Black Phillip: Wouldst Thou Like to Drink Deliciously?

1 1/2 oz Pikesville Rye
3/4 oz Averna Amaro
3/4 oz ROOT Liqueur
1/4 oz Pure Maple Syrup
2-3 dashes Owl & Whale Cranberry Bitters
Mansinthe Absinthe rinse

Stir everything but the Absinthe with ice and strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass rinsed with the Absinthe. Live Deliciously.

This is a drink I’ve been trying to get solid for a while now and I think I’ve just about got it. I was trying to see if I could filch this off of something established but it started taking on a life of it’s own, like it was speaking to me in a hushed voice no one else could hear. I wanted full flavor, a unique aroma, and above all else, utter deliciousness. I think the final bit of glue to put this together was inspired from making the recent Black Rye.

I was going back and forth on whether to use ROOT or hit it with a beautiful bitterness with something like Suze, Campari or Cynar. The idea of the earthy Suze was most appealing but sweetness and the ROOT won out due to the overall fullness of flavor and hint of decadence I was looking for with the Averna as its subtle bittering agent and blackener.

One thing that will be interesting is that if I keep trying to make this I’ll have to source a replacement for the ROOT Liqueur. There are a few root beer liqueurs on the market that I hope will suffice. I may also just try to make my own at some point from this recipe. I will, however, make it at a higher ABV with an over-proof rum rather than a standard vodka.

The Cranberry Bitters really add that little extra kick if you can find them. I’ve been trying to find a good way to really utilize them and I feel like they seem to match up very well with everything that’s mixed here. This is the only Bitters I have from Owl & Whale so far but they’re worth looking into some more.

The amount of Maple Syrup you use will greatly affect how this drink tastes. I’m debating if I should up the official measure to 1/2 oz as that’s probably closer to what ended up in the mixing glass and I don’t think I’d want any less. And remember kids, life is too short for fake Maple Syrup.


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