Blackthorn

Blackthorn cocktail with sloe gin, sweet vermouth, aromatic bitters, and lemon peel

The Blackthorn (not to be confused with the Blackthorne, with an ‘e’) is a simple, brilliant low-proof cocktail that tastes almost like cold mulled wine. It’s named for the blackthorn berry – another name for the sloe drupes used to create sloe gin.

You’ll need a very good, very fresh sweet vermouth for this; Carpano Antica or Punt e Mes are great choices.

Ingredients

Instructions

Stir all ingredients with ice until chilled. Strain into a small chilled cocktail or coupe glass. Squeeze a piece of lemon peel over the drink and drop in the glass as a garnish.

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