This week at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, we caught up with cocktail chef Matt Biancaniello, shopping for his weekly bounty of inspiration. From fresh fruits and vegetables to aromatics and even ingredients foraged from the Santa Monica mountains, it’s always exciting to see what new creations Matt has up his sleeve.
Matt is in full experimentation mode right now, working on his upcoming book, EAT YOUR DRINK, which is due to be released next March.
With Labor Day weekend upon us and passion fruit at the peak of season, Matt shared with us a late summer cocktail recipe he calls the “Italian Greyhound.”
2oz – Cappalletti Aperitivo
3/4 oz – agave syrup (1:1 ratio of water to agave nectar)
3/4 oz – lime juice
1 oz – passion fruit from JJ’s Lone Daughter Ranch
1 pinch – Hepp’s ghost pepper salt
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain mixture into a Collins glass over ice.