The music provided by Gabby Mejia was hot.  The drinks prepared by expert mixologists were cool.

The atmosphere was sizzling and the whole evening was a blast.  Recently Ron Barceló and Miami-based artist Ruben Ubiera   celebrated a joining of art, spirit and their mutual proud Dominican heritage with the launch of the new Ubiera-designed Limited Edition Barceló Añejo Rum bottle at Wynwood Diner.

Ubiera toasted his guests while signing select, unique, golden bottles of Barceló Rum. He said, “The artwork created for this specific bottle is a marriage of the old and the new in a Post-graffism style that defines new directions for the future and defies all who stand in front of it.  Bold, fierce, in your face and very proud, just like my people. I moved to the U.S. to make a career out of art and my project with Ron Barceló makes a full circle.”

The interpretation which I think best personifies this spirit is one of smooth yet richly textured rum that has a woody aroma of butterscotch and toffee.  There are slight spicy hints of vanilla bean and caramel.

Imported in the U.S. by Shaw-Ross International Importers, this limited bottle (750 ml.), is available at retail stores in the east coast markets of Florida, New Jersey and New York.  Quantities of the bottle are very limited; only 1,000 cases (less than 2% of the brand’s total U.S. sales), will be available for the U.S.

Guests were treated to signature cocktails and delectable hors d’oeuvres.  Chef Rod Edouard assisted by Chef Joël Vasquez and a highly professional wait staff were on hand to make sure that all of the guests enjoyed their great burgers  (and I do mean great), with bites of fried green tomatoes and El Cubano sandwiches.  Wynwood Diner, 2750 NW 2nd Ave.