A year or two ago Mrs. The Ace came back from Beretta restaurant in San Francisco raving about the cocktail she had with her dinner than evening. A well-documented lover of grapefruit flavors in her cocktail, she was downright titillated by this combination of grapefruit and pineapple. I counted my lucky stars that she hadn't run off with the bartender right then and there, and decided that I had best heed her request to figure out how to make this drink for her at home.
Beretta's cocktail menu names the drink the Il Gitano, and it lists the ingredients as amaro, lime, pineapple gomme, grapefruit, bitters. After a few iterations, I adapted the proportions as follows.
Le Pamplemousse D'Amour
Adapted from Beretta Restaurant's Il Gitano cocktail
1 oz. Amaro
1 oz. fresh-squeezed white grapefruit juice (i recommend oro blanco when in season)
1/4 to 1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice (I usually split the middle at 1/3 oz)
3/4oz. Small Hand Foods pineapple gum syrup
2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
Place an up glass in the freezer to chill - or place ice and water in the glass - and set aside for 2-3 minutes. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain the chilled drink into the glass using a fine strainer. Grate a fine zest of the lime rind onto the thin head of foam that should be floating on top of the drink and serve.
If you can find it, Amaro Nonino is simply amazing in this cocktail (here's a link to K and L Wine Merchants' site to find it). It adds a light citrus touch that plays perfectly with the juices in the drink. I have also made it with Ramazotti - which I really appreciate for its classic amaro bitterness. You get a slightly different but nevertheless excellent cocktail with either one.
This drink is a classic crowd pleaser. It also makes a very nice aperitif - it has a blend of citrus juices with a little sweetness from the pineapple gomme syrup. Amaro is a nice low-proof spirit that is often served straight up as an aperitif.
And yes, this story has a happy ending... Mrs. The Ace hasn't left with that (or any other) bartender just yet. In fact, she even claims that the adapted version is better than the original! Having since tried the Il Gitano for myself, I would say that this stacks up right next to Beretta's very fine cocktail.