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
- 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.
“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.
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.