted to the classic tipple found in every major city. Gin + Collins honors this tradition with a menu introducing guests to six different combinations of gin, tonic and garnishes for unique spins on the drink. The ACGT is Gin + Collins’ trademark drink and the debut of AC Tonic, an exclusive tonic that was created for the AC Hotels brand. The ACGT pairs AC Tonic with Bombay Sapphire East, for a robust drink with notes of bergamot, elderflower and fresh citrus. Named for the fishing village in Catalonia where GinMare is made, the Vilanova marries this herbaceous Spanish gin with layers of orange—orange marmalade, bitters and peel. The Brit unites Sipsmith’s juniper-forward traditional copper-pot-distilled London Dry Gin with the floral Fever-Tree Elderflower tonic, while Gin Tonic pairs with Hendrick’s Gin and Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic made with flowers, fruits and herbs gathered along the sea.
Other craft cocktails include Raise the Sails, which evokes our seafaring past with rum, cynar and ginger liqueur; the Smoked Last Word, which highlights smoky mezcal alongside green chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and lime; and the Blinded Buck, a take on the buck cocktail – traditionally any drink with a spirit and ginger beer—here with bourbon, strawberry, lemon and ginger beer. Available on draft, the Southern Station puts a South American spin on the Vodka Sunrise, with vodka bolstered by pisco, suze, Liber & Co. Real Grenadine, lime and bitters. Four rotating local M.I.A. Beer Company beers will be available on draft, as well as four wines on tap – sparkling, white and two reds.
Stepping off Collins Avenue, guests find themselves in a sophisticated, buzzing hideaway for cocktails and small plates. Leather banquettes and lounge seating encourage lingering over a drink, while the 11 seat bar offers interaction with the bartenders and a prime view of the deft execution of Gin + Collins’ signature cocktails.
A menu of Mexican and Caribbean favorites will include Tacos with carnitas roasted pork, ropa vieja shredded brisket or fried avocado; Spicy Chicken Tinga Sopes; Tostones, twice fried plantains with garlic cream sauce, and Mini-Cubanos with ham, roast pork, swiss cheese and Creole mustard.
Gin + Collins will be open Sunday – Thursday from 5pm – 11pm and Saturday – Sunday from 5pm – 12am.
The AC Miami Beach opened its doors in 2015. Founded by Antonio Catalan, the AC Hotel brand brings a European flair to its properties with a focus on a new kind of traveler – a creative, entrepreneurial and modern traveler.