My Black and Bitter Heart

MyBlackAndBitterHeartWe’re not big romantics here at Booze Nerds, but we still like to throw ourselves into the spirit of any holidays that come our way. Never decline a chance to celebrate, right? So we felt it was only right that we do a take on what we would consider to be a proper Valentine’s Day cocktail.

With both of us being somewhat curmudgeonly by nature, the whole hearts-and-flowers thing isn’t really our style. But the heart theme is certainly a central one for Valentine’s Day, so what could we do? We decided to create a drink in honor of our own dark, shriveled organs 😉

MyBlackAndBitterHeart-finalMy Black and Bitter Heart

  • 1 oz rye
  • 1 oz cognac
  • 1 oz Punt e Mes
  • 1/2 oz Campari
  • 1/4 coffee liqueur
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a glass, garnish with a cherry.

  • Nose: Cola, horehound candy, caramel-y oak. Fainter notes of black cherry and coffee, plus a hint of meatiness, kind of like bacon.
  • Palate: A lot going on. Bittersweet cherry/berry on the start, with some oak and cola as well. Caramel on the mid-palate along with a big hit of coffee and some spice from the bitters, then mint and horehound notes from the Punt e Mes. Smoky, bitter finish, drier than you’d expect. For Shaun, a final punch of sweetness after the original dryness of the finish.

Whether you are single or paired, a romantic or not, we hope you’ll give this one a whirl on Valentine’s, or any day really. In the meantime, get off our lawn!

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