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If you’ve been to Miami, know someone who’s been to Miami, or know someone who knows someone who has been to Miami, then you must be familiar with the Coconut Cartel. In the Cartel’s first stages, you probably knew founders Danielle and Mike Zig (the bad-ass brother-sister duo) for the juicy Salvadoran coconuts they smuggled through the Port of Miami. The branded coconuts, often spiked with rum, became the most coveted accessory on everyone’s Instagram feed, and made their way into the hands of every thirsty celebrity passing through town to soak up some sun.
As the Zigs do, a search for the Cartel’s second iteration led them on a let’s-go-travel-the-world-in-search-of-inspiration hiatus. And in turn, brought them back to the mountains of Guatemala, where they spent their childhood years and where the Cartel 2.0 was born. Today the two are fully-focused on a new beverage: rum. More specifically, a unique blend of premium Guatemalan rum infused with fresh coconut water. As an avid drinker and someone who currently has three bottles of said rum at home, rest assured that these two prove that sometimes the sequel is actually better than the first debut.
The infamous duo has seen it all in Miami and lucky for you, reader, we’ve secured coveted insight into what the city looks like from the inner workings of the Cartel.
THE BEST DESIGN IN A HOTEL LOBBY?
The lobby at The Miami Beach Edition is another example of Ian Schrager’s genius. The marble, gold, and greenery in there definitely helped inspire our brand image.
WHAT’S THE PRETTIEST PLATE IN THE CITY?
It’s funny you ask, last night at Kaido in the Design District I had the most insane dessert. It was a beautiful chocolate mousse filled with sesame oil creme, topped with a colorful geometric dome resembling the iconic ceiling in the restaurant. Chef Brad Kilgore never disappoints.
DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE COCKTAIL IN TOWN:
There is a legit tie for this one, both at Lost Boy. The Cartel Colada is Lost Boys ‘deconstructed piña colada’ sans Coco Lopez, it’s not too sweet and super smooth. My other favorite drink is the ‘Fallen Pony High Ball’ made with Empirical Spirits, who happen to be our friends from Copenhagen; it is by far the smoothest, easiest cocktail to drink out there, it’s hard to believe there is alcohol in it!
THE MOST NUTS THING YOU’VE SEEN DURING A NIGHT OUT IN MIAMI?
Way back in the day, I saw some buddies go into a full-on champagne war with Luis Miguel and Sammy Sosa…lol.
YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO WATCH THE SUNSET (RUM IN HAND, OF COURSE)?
Hands down The Standard Spa, Miami Beach has the best sunset in town, not much has changed there since it opened and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
IF YOU COULD ONLY GO TO ONE BAR IN MIAMI FOR LIFE, WHICH WOULD IT BE?
WHICH BAR HAS THE BEST LOOKING BARTENDERS?
WHERE IN MIAMI YOU’RE MOST LIKELY TO SEE AN ACTUAL CARTEL MEMBER?
Not not basically everywhere.
THE BEST LOOKING BATHROOM IN THE CITY?
Swan’s bathroom game is next level.
WHAT DOES MIAMI LOOK LIKE FOR YOU AT 2AM ON A SATURDAY NIGHT?
YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO ACTUALLY WALK AROUND IN MIAMI, AND THREE PLACES YOU’D STOP AT WHILE THERE:
South of Fifth ‘SoFi’ is really incredible. Its an oasis from all the craziness that is South Beach. First stop is always Pura Vida Cafe for a smoothie. Followed by South Pointe Park which I think gives any park in the world a run for its money. Joe’s Take Away is almost tradition on Sundays, do not sleep on the fried chicken.
YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL ARTIST?
Haiiileen is the trippiest chick I know. She bends light and sees sound.
THE MOST SERENE SLICE OF NATURE IN MIAMI?
Fairchild Tropical Gardens, they have world’s largest palm tree collection and a big butterfly house.
IF ANY, A SECRET SPOT ON THE BEACH TO AVOID TOURISTS?
On a boat adjacent to the beach.
THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE YOU SEE ON A TYPICAL DAY AT THE BEACH:
The bon vivants that live at Soho House, paparazzi hiding in huts, and Canadian Snowbirds.
SHARE YOUR FAVORITE PICTURE YOU’VE EVER TAKEN OF MIAMI:
Winters in Miami!