So you promised someone you’d sit through the freaking Oscars with them, huh? Yes, that does call for anesthetics. Luckily, France has your back.
At least, Lillet and Cointreau have both made some helpful suggestions for seeming like a patriotic Wakandan, toasting Black Panther with a couple of solid-Vibranium cocktail ideas while letting your Brainium off the hook for a few hours.
Oh, you’re welcome.
A cocktail fitting for a Wakandan warrior must be as dark as a panther, but tart and invigorating. The black currant of the lambic and raspberry flavors harmonize well with the fragrant basil leaf and aromatic Lillet blanc.?
1.5 oz. Lillet blanc
3 oz. Cassis Lambic
.5 oz. Chambord
Directions: Stir all ingredients over ice and strain into a coupe or cordial glass. Garnish with heart-shaped basil leaf.
1 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. mezcal
1 oz. fresh lime
.25 oz. fresh orange
3 blackberries (thawed frozen berries will work fine for muddling; it’s winter in this hemisphere)
Directions: Muddle blackberries in a shaker with Cointreau. Add remaining ingredients with ice. Shake and strain over ice into a rocks glass rimmed with smoked salt. The best smoked salt to use for the Wakanda Forever cocktail is the Frontier Co-Op brand Alder Smoked Salt from Whole Foods. It is black in color and excellent with the flavor of mezcal.