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Step-by-step instructions for making an Office bartender's dragon fruit cocktail 

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Jason Cevallos demonstrates the Sandy, a complex tequila-based concoction.
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The ingredients: dragon fruit ($5 apiece at Mariano's, where Cevallos got his), Fortaleza Blanco tequila, Pineau des Charentes, dragon fruit syrup, champagne, quassia tincture, and rose water
Start with two ounces of Fortaleza Blanco tequila, produced at a family estate in Tequila, Jalisco.
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Add a quarter ounce of Pineau des Charentes, a fortified-wine aperitif from southwestern France.
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Add eight drops of quassia tincture, used at the Office as a "bittering agent."
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Then add three quarters of an ounce of dragon fruit syrup.
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Add ice.
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Stir well (Cevallos put in a good 30 seconds).
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Strain into a glass over rocks.
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Top off with an ounce of champagne, then stir a few times more.
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Peel the dragon fruit to serve as a garnish.
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Submerge the peel in the cocktail.
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Add two drops of rose water.
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The Sandy, named for a friend of Cevallos's pooch.
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Jason Cevallos in his domain
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