The New North Beach

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This week’s drink was is an original creation of mixologist Ben Smith of 15 Romolo in San Francisco. In his words:

“It’s kind of a play off a Trinidad Sour. Which is 2 oz Angostura bitters and 1 oz lemon. The New North Beach is a contemporary version with hints of vanilla from the carpano and light notes of cinnamon and spice from the amaro balanced with the acid of lemon, all rounded out by a touch of gum syrup. The idea came to me by trying to incorporate different bitter spirits that melded well without the intensive flavor of just the Angostura bitters alone.”

“The name basically came from the idea that North Beach is the little Italy of SF and us San Franciscan’s love our amaro/digestife, Fernet Branca.”

Next time you are in SF, stop by Romolo and try Ben’s New North Beach!


  • 1 oz Angostura Bitters
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Carpano Antica
  • 1/2 oz Amaro Cio Chiaro
  • 1/4oz Gum Syrup


Shake and double strain into coupe glass.
Garnish with orange zest

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