Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. Throughout March, Mike’s picking up some elegant recipes from the new Uptown spot Coup d’Etat. This week’s drink uses a flavor you may not be familiar with, but should be.

1.5 oz silver tequila (Jesse uses Hornitos)
1 oz aged rum (Jesse uses Angustura Caribbean Trinidad rum)
1 oz Gran Classico (or Campari, if you can’t find it)
3/4 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
Splash of simple syrup

Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake well. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Taste Test
The challenge I issued to Jesse Held, bartender at Coup d’etat in Uptown Minneapolis, was to make a drink containing the bitter-flavored liqueur called Campari. He surprised me by substituting Gran Classico, a liqueur that pre-dates Campari and has a more complex flavor profile. This is a tropical drink that’s not sweet by any means, and strikes a good balance. If you’ve never tried Gran Classico (or Campari) this is a good first step into that world.

About Coup d’Etat
“A smart and stylish restaurant and bar to seat 300 with large spaces for groups and both indoor/outdoor spaces. The food will have a modern approach with classic flavors,” says their website. “The menu is designed for diners to create their own unique experience choosing from hot and cold starters and a broad selection of fish, meat and vegetable entrees to be shared. The cocktail program will be equally smart with reinterpretations of classic drinks as well as new creations.”

To find more recipes from Mike’s Mix, click here.

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