You guys all read Michael Pollan's The Botany of Desire, right? In case the answer's no, he talks in the book about the source of the legend of Johnny Appleseed, who didn't roam the country toting apple seeds so children could give fruit to their teachers, but rather so that people could grow some inedible sour fruit that they could make into booze.

This week's drink, whose name is a play on Johnny Appleseed, comes from Rye (688 Geary) bartender Jon Gasparini. From Jon:

Having a bar focused on American whiskey never stopped us from enjoying our tequila. It seems that more great tequila is coming through our doors now than an ever before. I particularly impressed when I recently tried the new tequilas from the boys over at Tres Agaves. The've managed to produce three thoughtfully complex expressions at an affordable price. Perfect for mixing cocktails or sipping on their own.

This recipe is the bright and balanced result of combining organic Granny Smith Apples, fresh citrus, and the earthy, herbaceous character of an un-aged tequila. A crisp springtime cocktail for relaxing outdoors or on the patio at Rye.

Juan E. Appleseed

1.5 oz Tres Agaves blanco tequila
1/2 oz fresh pink grapefruit juice
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz housemade ginger syrup (see recipe below)
Dash of The Bitter Truth Grapefruit bitters
1/4 Granny smith apple cut into slices for muddling