Early in Gullo’s career, Toby Cecchini challenged her to create a good drink with three ingredients or less. “I had recently become fascinated with Tiki and all things Beachbum Berry and was reading about Don’s Mix,” Gullo says of the inspiration behind her Daiquiri riff. In addition to the expected rum and lime, Gullo adds her house-made grapefruit oleo saccharum, which is spiked with cinnamon and star anise.
“Toby thinks I cheated by putting more ingredients in the syrup,” Gullo recalls. Nonetheless, the drink was a hit with St. John Frizell and landed a spot on the Fort Defiance menu during her tenure there.