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Black Bush Cocktail

Black Bush Cocktail

I have to be honest here: unlike most of the drinks I come across and have in my bartender’s arsenal, I have no idea why this is called what it is called. Unless it is referencing some bit of shrubbery that got spray-painted black…and then dipped in bourbon whiskey and sloe gin or something…your guess is as good as mine. Actually, if anyone knows the history of the name of this cocktail, I’d be very interested to hear it, so let me know if you have the information!

Anyway, moving on to the recipe itself. This is a small, but powerful, drink that combines the warm, woodsy taste of bourbon whiskey and the compliment of sloe gin. The cherry adds a sweet little treat at the end. If this recipe is a little too strong for you, you can add a little bit of juice from an extra muddled cherry to sweeten it up a little and tame the strength of the spirits in the drink.

I tried one of these recently at the theatre and felt oh-so-swank while drinking it…and it certainly livened up the second act for me!



1/2 measure bourbon whiskey
1/2 measure sloe gin
4 to 6 ice cubes, cracked
Fresh cherry
Juice from a fresh, muddled cherry (optional)


1. Chill a cocktail glass by filling it with ice cubes and cold water.

2. Fill a mixing glass with the 4 to 6 cracked ice cubes.

3. Add the bourbon whiskey and sloe gin to the mixing glass and stir to combine. If desired, add the juice of one fresh, muddled cherry.

4. Empty the cocktail glass, then strain the drink from the mixing glass into it

5. Dress the drink with a fresh cherry and serve.