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Julia McKinley, Young American | Chicago

“Pineapple and mint is always such a great combination,” says Julia McKinley of the key flavors in her contemporary take on a sour. “That’s definitely a tiki influence,” she says, citing similarities between this drink and the Missionary’s Downfall. In place of a rum base, however, McKinley opts for a split between tequila and a particularly floral blanco vermouth that complements the grassy notes of the agave spirit while lowering the overall ABV. For the sweetener, McKinley relies on a honey-créme de menthe mixture bolstered by pineapple gum syrup. “Pineapple can just be such a multiplier of flavors,” she says. “It links things together in a really beautiful way.”


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila, preferably Pueblo Viejo
  • 1 ounce blanco vermouth, preferably La Pivón
  • 1/2 ounce pineapple gum syrup, preferably Small Hand Foods
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce honey-mint sweetener (2:1, honey:créme de menthe)
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 4 mint leaves

Garnish: mint bouquet

  1. In a shaker tin, add the mint and lime wedge and muddle.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and shake with ice.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.
  4. Garnish with a large mint bouquet.