This festive season, take your cocktail game to a whole new level by adding Black Cloud Bitters. Bitters are used to add flavour and aroma to cocktails and improve their depth and complexity. Made from infusing roots, barks, fruit peels, seeds, spices, herbs, flowers, and botanicals, bitters are infused in high-proof spirits. You’ll never look at cocktails the same way again!
Black Cloud is an artisanal bitters manufacturer located in Calgary, Alberta and owned by Rob Kaczanowski and Brandy Newman. Crazy about cocktails, these two spend long nights mixing drinks and ‘experimenting’ with flavours until they get the mixes just right. At the Black Cloud workshop, small batches are then handmade and tested to ensure the highest quality.
Black Cloud has the perfect recipe for a successful Christmas party: “Want to win friends and influence people? Throw a fancy cocktail party. Focus on three special drinks. Any more and it can get overwhelming. Trust us on this one. Get a few special bottles of spirits, a few different kinds of Black Cloud Bitters, big ice cube molds, cocktail spears and garnishes and your friends will think you’re the bomb.”
Here are some special Christmas Cocktail Recipes to get you in the holiday spirit:
A Cranberry Christmas
2 oz dark rum
splash of cranberry ginger ale
1/2 oz simple syrup
3 dashes of Black Cloud Prairie Rose bitters
Shake and pour over ice in a rocks glass.
Tip: Pop a cranberry into each block of your ice cube tray for a little festive flair.
The Gen Gin Fizz
2 oz. Gin
1 oz. Pomegranate Juice
.5 oz. Lemon Juice
Pomegranate Arils, for garnish
3 dashes of Black Cloud Garden Party bitters
Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with pomegranate arils.
Hot and Smoky Toddy
½ oz. Campari
½ oz. bourbon
1 oz. sweet vermouth
¾ oz. cinnamon simple syrup
3 dashes of Black Cloud Charred Cedar bitters
Rinse the glass out with boiling water to heat it. Add all ingredients and then top up with hot water. To make cinnamon simple syrup, bring 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 4 cinnamon sticks to the boil. Turn off heat and leave covered until cool. Use the cinnamon sticks for garnish.