Earlier this week (i.e., yesterday), I tested a version of a beautiful blackberry cocktail from The Gastronom called The Black Scot.
Here's how it went down --
Jeff came home from work and, as is his usual practice, headed downstairs to the garage to wash (or cuddle or whisper sweet nothings to) the car . . .
He invited me to join him and I'll admit my response was probably a wee bit harsh --
"Why would I want to go down there? It's cold and there's nowhere to sit. You need a wine fridge, a sofa and table down there and then I'll join you."
As he turned to descend the stairs, I could tell he was making a mental note to shop for: a wine fridge, sofa and table . . . (or was it "a new wife"? Hmmmmm.)
Then I heard him say, "Well then, bring me a cocktail, woman. Surprise me."
We typically reach for the wine most nights, but in the last few years I've enjoyed the occasional cocktail experiment.
Whenever Jeff is onboard with the cocktail idea, I happily pull out the liquor bottles and start pouring and shaking!
On this particular day, we started with what was supposed to be a "Creme Brulee Martini." The recipe called for Frangelico, which I did not have on hand. So substitute I did!
I'd rate the final product at a 5 out of 10. Pretty (too?) sweet -- I'll attempt it again when I have all the correct ingredients.
For cocktail #2, I consulted my trusty Pinterest board "Cocktail Recipes I want to Investigate."
(By the way, if you're not already following The Recipe Wench on Pinterest, at least follow this particular board!)
I scrolled down and my eyes locked onto The Gastronom's Black Scot. A gorgeous cocktail!
I used Bushmill's Irish Whiskey in place of the Scotch because, well, it is March and (at least to me) March means Saint Patrick's Day and all things Irish.
So this substitution of Irish Whiskey for Scotch is . . . justified! And I've renamed my version The Irish Blackberry Cocktail. Not nearly as intriguing as The Gastronom's Black Scot, but I was pressed for time! Forgive me!
One taste and I knew I needed to share this recipe with you ASAP!
I love everything about this cocktail and I hope you are as thrilled with it as I am!
I love the color, I love the glass (the "coupe"), I love the taste and the, oh my gosh, honey cream topping!
I'm going to have to find a way to use this honey cream more often! It's a must!