Raising Arizona

Written by Wynter Holden Category: Drink Issue: July 2014
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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.

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