Pineapple Cocktail Clash: Gallo's Picoso vs. Hula's Hurricane
Nothing says relaxing on a sunny day quite like a pineapple cocktail. We've recently found our cravings for them rising along with the temperatures, so we decided to put two of our favorites up against each other and see which is the ultimate unwinding drink. We kind of played fast and loose with the rules on this one, so the only qualifications are the use of pineapple and the use of liquor.
Heather Hoch Not all tropical cocktails were created equal.
In This Corner: Gallo Blanco's Picoso
Heather Hoch Gallo Blanco offers a spicy pineapple cocktail, heavy on the jalapeño.
The Setup: Doug Robson's original Mexican joint inside of the Clarendon Hotel near Osborne and Central Avenue is pretty much a staple for done-up street tacos in Phoenix. The digs are modern, clean, and metallic, but it's still a comfy place to sit around and chow on guacamole and chips.
The Good: Holy guacamole! This little cocktail sure has a kick. The word el picoso literally means spicy. The blend of jalapeño, muddled pineapple, and tequila makes for a hot and tart, yet still refreshing, drink.
The Bad: At $9/drink ($8 if it's happy hour), you can't have too many Picosos. However, our main gripe is the lack of sweetness in the drink. If they added a touch of simple syrup, it'd be perfect. Plus, when the bartender asked us if we'd be drinking outside, we didn't expect a plastic cup transfer. If we're spending $9 on a cocktail, we'd at least like to drink it out of a glass, regardless of where we're sitting. We promise that we can handle it.