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Best reason to follow a bartender: 6 A.M. On 7th

6 A.M. On 7th

When the mayor announced a competition to name Tampa’s signature cocktail, any drink could have emerged victorious (Salt Life Margarita with Back the Blue curacao, anyone?). But no, judges decided on “6 a.m. on 7th Ave.,” an homage to Tampa’s immigrant roots concocted by Kamran Mir. The cafe con leche-inspired libation uses Cuban rum, Italian liqueur and Grand Marnier as a nod to other European immigrants. It’s served in a styrofoam cup, sometimes with a guava pastry on the side, and, well, I’ll immigrate over to any bar where Mir will make me one. @darthkamran on Instagram