330 Lincoln Road
South Beach
Miami, FL 33139

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Joy Johnson: What drew you into the restaurant business, in particular mixology?
Chad Weller: I started out as a bar back at the Forge Restaurant. After one week, I was thrown behind the bar to make drinks. Since then it was my dream to own a restaurant/bar. I’ve been in the industry for about 5 ½ years.

JJ: Were you trained in bartending or mixology?
CW: Not really, just hands on training in the restaurant.

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RUMI | Miami, FL

1 part hair gel, 2 parts hipster, Rising Star Bar Chef Chad Weller has been shaking things up on Miami Beach for over 5 years - first at the Forge, then at the Delano Hotel, and most recently at Rumi. Weller’s drinks are characterized by a delicate balance of flavors, which he achieves through a process of trial and error. The current trends in flavored vodkas and other liqueurs influence his cocktail creations. And the bar business is no passing fancy for Weller, who dreams of owning his own bars and restaurants someday.

Blueberry Raspberry Mojito

Bar Chef Chad Weller of Rumi - Miami, FL
Adapted by StarChefs

Yield: 1 Serving


  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ fresh lime, juiced
  • 2 ounces Bacardi razz
  • ¼ ounce Chambord liquor
  • ¼ ounce Blue Curacao
  • Splash of club soda
  • Fresh lime slice
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Fresh raspberries
In a tall thin glass, crush mint with a fork to coat the inside. Add the sugar and limejuice and stir thoroughly. Top with ice. Add Bacardi, Chambord, Blue Curacao and mix. Top off with chilled club soda. Garnish with lime slice and berries, and serve.

Interview Cont'd

JJ: What are some current trends you’ve seen in the cocktail market?
CW: Flavored vodkas and rums are very popular.

JJ: What goes into creating a new cocktail?
CW: You need to balance the flavors with trial and error testing.

JJ: What inspires you when creating a new drink?
CW: New brands and flavors of liquor encourage me to create new drinks. My creativity, different moods and guests’ requests (based on their tastes) also influence my drinks.

JJ: What are popular drinks you serve at the bar?
CW: Raspberry Kamikaze and Raspberry Cosmopolitan. Also, being on the beach, people order tropical drinks like mojitos, margaritas, and rumrunners.

JJ: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
CW: Owning a couple bars and restaurants. I’m passionate about nightlife and socializing. I like to check out other places in town to keep up on the trends.

   Published: October 2004