September 27, 2023 2:39 pm

Bring Out Your Dead

Black Metal is a term used to describe a very specific form of heavy metal.  I’ll be honest; it’s not really my scene. I’m more of a traditional heavy metal fan. However, someone created a simple cocktail called Black Metal, and while I am not a fan of this particular musical style, the drink is solid. It’s all–spirit and strong as Russian winter. And that is my style. Happy Halloween!

Flavor Profile:  Espresso, bittersweet funk, with hints of tropical fruit

Bring Out Your Dead

Course Cocktails


  • 1.5 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Jamaican Rum
  • 1/2 oz Overproofed Rum
  • 2.5 oz Tia Maria Coffee Liqueur
  • 1/4 oz Ramazolti Amaro


  • Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass without ice and stir for twenty seconds. Strain into a large rocks glass over a large ice cube.

My Take

“Bring out your dead!” was a saying used during the European Black Plague to signal the townspeople it was time to bring out the corpses of the dead and throw them on the wagon for burial; most likely in a mass grave. Very uplifting, I know, but it does make me grateful that, while we are experiencing a pandemic, at least I don’t live in those truly dark days. Who knew I was an optimist at heart? This riff on Black Metal gives that drink a much needed fruity/funky side. Ramazotti is a wonderful amaro that you need to know. The flavor profile makes it an excellent addition to many drinks; anything from an Old Fashioned to a Sazerac can benefit from its bittersweet profile. The use of over-proofed rum (I recommend Hamilton’s 151) really kicks the fruity funk into high gear. Finally, I prefer the espresso style of Tia Maria with this rum/whiskey combination. 

Music Pairing

Black Sabbath “Heaven and Hell” Title track from Heaven and Hell (Vertigo) 1980

One of the greatest heavy metal songs of all time is a perfect musical pairing for this dark cocktail. 


"Whisky is liquid sunshine."

George Bernard Shaw

“The light music of whiskey falling into a glass – an agreeable interlude.”

James Joyce

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