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

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Ingredients

 0.75 fl oz Rye Whiskey (100 proof)(Knob Creek )
 0.75 fl oz Mr Black Coffee Liqueur
 0.75 fl oz Punt e Mes
 0.75 fl oz Grenadine
 0.75 fl oz Acid Adjusted Grapefruit Juice
 1 dash Toasted Black Pepper Tincture

Directions

1

Add all ingredients to to a shaker and vigorously shake with ice.

2

Spray toasted black pepper tincture twice to coat the inside of a chilled Nick and Nora glass or coupe.

3

Spray tincture once more over the drink and garnish with a dehydrated grapefruit wedge

4

If not using tincture, a flamed grapefruit peel works well too

5

1. This step allows grapefruit juice to be balanced as if it were lemon juice.
2. Adding 40 grams of citric acid per liter of juice is a frequently accepted method.
3. For a small batch of juice, 4g per 100mL works well.
4. If you don’t have a scale, an individual cocktail would need approximately a heaping 1/8 teaspoon citric acid.

6

-Using Dave Arnold’s infusion method:
1. Toast 20g of peppercorns in a dry pan, moving frequently, until they smell fragrant, are popping, and smoke slightly.
2. Coarsely grind the spices and put into a 0.5 L iSi whipper with 100 mL of vodka or neutral grain spirit.
3. Infuse by charging once, shaking for several seconds, then charging and shaking a second time and leaving for 5 minutes. Vent, wait for bubbling to cease, and pass infused liquid through a coffee filter.


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