Ask the Expert: Miami Mixologist Iain Harrison

Head barman at MO Bar + Lounge at Mandarin Oriental Miami shakes things up.

How did you get into mixology?

I have been working in pubs in England since I was 15...but I really started getting involved in designing cocktail programs once I started to work in the hotel industry.

Are there any signature cocktails that just scream “MIAMI?”

I would say our most “Miami” cocktail is our Social Punch. Why? Because we create a fruit spiced cordial made with Guava. This tropical fruit for me is a Miami staple and something you will see being used a lot across the city, especially in Cuban restaurants.

What should people drink to cool down during the hot summer months here?

You can’t go wrong with a classic Pimm’s Cup on a hot summer's day.

What are some of your favorite places to drink in South Florida?

My favorite cocktail bar in the city is Regent Cocktail Club in Miami Beach, but when I just want to chill and relax my old local was the outside bar at Tuna’s in North Miami.

Do you have a go-to cocktail when you travel? Or any favorites?

I have a simple test to see if a bar is a good one or not when I travel...if I ask for a “White Lady,” and they know what I am talking about, (and make it well), then I know I am in a place that has educated bartenders.

What one destination on your travel bucket list?

I think if I could go anywhere right now it would be Bali – just to unwind and disconnect. 

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