Black Cherry Sling

Happy Monday, everybody!
(Am I the only one who automatically thinks of Dr. Nick from The Simpsons when someone greets with “_____, everybody!” ??) I can feel your eyes roll. 

There are no Monday blues today because I am bringing you something to smile about! I’ve teamed up with one of the coolest chicks I know, Reece Sims, who earlier this year launched the site Whiskey Muse. This site isn’t for your faint at taste and is a site dedicated to men and women who enjoy a modern guide to classic malts. Using her knowledge of whiskey, scotch, bourbon, etc. Reese brings together classic cocktails with a twist!

Today, we bring to you a playful spin on the Singapore Sling; The Black Cherry Sling.

I told Reese that I wanted a black cocktail and she did not disappoint! PSA: This drink will not turn your mouth black. Winning!

What we love about the Singapore Sling is that it can be manipulated in any way you like as long as you use it’s base of Gin, Cointreau and a cherry tasting something. To make this cocktail black, we’ve used activated charcoal. You’ve probably seen charcoal juices at your local fresh pressed juicery and thought, “there is no way I’m drinking that!” Truth be told, you can’t taste it and supposedly it helps to cure / hinder hangovers while absorbing metabolites and toxins.

Don’t quote us on that, but it’s what we’ve read – we’ll try it!

There are many ways to garnish your cocktail and with my minimalist approach I’ve simply used a single cherry. Check out more photos of our cocktail and see how Reece garnishes hers with 3 cherries, HERE.

What you’ll need:

1.5 oz Botanist Gin
0.5 oz Cointreau
1 oz Black Cherry Syrup*
0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
4 dashes angostura bitters
2–3 oz Sparkling Water

Cherry Syrup:
250 grams pitted bing cherries
0.5 cup berry sugar
0.5 cup of water
0.5 zest of an orange
0.5 zest of a lemon
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp activated charcoal

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Cocktail Instructions:

In a small ramekin mix together the black cherry syrup, lemon juice and bitters.  Add mixture to the bottom of a champagne flute or collins glass.  Carefully fill the glass with ice (preferably with ice tongs), trying to leave existing ingredients undisturbed.  Add gin and cointreau. Tilt glass and top with sparkling water and garnish with cherries. This will allow the ingredients to stay separated. However, after presenting the cocktails to guests, encourage them to mix the ingredients in the glass together before drinking.

Cherry Syrup Instructions:
To make the black cherry syrup, in a saucepan add all dry ingredients and cherries. Slowly mix in water and bring mixture to a boil. Turn heat down to low and let simmer for 30 minutes. Blend mixture, place in a mason jar and let cool.

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