Cristian Gomez, Casa Tua
Originally from Argentina, Cristian Gomez moved to the United States in 2001. After a couple of years, he was captured by the mixology world.
His first experience as a bartender was in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, in a bar called "Shine" in 2005, then he moved to Miami where he worked for several years in the Italian cocktail bar Caffe Milano on Ocean Drive. He also worked one year in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood, then moved back to Miami to work at Salt & Pepper and finally at the iconic member's club and Italian Restaurant, Casa Tua, where he is the Resident Mixologist for the past five years.
Created by Cristian Gomez at Casa Tua, Miami
1 oz Italicus
1 oz white Rum
0.75 oz Grapefruit Juice
0.50 oz Key Lime Juice
0.25 oz Simple Syrup
Garnish with lime zest
The inspiration of my cocktail came when I learned how Italicus is bringing back to life such an ancient Italian liquor as Rosolio using Bergamot as main tasting note. Inspired by that, I considered that Florida has a very peculiar citrus as well, typical of the Keys Islands region, that has a unique bitter and sour taste.
So I picked it as my local ingredient, and then when it comes to the Florida Keys is impossible not to think about Ernest Hemingway who lived there for years and I so decided to twist the notorious Hemingway's Daiquiri with Italicus and my local ingredients. I like semplicity and simple cocktails because they translate to all the palates. I dedicated this drink to a very famous Italian writer, Italo Svevo.