Lots of lime, easy on the sugar
Danny Argueta has long been the lead bartender at Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern in south Miami, arguably the area’s most popular nightlife spot and better known as “Bougie’s” to the locals. Bougie’s has been the lively spot it’s known as today for two decades, and is housed in a Depression-era old house with dark paneling where folks gather to dance, drink, and enjoy live music.
“The quintessential Miami drink needs to be citrusy and fresh,” Argueta told ASW, “and since we are in Miami we probably wanna go low carb.” For those reasons, Argueta’s proposal for the Miamiest drink ever is a key lime mojito, made with vodka instead of rum to cut back on sugar. He opts for Zyr, a crisp and smooth Russian vodka. Argueta’s recipe is sweetened with just a bit of agave syrup to help balance out the boozy and acidic flavours.
The key lime, for those who don’t know, is smaller, more aromatic, and sometimes sweeter than standard Persian limes. Though it gets its name from the Florida Keys, it was actually brought to North America by Spanish explorers and originates from Southeast Asia. All of this is to say that you may be able to find key limes at your local market even if you’re nowhere near the fruit’s namesake. The taste is distinct, so try to use key limes rather than another variety if possible.