Saturday, December 17, 2016

15 Days of Holiday Drinks (Day 10)

twisted-swan-cocktail• Each year, I offer readers a lineup of cocktail creations for the holiday season, culled from combing through all sorts of sources -- my own archives, bar books, distillers' ideas, etc. -- even press releases from breathless PR people seeking to get their clients' products mentioned.

Several years ago, actresses Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis heated up the movie screen in “The Black Swan,” a twisted psycho-drama about the backstage maneuverings in the world of ballet.

That was the inspiration for this drink from the makers of Maestro Dobel Tequila. Unlike the film, it’s a sweet treat. Literally. However, if its origins are too racy for whoever you plan to serve, you can always call the drink by a milder name -- perhaps something like the Flamboyant Ballerina.


3 ounces of your favorite blanco tequila
¼ ounce raspberry liqueur
¼ ounce amaretto liqueur
Crushed dark chocolate

Put the first three ingredients into a shaker with several cubes of ice, Stir, strain into a chilled cocktail glass that has had the rim coated with the crushed chocolate. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or several fresh raspberries and serve.

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