Mar 10

The Black Hawk

Black Hawk + Sloe GinTonight I was looking for something new to try with my much-loved Plymouth Sloe Gin and came across the Black Hawk on cocktaildb.com.  I made two, the second time around I tweaked it with the addition of some grapefruit bitters which seemed to help cut the perception of sweetness and bring out the citrus action in the Sloe Gin.  I would definitely recommend trying it that way, but here is the original recipe:

1 1/2 oz. Rye Whisky (Rittenhouse 100 proof)
1 1/2 oz Sloe Gin (Plymouth)

Stir oh so gently with lots of ice and strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a cherry.

Simple, right?  And very good.  Sweet and plummy but balanced out by the spicy rye.  My elaboration: grapefruit bitters (Bittermens/Bitter Truth, 2 dashes).  Even more tasty, if less simple.

There seem to be a lot of different variations on this recipe out there, one of which includes lemon and sugar in the mix.  Maybe another time.