2020 Visions

Chris Elford, Navy Strength | Seattle

Chris Elford spent time behind the bar at New York’s Amor y Amargo, so it’s no surprise to find him embracing the use of amaro in classic tiki and tropical drink templates. Elford calls this drink, which features the versatile artichoke-based amaro Cynar, “one of the most crushable drinks we’ve ever created.”


Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 ounce Cynar
  • 3/4 ounce Navy Stength Grenadine (see Editor's Note)
  • 1 1/4 ounce pineapple juice
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice

Garnish: mint, cinnamon, nutmeg

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake with a small amount of crushed ice.
  2. Pour into a double Old-Fashioned glass and top with more crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with a fresh mint bouquet, freshly grated cinnamon and nutmeg.
Editor's Note

Navy Strength Grenadine:
32 ounces POM Wonderful pomegranate juice
2 star anise pods
1 cinnamon stick
4 cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ounces pomegranate molasses
3 cups white sugar
3/4 cup Demerara sugar
4 tablespoons muscovado sugar

Combine all ingredients except for the sugars in a saucepan and heat for 20 minutes over medium heat. Add sugars and stir to combine. Strain into a sealable bottle or container and keep refrigerated for up to a month.

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