If you are ever in Tampa Bay, I highly recommend you stop by Anise Global Gastrobar in downtown Tampa. Featuring an eclectic menu and a stunning cocktail list, Anise is one of my favorite spots to relax and grab a drink. While I do not get to visit as often as I would like (I would be there every day if I could), it is always one of the places I recommend to friends looking for dining recommendations. Anise won my heart with their seductive cocktail list which offers some of my favorite adult beverages in Tampa. A highlight on their menu is their Kurrant Bramble which is a twist on Dick Bradsell’s cocktail that was first featured at Fred’s in London in the early 1980’s. This sexy libation features one of my favorites, Damrak Gin, with fresh blackberries served over crushed ice and laced with Crème de Mure & Cassis. Love at first sip, this drink had me at Damrak and I could bramble on and on about enamored I am with this cocktail. Damrak is one of my favorite brands of gin, as its flavor has more citrus notes and mixes beautifully with citrus based cocktails. I often enjoy Damrak with tonic and an orange wedge and in cucumber gimlets. If you are a gin lover, you must have a bottle of Damrak.
The first time I had the Kurrant Bramble, it was prepared by the amazing Justin Gray of Anise who just so happens to be my favorite bartender in Tampa Bay. Justin has a way with cocktails that is almost poetic. Watching him prepare a drink is like watching an artist with his canvas. The amount of passion that goes into each cocktail he creates is evident in the taste and will leave you wanting more. I have brought a few friends in to see him and enjoy cocktails and they can’t stop raving about him.
Be sure to stop by Anise and visit Justin if you are in the area. You can thank me later. Cheers!