Blackthorn No. 3
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Blackthorn No. 3
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.4 / 5
The Blackthorn No. 3 cocktail is a sophisticated blend that tantalizes the palate with a complex flavor profile. This cocktail artfully combines the rich, warm notes of whiskey with the ... more The Blackthorn No. 3 cocktail is a sophisticated blend that tantalizes the palate with a complex flavor profile. This cocktail artfully combines the rich, warm notes of whiskey with the herbal nuances of absinthe, all balanced by the dry, crisp taste of white vermouth. The addition of Boker's bitters introduces a subtle spicy undercurrent, enhancing the overall depth of the drink. Served in a cocktail glass, the Blackthorn No. 3 is a perfect choice for those who appreciate a drink that delivers both complexity and harmony in flavor. Whether you're a cocktail aficionado or looking to explore unique drink recipes, the Blackthorn No. 3 offers a distinctive and enjoyable experience.
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White vermouth
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28% | 1.68 units *
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Classic

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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30ml 1oz 3cl
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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Blackthorn No. 3 is a cocktail connoisseur’s delight, smoothly capturing the warmth of whiskey interwoven with the breezy coolness of white vermouth, heightened by hints of anise from the absinthe. The addition of Boker's bitters rounds out this mixture with a delicate yet discernable spiciness, creating a sophisticated, multi-layered drinking experience that beckons with every sip.

Method
How to make a Blackthorn No. 3

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Begin by adding all the given ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice
Gently stir the mixture together for about 10-15 seconds, ensuring everything is well combined without diluting it too much
Once stirred to perfection, strain the concoction into a glass that has been chilled beforehand
This helps maintain the cool temperature of your cocktail
Enjoy your expertly mixed drink right after preparing for the best taste

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

·  Stir  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of whiskey works best with Blackthorn No. 3?

For the Blackthorn No. 3 cocktail, a smooth, slightly spicy rye whiskey or a more mellow and sweet Irish whiskey are generally preferred choices. These types can complement the herbal flavors of absinthe and the dryness of white vermouth nicely, but feel free to experiment with your favorite whiskey to tailor the drink to your taste.

FAQ

Can Blackthorn No. 3 be made with red vermouth instead of white?

While the original Blackthorn No. 3 recipe calls for white vermouth for its dry, crisp profile, you can substitute red (sweet) vermouth if you prefer a sweeter cocktail with a richer palate. However, using red vermouth will create a different drink experience, so it may not be suitable for purists.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of Blackthorn No. 3?

Creating a non-alcoholic version of the Blackthorn No. 3 involves replacing the whiskey with a non-alcoholic spirit that has a similar flavor profile, such as those made from distilled botanicals. Non-alcoholic absinthe alternatives and a non-alcoholic white vermouth substitute would also be needed. While the taste won't be identical due to the absence of alcohol, it can still provide a complex and enjoyable drink experience.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What's the significance of using Boker's bitters in Blackthorn No. 3?

Boker's bitters add a unique, historical element to the Blackthorn No. 3. Originally popular in the 19th century, Boker's bitters provide a distinctive cardamom and bitter citrus flavor that enhances the cocktail's complexity. They play a crucial role in balancing the sweetness of the vermouth and the intensity of the absinthe and whiskey, contributing to the cocktail's overall depth and appeal.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should Blackthorn No. 3 be served to best enjoy its flavors?

The Blackthorn No. 3 should be served in a chilled cocktail glass to enhance its crispness and to keep it cold longer, allowing you to savor its complex flavors gradually. Since it's neither shaken nor stirred, gently pouring the mix over a few cubes of ice before straining into the glass will help meld the flavors without diluting the cocktail too much. Serving it this way ensures a smooth, well-balanced drink experience.

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