Wednesday, April 3, 2019

firenze fix

3/4 oz Gin (Tanqueray)
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth (Martini Gran Lusso)
3/4 oz Campari
3/4 oz Pineapple Syrup
1/2 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a double old fashioned glass, fill with crushed ice, and decorate with berries in season (2 pineapple leaves).
After making the pineapple syrup that I utilized in the Handsome Bob the night before, I thought about one of the more common classic uses -- the sweetener in Fixes. Fixes are similar to Daisies save for the sweetener which was originally curaçao and later grenadine or raspberry in the Daisy, and Fixes with their pineapple syrup were generally ornately garnished on top of the shaved ice. One of the most successful Fixes that I created was in collaboration with Katie Emmerson for our Women of the Wild West industry night 6 years ago. Katie had created a pineapple syrup but was running out of time in crafting a recipe; I suggested a choose-your-own amaro Fix, and we named it after the promiscuous Kitty Leroy. Here, I used that skeleton and subbed in a small Negroni in the place of the amaro. For a name, I dubbed it the Firenze Fix after the city where the Negroni Cocktail allegedly was crafted for Count Camillo in 1919. Once built, the Firenze Fix donated a bitter orange and pineapple bouquet to the nose. Next, lemon and grape notes on the sip led into gin and bitter orange on the swallow with a pleasing pineapple finish.

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