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The Bicycle Thief cocktail is made with Campari, gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and the most important ingredient – grapefruit juice.
Grapefruit has earned its place as a revered ingredient in the world of mixology for a multitude of reasons. Its unique flavor profile, characterized by a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness, provides a versatile canvas for mixologists to paint their liquid masterpieces.
First and foremost, grapefruit adds a vibrant burst of citrusy freshness that invigorates the senses. The zesty notes create a lively and effervescent foundation for the cocktail, setting the stage for a flavor journey that is both refreshing and exhilarating. The natural acidity of grapefruit also acts as a counterpoint to the sweetness in the drink, ensuring a well-rounded and balanced taste.
Moreover, grapefruit brings a sophisticated bitterness to the mix, complementing the other components with its distinctive edge. This bitter element is crucial in cocktails, as it adds complexity and depth to the flavor profile, making each sip a nuanced experience. The Bicycle Thief cocktail ingeniously amplifies this bitterness with the inclusion of Campari, a renowned Italian aperitif that has become synonymous with bold and bitter elegance.
The Bicycle Thief cocktail was Crafted by Zachary Gelnaw-Rubin and Abraham Hawkins for Dutch Kills in New York City. This cocktail is also can be described as a delightful riff on the Grapefruit Collins with a modern twist, featuring Campari.
30 ml Campari
30 ml gin
45 ml grapefruit juice
15 ml fresh lemon juice
15 ml simple syrup
soda water, to top
Garnish: orange or grapefruit wedge
Add the Campari, gin, grapefruit juice, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker.
Add ice and shake for 10-15 seconds, until chilled.
Strain into a Collins glass, over ice.
Top off with soda water.
Garnish with an orange or grapefruit wedge.