What Shopping? Five ‘Black’ Cocktails for Your Epicurean Black Friday

We’ve long suspected that sinister, conspiratorial forces were driving the annual consumerist mayhem that is Black Friday—and a 2013 episode of South Park going by the same name all but confirmed our suspicions. So we have continued to avoid it with all the vigor and determination with which we would avoid a Jonas Brothers reunion tour.

Rather, we prefer to think of this day-after-Thanksgiving day off as yet another opportunity to hone our considerable epicurean skills (okay, we pretty much do that every day). And this year we’re playing to theme by mixing up some literal black cocktails, courtesy of five exclusive recipes generously supplied by our friends at Mr Black and Blackened American Whiskey.

Originating from Sydney, Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur is an exhilaratingly bittersweet blend of specialty cold-brew Arabica coffee beans, and Australian wheat vodka. So yes, it has that buzz of internationalism that always commands our attention. And as both Italophiles and connoisseurs of the Old Fashioned cocktail, the Cold Brew Negroni and the Cold Fashioned (haha) will absolutely be in heavy rotation at our in-home bar this season.

Blackened American Whiskey appeals to the eternal rocker that ever haunts our souls. Indeed, it’s a collaboration between those towering metal gods Metallica (you read that right) and Master Distiller Dave Pickerell. The name comes from the song of the same name on the band’s 1988 album …And Justice For All, but it also has to do with the process, as the whiskey is aged in black brandy barrels, with low frequency sound waves that help it to finish. Honestly, we’re even planning to leave a couple of Blackened Hot Toddy’s for Santa on Christmas Eve, since he’s been so good as to overlook all our naughty behavior over the years.

Have a joyous and safe Black Friday…

Espresso Martini

2 oz. Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
1 oz. Espresso

Method – combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, hard shake, strain into a compete

Cold Brew Negroni (second image from top)

1 oz. Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
1 oz. Campari
1.5 oz. Dry Gin

Method – combine ingredients, add ice and stir
Garnish – orange wedge

Cold Fashioned

1 oz. Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
1 oz. Rye Whiskey

Method – combine ingredients, add ice and stir
Garnish – orange twist

Blackened Hot Toddy (top image)


Created by Karl Steuck (@spiritandspoon)

Ingredients:
1.5oz Blackened American Whiskey
.5oz Ancho Reyes
.5oz charred lemon juice *
.5oz cinnamon honey syrup *
4oz hot water
Smoked Cinnamon garnish


Method: Halve lemons, grill to char, juice. Take 1 cup honey add 1/2 cup water into a pan with 5 cinnamon sticks. Bring to boil. Then let simmer on’ low for 30 minutes or so…

Proper 86


Created by Amanda (@Bad_Birdy), Head Bartender at The House of Machines, LA


Ingredients:
1.5oz Blackened
.5oz Faretti Biscotti
.5oz Sweet Vermouth Blend
2 dashes of chocolate bitters
2 drops of saline
Brûlée Lemon


Method: Stir the ingredients together and pour over a large ice cube in a rocks glass, then top with the Brûlée lemon


“Take a sip of the cocktail and bite down on the edge of the lemon. I always wait and see the reaction people have from this cocktail and its a stunner 100% of the time. The brûlée lemon wheel is such a treat and really balances out the sweet notes of the cocktail. It’s a perfect pairing!”

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