When the Beloved and I went to Chicago back in September, we had a fantastic meal at the restaurant Blackbird. In addition to the great food, the restaurant also had a fantastic cocktail selection.
In their menu, they listed the components for each drink, but not the proportions. So when I returned, one of my goals was to recreate the drink that I had that night: The Blackbird Orange.
I think I got it.
Mix together in a cocktail shaker with ice:
1 oz brandy (or cognac/armagnac)
½ oz gin
¾ oz Averna*
½ oz lemon juice
½ oz orange juice
Shake the hell out of it –this produces a wonderful foamy texture. Strain into a martini glass.
*Averna is a spiced liqueur from Italy that adds a complex “autumn-like” flavor to this drink. You can find it at well-stocked liquor stores (I found ours at BevMo).