African American culture has a rich history when it comes to spirits — and we’re speaking about alcohol here. From the until recently untold story of Uncle Nearest, the man who taught Jack Daniel how to distill whiskey, to Saint Liberty Whiskey that celebrates African American Bertie (Berdie) Brown, a legendary female bootlegger, who in 1898 moved to Montana on her own to set up shop. We’ve been at this for a minute.
This history has laid the foundation for black-owned upstarts such as Ten to One Rum, Detroit native Dennis McKinley’s NYAK, and Michigan-based Anteel Tequila.
Join us as we celebrate black spirits with the BLAC Happy Hour. Learn how to make your favorite drinks
while discovering new black-owned spirits to enjoy. In the words of Perfect10 Mixology’s Jennifer Peeples, Cheers!
- 2 oz Anteel Reposado tequila
- 3/4 oz Cointreau
- 1/2 oz Lime juice
- 1/4 oz Simple syrup
- 1 oz Pineapple juice
- 1 Jalapeno slice (remove seeds for less heat)
- 2 oz Red wine
- Chili-lime seasoning for rim
- Jalapeno slices and lime wheel for garnish
- If desired, rub lime on the rim of the glass and dip into the chili-lime seasoning. Set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle jalapeno slice with lime juice and simple syrup.
- Add remaining ingredients (except wine) and ice, and shake well.
- Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and, using the back of the spoon, layer red wine to create a float. Garnish.
Island Spring Fling
- 2 oz 2 oz IslandJon vodka
- 1 oz 1 oz Guava Nectar
- 1/2 oz Lemon juice
- 1/2 oz Simple syrup
- 1 Butterfly pea flower tea
- In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients (except the tea) with ice and shake.
- Strain into a coupe glass.
- Using the back of a spoon, layer the tea on top and garnish with butterfly pea flower petals.
Recipes courtesy of Jennifer Peeples, Perfect10 Mixology
Black Spirits partnership with Lazar Favors