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Bar Tab SPIRIT SLINGER Joel Mesa’s cocktail construction at Bulla ranges from pure and simple to layered and complex — and every drink is perfectly balanced for your sipping pleasure.   T E X T BY E S T R ELLI TA S. SIB IL A PH OTOS BY XIM ENA E TCHAR T W hen you’re looking for an airy, vibrant bar scene and a vivid cocktail, take a seat at Bulla Gastrobar and let Joel Mesa do the pouring. Mesa keeps cocktail connoisseurs coming back for his unique creations like The Bullfighter. “I love to play with deconstructing classic cocktail recipes and reconstructing them in an unrecognizable manner to produce a brand new, delicious creation.” This savvy bartender is a Bulla original, arriving with the restaurant’s launch. He attributes his bar skills to his former “bar geek” roommate and years of pouring and testing recipes. “Sometimes you get an ingredient in your head and it’s like an itch you have to scratch, you must do something special with that particular ingredient or else.” If you’ve ever wondered where business deals are closed, where politicos rub elbows and where the cool kids hang out to enjoy post-work pleasures, Bulla Gastrobar is the place you’ve been looking for — and you can rest assured that Mesa will make whatever drink you fancy with his signature smile; BullaMiami.com. The Bullfighter Highball Glass 1 oz Bulleit Bourbon 1 oz Dow’s Port 1 oz Lemon Juice 2 oz Cranberry Juice 1/2 oz Simple Syrup 1/4 oz Aperol Splash of Sprite Orange Slices to garnish 142