Saturday, May 21, 2016

Black Dog

It's that lovable character from Stevenson's Treasure Island; it's that rocking song by Led Zeppelin; it's also a drink. The Black Dog is a blackberry brandy cocktail with a base of bourbon. You could just buy blackberry brandy, but where I live you can only get cheap sugar syrup liqueur. I wanted real blackberry flavor in brandy.

I started with blackberry infused E & J brandy that I made months ago. It is dry and tart, so I wanted to add more natural berry flavor. I recalled a story I did on jelly used in cocktails and picked up a jar of seedless blackberry preserves. You can try it my way or follow the recipe at the bottom.
  • 3 oz. bourbon
  • 1 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. blackberry brandy
Build cocktail in a mixing glass. Add brandy and dry vermouth and muddle 1 tsp. seedless blackberry preserves until it dissolves. Add bourbon and ice and stir until chilled. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice.

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