MR BLACK
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Earl Black
This cocktail was inspired by my favorite decadent cocktail, the Atholl Brose. I wanted to make a variation on it using Mr Black and tikified! It is a delicious and rich dessert drink, but not too sweet believe it or not. The drink’s namesake is an Australian heavyweight wrestler, Earl Black, instead of the Earl of Atholl. His career was cut short by injuries, but he held the Australian heavyweight title. He was said to be a sadist with a heart of gold, this is a toast to the champ!
Mr. Sandman
This elegent manhattan inspired cocktail has cherry and coffee flavors acompanied by oaky tequila and mexican spice. With the decadent addition of the smoked chilli whip cream this cocktail is a perfect nightcap drink, hence Mr. Sandman
Witches’ Brew
My Uncle brought back pumpkin seed oil from his trip to Austria and I absolutely fell in love with it! I wanted to incorporate it into a cocktail. While fat washing was an option, I remembered trying the Oliveto cocktail when it was in one of Steve’s emails. The dryness and slight flavor it imparted to the sour captivated me. So, I decided to make a savory and earthy variation using Mezcal and pumpkin seed oil. It’s an absolutely unique cocktail that starts deceivingly light and develops into a smokey, vegetal, earthy brew that make me feel like I’m drinking a witch’s potion. I decided to have fun with the fanfare and embrace the imagery of a bubbling cauldron and use ingredients I thought could belong to a witch.
Crocodile
The first Mr Black Cocktail I had was Greg from How To Drink’s Cold Brew Shakerato. I loved the complex coffee notes in a bright and bitter context. It was a great fit for Mr Black. I wanted to create a similar equal parts cocktail. It’s well balanced and changes from a bright and fruity sour to a rich lingering bitterness due to the Mr Black and vermouth. This drink began life as a red hook variation, so it’s named after my favorite hook handed pirate Warlord, Crocodile. *Pepper tincture is optional but highly recommended
Jungle Bean
Jungle Bean brings the funk. A beautiful blend of overripe tropical banana funk and rich Demerara is enhanced with Mr. Black's bright bittersweet coffee. Talk a walk on the funky side.
Villa Rica
Coffee should be the central star and protagonist in this challenge. I´m Dutch-Mexican, living on the Spanish Canary Islands, and wanted to go back to my roots. How did coffee originally get into Mexico, many centuries ago? Through the port of Veracruz. Where is my wife from? From Veracruz. What was the original name when Veracruz got founded by Spaniard Hernán Cortes? Villa Rica de Vera Cruz. Need I say more? Inspired by the traditional Mexican Café de Olla: coffee with cinnamon and piloncillo.
Molasses Swizzle
This cocktail is a tiki drink playing on the dark notes of molasses from the dark rum, demerara simple syrup, and Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur. The lime and honey provide freshness to an otherwise very heavy drink, and the Allspice dram, Angostura bitters, and absinthe add spice that increase the depth and longevity of the drink on the palette. This cocktail is based on the 20-70 Swizzle from Martin & Rebecca Cate's Smuggler's Cove.
Mister B. Happy
Combine Mr Black Coffee Liqueur, Disaronna, Lemon Juice, Mandarin Orange Juice, and Ginger Liqueur in a shaker tin with ice. Shake for 10-12 seconds to chill and combine. Double strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Add Club Soda and stir lightly to combine. Garnish with Lemon and Orange Peel.
The Mezcal Brunch
The recent return of cooler temperatures put me in the mood for something smoky and rich. So, Mezcal was the first thing that came to mind and it pairs wonderfully with the bittersweet coffee of Mr. Black. A little rich cinnamon syrup adds in some warm spices. An egg white adds the creamy smooth texture. Throw in some fresh orange juice and you have a Mezcal Brunch. Enjoy!
The Coffee Jerk Daiquiri
This is a slightly spicy daiquiri, featuring a jerk spiced simple syrup and hot sauce, tempered by Mr. Black and a nice Jamaican rum. I drew inspiration from the tropical climates needed to grow coffee, which led me to rum and spices. All of this led me here, to this tasty twist on a classic.
Mr Black Boomerang
I recently found and fell in love with this liquor called Boomerang from Washington state. When thinking over coffee flavors, I knew I wanted to let the coffee shine in a simple cocktail, but elevated in a way that brings out some of the more complex notes in coffee. This nails it! With notes of cherry, apricot, orange, walnut, cinnamon, vanilla, and peppercorn - the Boomerang liquor brings the coffee alive with a bold rye backbone to hold it all together. Delicious!
Black on Black
I was looking to add a bit of smoke to some otherwise sweet and mellow flavors. The Johnnie Walker Black was a nice compliment to the coffee flavor of the Mr. Black.
Black Harvest
I wanted something creamy with some of my favorite fall flavors, but I didn't want any one flavor to stand out above the others. This is a nice balancing act that everyone could love.
Mr Bali Shy
If coffee isn't the first thing you think of when someone mentions tiki cocktails, you'd be forgiven. But think about it. Coffee comes from the same places as a lot of the beautiful ingredients for classic tiki drinks! Taking inspiration from the fantastic Mr Bali Hai, I used a milk punch base to soften things up on the rum side before coming in with the tropics! It may be a little shy coming together, but the results are well worth the wait!
Triple Black Flip
I've been experimenting with flips lately. This one gives Mr. Black Amaro a chance to shine, mellowed by the smoothness of the egg, but then brought back to life by the black walnut bitters.
Devil
… It’s in the details. A Mezcal Cafe Negroni. @delmagueymezcal and their spectacular single village mezcals are truly a treat, each in their own regard; Chichicapa played a big role in crafting this drink. It’s a lovely sipping spirit, and should only be used in cocktails lovingly. And for this drink it’s the only spirit that can get the job done, everything else was built around it.
3 Whispers
Who doesn't love a little coffee n cream? A bit of chocolate, a bit of almond. It all comes together to just hint at each flavor, one by one, yet all in harmony. Just quiet whispers of a relaxing dream.
Mr. Rapido
Mr. Rapido is born out a love for coffee, Mezcal and Negronis. Well balanced with notes of smoke, coffee and light bitter herbaceous ness. The vermouth used is lighter and adds notes of chocolate which play well with chocolate mole bitters. Working in cocktail bars, Mezcalerias and Italian restaurants help bring together this magical cocktail.
Piña Noir
For the past seven years I’ve been immersed in the Hispanic culture. This included drinking coffee with every meal and getting familiar with lot of different spices. These new aspects of my life were key into the creation of my cocktail. This cocktail represents the flavor profile I’ve fallen in love with. This is a coffee forward cocktail with a bit of sweetness and spice. Everything I’ve come to love. The flavors really pair well together to create such a deliciously spicy low abv coffee cocktail perfect for the Houston heat.
Sublevación de Café
Having played around with the recipe for Whiskey Rebellion for a few years (mostly just exchanging whiskey for other base spirits) I figured switching the Pimm's for Mr Black would be good, but wasn't too impressed with the result and moved on. However, when I first heard of the competiton I figured I'd put a bit more effort into making something of my idea, ultimately replacing every ingredient, ending up with something less quaffable than the original but, I'd like to think, more interesting.
Resilience
Resilience is a refreshing tropical cocktail that has complex layers of coffee ground notes, spices, and nuttiness. This cocktail is created to honor the people who work behind the scene to make Mr.Black possible- the farmers. They are the ones who are up early in the morning and might not leave the farm till the sun goes down at night. After a long day, this cocktail is a perfect self-reward.
Coffee Continental
Coffee paired with citrus and spice reminds me of my travels. I always enjoy trying the local twist on a cup of coffee, and this cocktail provides my own variation. With ingredients from all corners of the globe, this cocktail is a vibrant blend of international flavors.
Brown Sugar
This one is just fun because it's a bit of everything. Cognac, vodka, and gin based liquors with seriously different and bold flavors. My intention was to call this a "Say What, Now?" but the flavor ended up being like the freshest, richest brown sugar. Somehow perfect for a dessert drink, but bold enough to serve with a BBQ beef rib. Reduce amount of syrup if less sweet is desired.
Sunset in São Paolo
This cocktail was inspired by my recent fascination and appreciation of cachaça and my long-standing love for coffee. The scientist in me has been intrigued with the process of clarifying cocktails, and I thought this might be a unique opportunity to create a drink that had a definitive coffee flavor with a refined structure and nice aesthetics. After clarification, the drink still had a strong golden hue, so I decided to add a little blueberry liquor to add a bitter note and amber-ish color.
Black Lipstick
Inspired by a raspberry-lemon-coffee sour beer from a local brewery. Aroma of subtle cacao and lemon citrus, semi-sweet cold brew in flavor, with a mildly bitter Aperol presence and tart lemon citrus finish. Trickles of fresh raspberry, vanilla bean “fatness,” and all beneath a pillow of fluffy egg white. Dynamically and encouragingly drinkable.
Nuts & Beans
The main inspiration was the star of the show - Mr Black. I stuck to the nuts and bolts of flavour — sweet, sour, bitter, umami — and carefully picked the other ingredients to create a synergy that highlights all the different facets of this wonderfully complex liqueur. The complexity rests on a solid foundation borrowed from timeless classics such as Last Word or Paper Plane and has an ambition to be just as revered and memorable.
Diablo Amargo
Spanish for "Bitter Devil", this cocktail initially takes you down a narrow hallway of orange & chocolate, but soon opens you up to a world of spice to complement the inner demon. Creating a spicy Coca-Cola syrup inspired me to include mezcal in my coffee Negroni and creating a red chili and black pepper-infused Campari followed soon after, developing the *perfect* amount of spice for this drink. Smoke, heat, bitter, sweet, bright and dark. Hell with a small slice of Heaven. Cheers!
Migaloo
This is just my play on a White Russian and Dominicana. Took it a step further with giving the whip cream a little bit of flavor and add banana liquor to it.
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