The city skyline is shining brighter with the arrival of the Tampa EDITION, the first five-star hotel to open in the Florida city. The 172-room hotel soars at twenty-six stories, which includes private residences on the upper levels. Guests, residents, and locals alike are already enjoying Azure, an al fresco restaurant on the rooftop featuring Greek cuisine; an expansive spa; and Market at EDITION, a ground floor casual gathering space with a coffee bar serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
But the Tampa EDITION’s signature dining space is Lilac, an intimate Mediterranean restaurant envisioned by Michelin-starred Chef John Fraser. Lilac’s vegetable-forward menu highlights seasonal and local ingredients, bringing the best of Florida to the table. Complementing the menu is a cocktail and wine program overseen by Amy Racine, beverage director with JF Restaurants who was recently nominated for Sommelier/Beverage Director of the Year by Wine Enthusiast. Of note is her champagne cocktail cart, specially created for Lilac, from which bartenders prepare elegant cocktails tableside.
For a quiet nook, find a seat in the Punch Room, the hotel brand’s first in North America, decked out in sumptuous shades of emerald and sapphire. The Punch Room menu features cocktails and punches to share, inspired by the flavors of the West Indies, such as aged spirits, spices, teas, and tropical fruits. Ziggy’s Punch, one of the drinks on the menu, highlights the flavors of Jamaica.
“Originally, we took inspiration for Ziggy’s Punch from our love of Jamaican food and laidback times,” says Gates Otsuji, director of bars for EDITION. “We wanted to evoke the feeling of a sun-soaked day at the beach, with jerk chicken on the fire and cold beers in hand.”
Recreating Ziggy’s Punch at home is as easy as 1-2-3; just remember you will need time to make the smoked jerk syrup. This recipe is for one cocktail, but it’s easy enough to make into a punch: simply multiply by the number of servings you’d like, and you’ll be feeling like you’re on a beach in Jamaica in no time.