3 July 2015

Black Squirrel and Citrus

Back at the ranch, we do a lot of mixology with Black Squirrel aged spirit and compare the results to those same recipes using popular and craft rums, whiskeys, and other spirits. I know, I know... You're saying, "That's how I spend my Saturday nights, too!" We are all awesome. Except at Black Squirrel we call the experimentation days "Monday", and there are notebooks involved.

As you will know from reviewing *your* notes, Black Squirrel stands up really well to citrus, just like an aged rum. While our favorite mixer is still just ice (cubical or spherical), when you get adventurous it is virtually impossible to overload it with citrus. Here are some of our favorite recipes featuring those ingredients.

 

Dark & Squirrelly

A spin on the classic 'Dark & Stormy'. Black Squirrels, especially Carl, would rather not be at sea, given their species and history with powerboats.

Ingredients

fl oz

Ginger Beer

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Crystalized Ginger

Instructions

Mix ingredients in a tall glass filled with ice. Add Black Squirrel, ginger beer, and a piece of crystallized ginger.
Garnish with a nearby sailboat or palm tree. (Or lime.)

The Hemingway

A delicious daiquiri that comes to us from Matt at Allen Burger Venture in Buffalo, NY. Inspired by the old man himself, we'd like to think that Hemingway would have cast aside his other bottles for ours in this delicious twist on an old favorite.

Ingredients

3⁄4 oz

Grapefruit Juice

3⁄4 oz

Lime Juice

oz

Simple Syrup (Use *Maple* Simple Syrup for extra deliciousness!)

Instructions

Hard shake with ice and pour into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with lime. Delicious.

Squirrelito

On sunny days and balmy nights, you could opt for a Mojito, or you could go native with a twist on the classic.

Ingredients

 

Lime (quartered)

T

Maple Syrup

fl oz

Club Soda

Instructions

Add Black Squirrel, Maple Syrup and Lime Quarters to a pint glass or tumbler. Muddle it like a boss. Add soda water and garnish with a mint sprig from your garden - assuming the squirrels haven't eaten them. 

Squirrel Punch

What better way to ward off scurvy than a big bowl of punch? 

Ingredients

c

Pineapple Juice

c

Orange Juice

c

Sparkling Soda or Juice (use 'blood orange' if you can find it...)

Instructions

Throw ingredients into a big bowl or pitcher. If you have actual oranges and pineapples, toss in as well (whole or cut into slices). Add ice (more for summer than winter.) Garnish with some cherries. Squirrels love cherries.