Dear Mama Sparkling Wine Cocktail featured at Edukos Miami Restaurant

I’m on a continued mission to bring women together through real conversations and wine, while making wine an enjoyable experience. I love wine for its ability to bring people together for great conversations and stories. This is exactly what happened when I stepped foot inside of Edukos Miami restaurant in Little Havana.

Wine With Nat's Mom

Wine With Nat's Mom

It’s been 18 years since I lost my mom at the hands of my father. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her (or need her). I still remember her contagious smile and personality. She would light up a room every time she walked into it. She loved music, dancing and wine. Maybe it was for all the reasons I love the same things –unwinding, great conversations and stories.

Which is why I fell in love with Edukos on my first visit. Aside from learning about their story, I had the pleasure of meeting the amazing owner, John Guilarte, while enjoying great conversations, wine cocktails, music and Venezuelan American-inspired dishes. But it didn’t stop there. John took the time to get to know my story and my brands, Wine With Nat™ and Women Who Wine™. And following this visit, the Dear Mama wine cocktail was born. The cocktail is inspired by my mom’s love of wine, kiwi and mango. This foodie has visited and covered many Miami restaurants, but Edukos will always hold a special place in my heart for creating a wine-inspired cocktail in memory of my mom.

Save The Date: October 25th Women Who Wine™ Event

The Dear Mama wine cocktail will be unveiled at Women Who Wine™ event on Wednesday, October 25th. A Venezuelan American-inspired food and wine event, guests will join Chef Manuel Cabeza Buscarini for a Spring Roll class, while enjoying bites and wine-inspired cocktails throughout the night (more details to follow). For now, I hope you enjoy this very special wine cocktail.

Dear Mama Sparkling Wine Cocktail Recipe


  1. Brut Sparkling Wine
  2. Fresh Basil
  3. Mango Juice
  4. Fresh Kiwi
  5. Fresh Lemon
  6. Simple Syrup (recipe below) 
  7. Black Pepper
  8. Mixing Jar or Cocktail Shaker
  9. Cocktail Strainer
  10. Cup of Ice

Simple Syrup Recipe:

  1. 1 cup of water
  2. 1 cup of sugar
  3. Add sugar and water into a small pot, boil slowly and stir until sugar dissipates. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Add slices of lemon
  5. Add slices of kiwi
  6. Let infused for 3-4 hours (overnight ideally. The longer the time, the better the infusion of flavor)

Prep Directions:

  1. Infuse mango juice with fresh basil. Seal into a jar or cover with lid. Infusing time 4-6 hours (preferably overnight)
  2. Infuse simple syrup with slices of fresh lemon and kiwi. Seal into a jar or cover with lid. Infusing time 4-6 hours (preferably overnight)

Cocktail Directions:

Dear Mama Sparkling Wine Cocktail

Dear Mama Sparkling Wine Cocktail

  1. Add 1 cup of ice in the mixing jar or cocktail shaker
  2. Add 3 oz of basil-infused mango juice
  3. Add 1/2 oz of lemon and kiwi-infused simple syrup
  4. Add a dash of pepper
  5. Shake or Mix Gently with spoon
  6. Using the cocktail strainer, pour cocktail into your glass of choice
  7. Add 5-6oz of Brut Sparkling wine
  8. Add kiwi slice or basil leaf garnish

Edukos Story

Founded by John Guilarte, Edukos began as an idea. John was a Miami home brewer who wanted to give people a space to experience craft beer and new foods. In a highly competitive Miami restaurant market, John took the leap of faith and opened a restaurant where foodies, beer, wine and cocktail lovers could discover new things and people in Little Havana (a neighborhood staple in Miami). John believes that when people feel welcomed at a restaurant, they will be more open to trying new things. John created the Edukos brand to stand for a welcoming space to eat, drink, and explore new things. From its name to its menu, Edukos’ mission is to create a memorable drinking and dining experience.

Venezuelan Arepas with Pulled Chicken Salad

Venezuelan Arepas with Pulled Chicken Salad

Edukos is the true definition of family and achieving the ‘American Dream’. John is a child of Venezuelan Immigrants who began their U.S. journey almost 40 years ago. A twin with 5 siblings (4 boys and 2 girls), they are a very close-knit family. The fusion of the Edukos concept was inspired from their Venezuelan family culture (food, drinks and music). With one goal in mind, John wants to create a legacy for his family. Inspired by his mother’s recipes and love of food with his father’s analytical and hyper detailed mind, Edukos strives to provide a Venezuelan American dining adventure in a family environment.

About Edukos Chef Manuel Cabeza

Chef Manuel Cabeza has been with Edukos since opening. Originally from Venezuela, Chef moved to the U.S. two years ago and is making his way to becoming one of Miami's youngest and best chefs. Chef has worked in Venezuela, Spain, the Caribbean, and now Miami. At twenty-five years old, he holds the position of Chef de Cuisine for Edukos and is slowly helping Edukos change the face of Venezuelan food and culture across South Florida.

This foodie approves Edukos. Hope you will experience everything that made me fall in love with them. For address and times of operation, click here.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this post and Dear Mama wine cocktail in the comments section.

Cheers, Nat