Tony Tuttle's Agave Gusto

Tony Tuttle's Agave Gusto
Zach Fowle

While there were several entrants in the Campari Cocktail Competition we told you about yesterday, there could only be one victorious drink: the Agave Gusto, created by Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center bar manager Tony Tuttle. Today, Tuttle shares the history and recipe for his conquering beverage.

"Campari is a classic aperitif, so I broke down the cocktail to catch the essence of an aperitif." Tuttle says. "The cocktail uses Espolon silver tequila, which lends itself to a lot of cool grapefruit, citrus flavors. Then I went to what I would kind of do if I was going to have a big meal. Lemongrass is a great way to aid digestion, so the syrup I used was lemongrass syrup."

Tuttle finishes the drink by spraying a bottle filled with orange oil through a flame.

"I came up with that for the competition," he says. "As part of the technical judging, they're really big about not using your hands, not touching the glass. So by making a spray bottle and holding a match, I can abide by those rules, and it actually makes a big flame."

A blaze about the size of your head, actually. Watch your eyebrows.

The ingredients:
1.5 oz. Campari
1 oz. Espelon Silver tequila
½ oz. Monin lemongrass syrup
½ Meyer lemon juice

How to make it:
Add all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker, shake well and strain. Zest with an orange peel. Garnish with a stalk of lemongrass and an orange wheel.

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