Tony Abou-Ganim is one of the most important names in mixology, Known as the Modern Mixologist, Tony worked his way through Harry Denton's in San Francisco (where he developed the Cable Car), Mario Batali's Po in NYC (where he was Batali's first mixologist(, & Steve Wynn's Bellagio in Las Vegas (where he developed the resort's program).
Tony is currently working on a project with the James Beard Award-Winning Chef Shawn McClain and developing a superb beverage program at the new arena in Las Vegas.
Tony recently was at an event at Amusespot where he served his signature American Cocktail. The American Cocktail won the 2003 Gold Medal at the Bacardi Martini World Finals in Turin, Italy.
The American Cocktail was created to represent New York and America. As Tony states, " I wanted the drink to reflect the city' s originality and diversity." The drink features Puerto Rican Rum, Maraschino Liqueur from Italy, Trinidad Bitters, and Champagne (from France.)
A very complex but delightful drink, this recipe is taken from Tony Abou-Ganim's Book: The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails.
Take 20% off all Modern Mixologist Tools and Books with the Code AMERICAN COCKTAIL while supplies last. Some books are signed from the event (sorry we can't ensure you get one).
1 1/2 oz Bacardi Limon Rum
1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Sour
Dash Orange BItters
Strain into cocktail glass (we used Nick & Nora's from Amusespot)
Top with ice cold champagne.
View the video below for the nuance involved in making this cocktail.