Black Opal
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Black Opal
Cocktail recipe

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The Black Opal is a strong and fruity cocktail that is perfect for those who prefer a bold and flavorful drink. Its origins date back to the early 1920s, making ... more The Black Opal is a strong and fruity cocktail that is perfect for those who prefer a bold and flavorful drink. Its origins date back to the early 1920s, making it a classic and well-loved cocktail. The drink gets its name from the deep and rich color it takes on when all the ingredients are mixed together. The combination of Triple Sec, Gin, White Rum, Raspberry liqueur, and Sour Mix creates a complex and delicious flavor profile. The sweetness of the Triple Sec and Raspberry liqueur is balanced by the tartness of the Sour Mix, while the Gin and White Rum add a strong and distinct alcohol taste. With each sip, you will experience a burst of flavors that will leave you wanting more. The Black Opal is the perfect cocktail for any occasion and is sure to leave a lasting impression with its unique combination of ingredients.
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Lemon
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29.78% | 2.03 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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15ml ½oz 1.5cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
7.5ml ¼oz 0.8cl

Method
How to make a Black Opal

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add alcoholic ingredients to a highball glass with ice, and top up with sour mix
Stir and garnish with a lemon slice before serving

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Highball  ·  Sour  ·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do I properly stir the Black Opal to ensure the ingredients are well-mixed?

To properly stir the Black Opal cocktail, fill your mixing glass with ice and add all ingredients: Triple Sec, Gin, White rum, Raspberry liqueur, and Sour Mix. Use a long-handled bar spoon and move it in a gentle circular motion around the edge of the glass for about 30 seconds. This method ensures that the ingredients are thoroughly mixed without diluting the drink too much or bruising the spirits, maintaining the cocktail's intended flavor.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the recommended garnish for a Black Opal cocktail?

While the original recipe for the Black Opal does not specify a garnish, a slice of lime or a raspberry skewer could complement the drink’s flavors and add a splash of color. Consider balancing the garnish on the rim of the highball glass or floating it atop the cocktail for a visually appealing presentation.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another liqueur for raspberry liqueur in the Black Opal?

Yes, if raspberry liqueur is unavailable, you can substitute it with other berry liqueurs such as blackberry or currant liqueur to maintain a similar fruity profile. Keep in mind that the substitution may slightly alter the cocktail's final taste, so it's worth experimenting to find the combination that best suits your palate.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in a Black Opal compare to a classic Margarita?

The Black Opal has an alcohol content of approximately 29.78%, which is higher than a classic Margarita's alcohol content, often around 26% depending on the recipe. The Black Opal's combination of Triple Sec, Gin, and White Rum contributes to its higher alcohol level, making it a stronger option.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What type of occasions are best suited for serving the Black Opal cocktail?

The Black Opal, with its unique blend of spirits and rich color, is well-suited for evening events, sophisticated gatherings, or themed parties that call for a visually striking and potent drink option. Its complex flavor profile makes it a great conversation starter for cocktail enthusiasts.

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