Tuscan Toucan

Anthony Schmidt, False Idol | San Diego

Nearly half of the drinks on the menu at the snug San Diego tiki den False Idol feature amaro, and the Tuscan Toucan is no exception. A full ounce and a half of bittersweet and savory Amaro Montenegro is blended with high-proof Jamaican rum, spicy cinnamon syrup and a trio of fresh citrus juices for a dynamic twist on the typical baking spices found in exotic cocktails. “It’s a thing you taste but can’t quite explain,” says beverage director Adam Schmidt. “It’s mysterious and lovely.”

Ingredients

Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces Amaro Montenegro
  • 1 ounce overproof unaged rum, preferably Rum-Bar
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce cinnamon syrup (see Editor's Note)
  • 3/4 ounce pineapple juice
  • 3/4 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed or cracked ice

Garnish: pineapple frond, swizzle stick, mint sprig, orchid

Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on medium until smooth.
  2. Pour into a rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with a pineapple frond, mint sprig and orchid.
Editor's Note

Cinnamon Syrup:
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
3 cinnamon sticks, cracked

Combine sugar and water in a sauce pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Add the cinnamon sticks and let rest, covered for 24 hours at room temperature. Strain into a sealable bottle or container. Will keep, refrigerated, for up to a month.

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