ONE FOR THE ROAD
The cocktails that put the most considered Australian craft spirits to good use, with recipes from the best bartenders in the country.
THE RECIPE COMPLEXION
30ml Mr Black 30ml Oscar 697 Vermouth Rosso 20ml Calle 23 Blanco Tequila 10ml Campari
Stir, strain into a coupette, garnish with an orange twist.
We all love an espresso martini, but there is another way to sneak a caffeine hit into your evening soirée while also becoming something of a trailblazer for fine coffee liqueurs. Mr Black is crafted at a small distillery on the NSW Central Coast, using cold-pressed, single-origin beans from Ethiopia, Brazil and Papua New Guinea. Drop into the cosy bar at Annata in Sydney’s Crows Nest, and bartender Christian Blair will arrange an introduction. “This variation on a negroni uses Mr Black Cold Drip Coffee Liqueur as the driving flavour,” he says. “Cold drip is said to highlight more floral flavours from the coffee it’s made with, so in this instance sweet vermouth is added to intensify the dark fruit character, Campari to enhance the bitterness, and tequila to bring up the sweetness.”