A drink with some history: The Ruby Holiday at world-famous Ball & Chain bar and jazz lounge in Miami’s Cuban neighborhood, Little Havana was created in honor of Billie Holiday who performed live at the venue.
A Miami favorite, the historical Little Havana landmark originally opened its doors in September 1935 as a thriving live jazz music hotspot which lasted through the 1950s. The retro Cuban speakeasy on Calle Ocho reopened in September 2014 with authentic Cuban flare meticulously redecorated in iconic 1950s Miami style.
Made with grapefruit vodka, cranberry, bitters and lime, the Ruby Holiday is boozy but easy to drink.
“The inspiration for the Ruby Holiday is deep-rooted in Ball & Chain history as it honors the late jazz legend Billie Holiday who was once a regular performer at the venue,” says Ball & Chain manager, Felipe Yanes. “Nicknamed “Lady Day,” we wanted a drink that was dainty that packed a punch just like her voice.”
Ruby Holiday cocktail ingredients and preparation:
- 1.5 oz Deep Eddy grapefruit vodka
- .5 oz. lime juice
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- 1 dash bitters
- .5 oz. cranberry juice
- 3 mint leaves
Add all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain over a highball with crushed ice. Add a splash of soda and garnish with mint spring cherry.
Ball & Chain Bar details
1513 SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho), Miami (in Little Havana),
ballandchainmiami. com, @BallandChainMiami
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