Broward and Palm Beach

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Tap 42 (1411 S. An­drews Ave., Fort Laud­erdale; 954-463-4900 or Tap42.com): Boast­ing 50 bou­tique bour­bons ($9-$22 per shot), the ex­pan­sive liquor list at the bar bet­ter known for its craft beer of­fers fa­mil­iar fla­vors (the bold Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, the be­witch­ing small-batch An­gel’s Envy) and com­plex, oaky ones (Four Roses, Spring 44 Straight). We’re fond of Tap 42’s Knob Creek Sin­gle, the pub’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ken­tucky-based whiskey­maker, a128.7-proof oaky, smooth bourbon with an easy fin­ish. Sweet­wa­ter Bar and Grill (1507 S. Fed­eral High­way, Boyn­ton Beach; 561-509-9277 or Sweet­wa­ter33.com): If smoky, bourbon-in­fused cock­tails sing on your palate, Sweet­wa­ter’s sta­ple and sea­sonal menu has a hand­ful of sip-wor­thy op­tions. Hick­ory-smoked An­gel’s Envy bourbon can be found in drinks such as Cumin Cider, blended with un­fil­tered ap­ple, and toasted cumin, co­rian­der and Thai chili shrub; and Eye of the Tiger, with or­ganic blood or­ange, amon­til­lado sherry and ginger. But our eye is re­ally on the meaty-sound­ing Blind Swine, in­fused with smoked ba­con bourbon, rye whiskey, bit­ters and bar­rel-aged maple syrup.

Mi­ami-Dade

Yard­bird South­ern Ta­ble and Bar (1600 Lenox Ave., Mi­ami Beach; 305-538-5220 or RunChick­en­Run.com): Listed in the Bourbon Re­view as one of the 55 best bourbon bars in Amer­ica, Yard­bird’s the place to go for bourbon flights, an ideal pre­cur­sor to Yard­bird’s fried chicken and waf­fles, which are smoth­ered in bourbon-maple syrup. Their sig­na­ture cock­tail: the Black­berry Bourbon Lemon­ade (fresh lemon juice, black­berry, car­damom and sparkling wine). If you’re feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous, shoot for the Old Con­fed­er­ate (mint , sparkling wine, bourbon, lime) or the Amer­i­can Michelada (hot sauce, Nar­ra­gansett lager, lime, Worces­ter­shire and bourbon). The Mighty (2224 SW22nd St., Mi­ami; 305-570-4311 or TheMightyMi­ami.com): This Co­ral Way gas­tropub does sausage about as well as it han­dles bourbon. Snag a clas­sic cock­tail ($5 dur­ing the daily 5-7 p.m. happy hour) or try the mighty An­cho Derby, blended with Four Roses Yel­low La­bel, An­cho Reyes Chili liqueur, grape­fruit juice, black wal­nut bit­ters and rose­mary-in­fused maple syrup. Bourbon Steak at Turn­berry Isle Mi­ami (19999 W. Coun­try Club Drive, Aven­tura; 786-279-6600 or Bour­bonSteakMi­ami.com): Restau­ra­teur Michael Mina op­er­ates the steak­house within Aven­tura’s Turn­berry Isle re­sort, but go here for the bourbon-heavy menu. Try bourbon flights ($35, from Ken­tucky-based Michter’s Dis­tillery) or one of 25 small-batch pours from An­gel’s Envy, Hud­son, Hirsch and Four Roses. At 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, the restau­rant is of­fer­ing a Pappy Van Win­kle ($250) tast­ing paired with canapes by chef Gabe Fen­ton.

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