Archive for January 2023

Holy Cacao

Holy Cacao

Shake with ice and strain into coupe.

This drink grew from the chile liqueur I had recently acquired. I’ve combined chile and chocolate in the past with some success so moved in that direction, but this time opted for Cognac over tequila. Acid was necessary from the lime to cut the heat and sweet, and the Chartreuse gives it a nice herbal depth and pairs well with the Cognac. The bitters round it all out.

The name probably doesn’t need much explanation. I never can turn down a bad pun.

Der Schwarzwald

Der Schwartzwald

  • 2.0 oz German rye
  • 0.75 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 0.25 oz. Black Forest edel kirsch liqueur
  • dash of Kümmel
  • dash of kirsch
  • dash of Bitter Truth Chocolate bitters

Stir with ice and strain into coupe. Garnish with a cherry.

I found this German rye locally and fell in love with it. I wanted to try it in my favorite drink Remember the Maine and decided to swap in (mostly) German ingredients.

In place of Cherry Heering I poured a Black Forest cherry liqueur, then for absinthe used Kümmel. At that point I wanted to embrace the Black Forest cake profile so added chocolate bitters and another kirsch just enhance the cherry taste.

The name of course is Black Forest in German. Das ist gut.