Though you wouldn’t know it if you stepped outside, it’s officially fall in Miami. In shop windows, mannequins that recently modeled swimsuit cover-ups and gauzy linen shifts now sport turtlenecks and sweaters you’ll likely never need in this city. Coffee shops have swapped blonde roasts for pumpkin-spice blends. And while Miami may have to wait until November for the temperature to so much as dip below 85 degrees, plenty of local restaurants and bars have launched season-inspired dishes and drinks that will put you in the fall spirit even if the weather still shouts summer.
Cobb’s Robler at Beaker & Gray
Made with The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, walnut, cinnamon, cream sherry and bitters, this cocktail by the team at Beaker & Gray will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, no snuggie necessary.
2637 N Miami Ave., Miami, FL; www.beakerandgray.com
November Kiss at 26 Sushi & Tapas
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This local-favorite haunt in Surfside just debuted a seasonal sip made from whisky, rum, muddled oranges, mint and spiced agave nectar. Grab one during their late night happy hour, offered Monday-Thursday and Sunday from 9-11 p.m.
9487 Harding Ave., Surfside, FL; www.26sushitapas.com
Empire old fashioned at Gianni’s at the former Versace Mansion
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Gianni’s at The Villa Casa Casuarina serves up an incredible Old Fashioned that would make Don Draper go for thirds. Starring Redemption bourbon, simple syrup and hellfire bitters, it’s a perfect companion on chilly fall nights. You might have to imagine that chill, though.
1116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL; www.vmmiamibeach.com
Rare cask old fashioned at Jaya at The Setai
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Want to take that fall favorite to the next level? Jaya’s spotlights Macallan Rare Cask with a one-of-a-kind spice-blend infused maple syrup.
2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL; 855-923-7899
Kiki’s Magic 8 Ball at Kiki’s on the River
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Kiki on the River’s in-house mixologist, Peter Stepanek, has added a new creation to the menu that feels cozy as snuggling up around a crackling fire. Kiki’s Magic 8 Ball spotlights Bacardi 8-year aged rum, Caffe Moka and a dash of chocolate bitters, all topped off with an orange twist for a tart, citrusy finish.
450 NW North River Dr., Miami, FL; www.kikiontheriver.com
El Muerto at Lure Fishbar
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If you love mezcal, this is the fall cocktail for you. Made with mezcal, blackberries, lime, ginger beer and Angostura bitters, it’s equal parts smoky and tart, with just a hint of sweet. Lure Fishbar serves it, fittingly, in a spooky skull glass.
1600 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL; www.lurefishbar.com
Calabaza Smash at Toro Toro
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Starbucks pumpkin spice might not be the first ingredient that comes to mind when dreaming up fall cocktail recipes, but in this new seasonal sip by Toro Toro, it pairs excellently with Tito’s vodka, ginger, lime, cream and graham cracker — yes, you read that correctly.
100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL; www.torotoromiami.com
The Gentleman at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse
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Nothing says fall like a good Boulevardier, and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse makes one of the best versions we’ve tried in Miami. Made with Gentleman Jack bourbon, Amaro Averna and Calvados, the Gentleman is the perfect drink to cozy up to on breezy autumn nights in the Magic City.
315 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL; www.wolfgangssteakhouse.net/miami
24 Karrots at Hakkasan
As the name suggests, smoky-spicy sip gets its color from carrot juice, but it’s the Zunte mezcal, cinnamon-syrup and lime juice pairing that really make it taste like fall.
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL; www.fontainebleau.com/dining
Pumpkin Pisco Sour at Pisco y Nazca
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Every year, the executive chefs at Pisco y Nazca head to Peru to dream up new dishes and cocktails, and this season’s new additions are so worth trying — especially the Pumpkin Pisco Sour, a spin on the classic that adds in pumpkin puree and cinnamon.
Locations in Kendall and Doral; www.piscoynazca.com
Cat’s Pajamas at Boulud Sud
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For those October days that feel more like mid-July, Daniel Boulud’s French-Mediterranean restaurant is slinging a super-refreshing seasonal cocktail called the Cat’s Pajamas — a blend of Fords gin, raw honey, lemon juice and a splash of agave.
255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; www.bouludsud.com/miami
La Crème de Noir at StripSteak
This sinfully sweet cocktail is a great way to cap off dinner. It’s made with Revolucion Cristalina, Godiva White Chocolate, Crème de Cacao, Madagascar Vanilla syrup, and chocolate bitters made with Fontainebleau’s signature chocolate, Sapphire Noir.
The whole cocktail menu at Kaido
At Brad Kilgore’s latest concept, acclaimed mixologist Nico de Soto has just flipped the script on cocktails for fall. All three seasonal sips deliver rich and unique autumnal flavors, like espresso and Guinness black treacle syrup in the Kinako martini, corn reduction, mezcal-infused togarashi and dark sesame oil in the Cornishiwa, and roasted cocoa maple syrup and black walnut bitters in the shiitake old fashioned.
151 NE 41st St. Unit 217, Miami, FL; www.kaidomiami.com
Everything at BLT Prime
You’ll have plenty of fall-inspired cocktails to choose from at BLT Prime, like a blackberry marmalade- and rum-infused sip called the Blackberry Caliber, a creamy concoction of Stoli vanilla vodka, amaretto and Galliano Ristretto called the Cortadito Boss, and an autumnal riff on the Old Fashioned that spotlights Monkey Shoulder whisky spiced with apple cinnamon syrup and orange bitters.
4400 NW 87th Ave., Miami, FL; 305-591-6606
Pumpkin pie at Fireman Derek’s
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Epic cakes. Cookies as big as your face. Savory fixings that always hit the spot. There’s so much to love about Fireman Derek’s, but this month the teams in Coconut Grove and Wynwood are giving you another sweet reason to visit: pumpkin pie. Available only for the month of October, it’s a creamy pumpkin spice dream cradled in Fireman Derek’s signature flaky crust and topped with fresh whipped cream. And of course, the shop’s legendary Chocolate Pecan Pie is also a no-brainer.
2818 N Miami Ave., Miami, FL and 3435 Main Hwy., Miami, FL; www.firemandereks.com
Pumpkin gnocchi at Beaker & Gray
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Made with pork rib, manchego and red shisho, this is fall comfort food at its finest. Not a meat eater? No worries — you can order both vegetarian and vegan versions of this seasonal signature dish. We promise, they both taste just as delicious as the original.
Award-winning linguini at Amare Ristorante
Served with clams, zucchini, garlic and evoo, Amare’s award-winning linguini is a Michelin-approved must-try. And on a cool fall day, it definitely hits the spot. There’s even a gluten free option, so everyone can join in on the carb-loading.
1 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL; 786-598-8622
Macallan Smoked Duck at Jaya at the Setai
A half duck smoked and infused with the flavors of The Macallan, this seasonal update to Jaya’s signature entree is the perfect accompaniment to the restaurant’s rare cask old fashioned.
Parpadelle alla lepre at Boia De
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Located in Miami’s up-and-coming Buena Vista neighborhood, Boia De is known for its pappardelle alla lepre. A hearty dish of rabbit sugo, rosemary and tomato, it’s not new on the menu, but it will definitely make you think of sweater weather and turning leaves. Pair it with a full-bodied red wine and get cozy.
5205 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL; www.boiaderestaurant.com
Baked Japanese sweet potato at ETARU
You don’t have to venture too far from Miami to visit ETARU — the restaurant has locations in both Hallandale and Las Olas — but once you bite into this standout side, you’ll feel halfway around the world. Robata-grilled to perfection and swerved with yuzu soft cheese, it’s an East-inspired update on one of America’s favorite harvest-time dishes.
111 S Surf Road, Hallandale Beach, FL and 500 E Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL; www.etarurestaurant.us
Cream of Butternut Squash Soup At Bulla Gastrobar
Made with Spanish paprika, cracked pepper and cheese crostini, Bulla’s butternut soup is the ultimate fall comfort food. Follow it with the gastrobar’s seasonal pumpkin creme brulee as you sip their special autumn sangria, infused with sidra pears, red apples and apple cinnamon syrup.
Locations in Coral Gables and Doral; www.bullagastrobar.com
Truffle beef carpaccio at Casa Tua
Autumn is also peak truffle season, and Casa Tua has whipped up the perfect dish to spotlight this earthy delicacy. The ultimate savory appetizer, their truffle beef carpaccio layers sheets of fresh parmesan cheese and truffle over thinly-sliced meat.
70 SW 7th St., Miami, FL; 305-755-0320
Cover photo: Pisco y Nazca
Amanda Mesa has covered Miami’s restaurant and bar scene for more than five years. She loves to write about her four biggest passions: cocktails, food, music and travel. When she isn’t penning pieces for publications like Culture Crusaders, Indulge Magazine and Miami.com, she’s usually planning her next trip. Ask her where to find a great meal or cocktail anywhere in the world, and she’ll point you in the right direction.