The 1987 cult classic Raising Arizona put several Phoenix landmarks in the public eye, from Lost Dutchman State Park to The Phoenician. Inspired by the film’s Valley-centric landscape, Crudo co-owner Micah Olson developed a sunny twist on the classic Negroni that incorporates two local cocktail products. Olson added salt and cucumber to tame the drink’s natural bitterness, just as the Coen brothers’ witty dialogue made the film’s dark themes more palatable.
Start by muddling a fresh cucumber slice in a mixing glass. Add 1 1/2 oz. Arizona Distilling Co. Desert Dry Gin, 3/4 oz. Campari, 3/4 oz. Lillet Rose and 1 1/2 oz. Cointreau. Top with 10 drops of pink Himalayan salt solution, two dashes AZ Bitters Lab Orange Sunshine and ice. Stir for 30 seconds and double-strain into a chilled coupe glass. Top with cucumber slice.
3603 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles’ Kool-Aid based cocktail is dino-mite. ...
Ginger ale and ginger beer play supporting roles in cocktail culture, most notably in vintage “bucks” like the Moscow Mule. ...
The Dirty Commie
Get in a pickle with this cocktail from Milk Bar. ...
Duck Bath Punch
Duck Bath Punch ...
I Thought of This While Riding My Bicycle
Inspired by the Tour de France, Queen’s 1978 hit single “Bicycle Race” seemed pretty innocent with its cutesy lyrics and pop culture references. ...