If you love cafecitos and rum — then you'll love Brugal 1888's new ventanita-themed pop-up.
Brugal 1888, a premium rum crafted in the Dominican Republic, has announced the launch of its new "La Ventanita" — a four-neighborhood pop-up series that celebrates South Florida’s ventanita culture (and love for rum-based cocktails). The pop-up, which will bring the flair and flavor of the Dominican Republic to Miami, will kick off on September 19 in Brickell City Center, and will make three additional stops in South Florida's top neighborhoods through early 2022. Those locations will remain a surprise until opening, a playful nod to five generations of distilling secrets kept within the Brugal family.
Produced in the Dominican Republic by the fifth generation Brugal family, Brugal 1888 Doblemente Añejado ($40/bottle) is a premium rum with depth and complexity that is also perfectly balanced and smooth, making it the ideal spirit to enjoy neat or to unlock the full flavor potential of spirit-forward cocktails. Brugal 1888 is first aged in Bourbon American oak casks for up to eight years and then aged in hand-selected Sherry casks for up to six years, a technique typically reserved for high-end, single malts. The first maturation adds a woody dryness with distinctive caramel, vanilla, coffee and toffee notes on the nose that is beautifully balanced during the second maturation, which adds a roundness and slight sweetness on the nose, with notes of red and dried fruits to taste.
A unique blend of passion for freshly brewed coffee and espresso as well as exceptional rum mastery, La Ventanita will be equal parts bustling daytime coffee shop and swinging evening rum bar. During “cafecito runs,” guests can lounge among plush seating and sofas while enjoying selections from catering partner Dos Croquetas. Offerings will include a Café Con Leche or Cafecito alongside pastelitos with flavors including traditional Guava & Cheese topped with a coconut-infused glaze and toasted coconut, or Picadillo & Plantain.
At 4 p.m. each day, La Ventanita will transition into the Brugal 1888 Rum Bar, a sensory experience unveiling the magic behind the distillery to cocktail process and how 130 years of rum mastery translate into a unique spirit. Master mixologists will shake up craft cocktails showcasing the premium rum - such as the signature Don Nano’s Favorite with Brugal 1888 and a coconut water ice sphere, as well as “La Ventanita,” a Brugal 1888 coffee infused cocktail — all while sharing stories of the legendary Brugal family.
"With La Ventanita, we hope to share our family traditions here in the Dominican Republic with everyone in the South Florida area. Some of my best days have started with a cafecito and pastelito, and have ended with an evening filled with dancing, singing and — of course — some rum cocktails with my family and loved ones," said Brugal 1888 Maestra Ronera Jassil Villanueva Quintana. "It is an honor to be able to continue my family’s legacy of crafting a beloved product like Brugal 1888, and I look forward to bringing that experience to life through La Ventanita."
The Brugal 1888 La Ventanita will be set on the 2nd floor Garden Deck of Brickell City Center, directly across from ZARA, from September 19 – 28, 2021. The Cafecito Shop will be open from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and the Brugal 1888 Rum Bar from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. daily. Guests can enjoy a variety of immersive experiences that bring the Dominican Republic to life in Miami, including rum tasting classes, domino tournaments and more.
For more information and to make reservations for La Ventanita visit brugal-rum.com/en-us/la-ventanita.