Toil & trouble comes from beverage director Brandi Carter of Elvie’s in Jackson, Mississippi. “Toil & Trouble came about as a collaborative effort of the Elvie’s bar staff. I wanted to incorporate Hoodoo chicory liqueur—a local product from Cathead in Jackson—on our witchy themed October menu. The liqueur’s dark color tied in both with our spooky aspirations, and a previous concept for a glittery black cocktail. Fellow bartenders suggested scotch in this Manhattan riff, to imply a smoking cauldron, and the toasted black sesame infusion to further deepen the color, as well as lend a subtle nuttiness to the drink profile.”
1½ ounces black sesame-infused scotch (Glenmorangie single malt or Tomatin)
½ ounce Cocchi Storico sweet vermouth
½ ounce Hoodoo chicory liqueur
2 dashes blood orange bitters
¼ ounce Laphroaig
Garnish: Amethyst and Black Onyx Fancy Sprinkles edible glitter
- Add black sesame scotch, vermouth, Hoodoo, and bitters to a cocktail tin.
- Add Laphroaig to a nick and nora or coupe glass, and swirl to coat the inside, discarding any excess.
- Fill cocktail tin with ice and stir approximately 20 to 25 times to dilute.
- Sprinkle a pinch of each glitter color in bottom of glass, strain cocktail into glass, and enjoy!
Recipe FromBrandi Carter of Elvie's in Jackson, Mississippi