The Man in Black

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Seeing as You & Yours is located just a short walk from the convention center, each year we get (perhaps a little too) excited to create a specialty cocktail in hopes of luring some Comic Con fans into our bright and airy East Village lair. We’re particularly pleased with ourselves over the cocktail we’ve come up with this year, so much so I just had to share!

A handful of us (chiefly, myself lol) here at Y&Y are big Westworld fans, and thus I originally had the idea to create a creamy, opaque white confection (coconut milk? egg white?) and name it after “cortical fluid,” the liquid substance injected into the hosts (namely, poor Bernard) to preserve their functionality. After a bit of deep dive in to Westworld minutia, it turns out cortical fluid is not white; The material the hosts are created from is white. Knowing full well the Comic Con set would call us out on this factual error faster than you can figure out the plot in any given episode, we decided to switch gears.

If you’ve taken a peek at our new summer cocktail menu, you’ve seen we’re featuring a cocktail incorporating activated charcoal, the Basically Vitamins. The ebony powder creates a stunning deep grey-green color once poured over ice, and can transform to a hue as black as night the more shakes are added. Light bulb: The Man in Black! This gorgeous cocktail inspired by the show’s creepiest antagonist is only improved by an “up, on the rocks” presentation… By PURE chance, the ice sphere floating in the couple hints at the spherical core processing unit hidden within each hosts’ “brain.” Does it get get any nerdier? Shake yourself up one of these and find out.

The Man in Black.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Provisional barrel-rested Gin
  • 1 good shake (or ~1/8 tsp) activated charcoal, powder form
  • .5 oz orange cordial (equal parts sugar and fresh orange juice, simmered over low heat until dissolved)
  • 3 dashes Aztec (chocolate) bitters
  • 3 dashes orange bitters

Directions: Shake all ingredients with ice, double strain into a coupe over a large format ice sphere. Garnish with an orange twist.

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