MyBlackAndBitterHeart We’re not big romantics here at Booze Nerds, but we still like to throw ourselves into the spirit of any holidays that come our way. Never decline a chance to celebrate, right? So we felt it was only right that we do a take on what we would consider to be a proper Valentine’s Day cocktail.

With both of us being somewhat curmudgeonly by nature, the whole hearts-and-flowers thing isn’t really our style. But the heart theme is certainly a central one for Valentine’s Day, so what could we do? We decided to create a drink in honor of our own dark, shriveled organs ;)

MyBlackAndBitterHeart-finalMy Black and Bitter Heart

  • 1 oz rye
  • 1 oz cognac
  • 1 oz Punt e Mes
  • 1/2 oz Campari
  • 1/4 coffee liqueur
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
Palate: A lot going on. Bittersweet cherry/berry on the start, with some oak and cola as well. Caramel on the mid-palate along with a big hit of coffee and some spice from the bitters, then mint and horehound notes from the Punt e Mes. Smoky, bitter finish, drier than you’d expect. For Shaun, a final punch of sweetness after the original dryness of the finish.

Whether you are single or paired, a romantic or not, we hope you’ll give this one a whirl on Valentine’s, or any day really. In the meantime, get off our lawn!


Filed under: campari, coffee liqueur, cognac, punt e mes, rye Tagged: my black and bitter heart cocktail recipe