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Ryan Fitzgerald developed this drink using two ingredients that have a special affinity for tequila: the tropical richness of pineapple gum syrup and the bitter bite of an Italian amaro. Small Hand Foods makes an excellent pineapple gum syrup, available at specialty retailers or online at caskstore.com.
2 oz. blanco tequila
1/2 oz. Cynar
1/2 oz. pineapple gum syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 pinch salt (non-iodized sea salt recommended)
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Garnish: lemon twist
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass. Coil the lemon twist over the drink to release the citrus oils and then use as a garnish.
Ryan Fitzgerald, Beretta, San Francisco