Fresh cocktail with Amaro

Black Oleander

Here is the interpretation of the girly drink by Sandy de Almeida from Toronto. Black Oleander is a fresh cocktail featuring romeo’s gin X, and Averna amaro amongst other delicious ingredients.

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THIS COCKTAIL IS:

“My inspiration for this cocktail was born of this idea of what “girly drinks” generally mean to the people who use the term. I wanted to change that perspective. The #pinkbutnotwhatyouthink idea to me personally meant that I wanted my cocktail to be black without the addition of a superficial material like charcoal. Basing a cocktail around an aesthetic idea can be challenging. Finding that balance of being true to the colour I wanted, yet still maintaining the fruity and herbal nuances of the romeo’s gin X. I think you’ll find that this balance is harmonious with my two purposes. It’s a fresh, crisp, refreshing cocktail that is dark, but hold it up to the light and you can see the inner pink shine.”   –Sandy de Almeida

Duality, protest, non-conformism, all symbols at the heart of the Quebec artist Miss Me’s work, but also very present in the co-creation between her and romeo’s gin: romeo’s gin X, the anti-pink gin. For the International Women’s Day, we want to highlight 10 amazing Canadian women bartenders for whom these concepts are commonplace. They are showing us their vision of  the #girlydrinks through meaningful, creative and decadent cocktails, that can be enjoyed by both men and women. They also share their stories as women in the industry, without censorship. Pink but not what you think. For all the recipes and the interview, click here.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz of romeo’s gin X
  • ¾  oz of Averna amaro
  • ½ oz of fino sherry
  • 1 bar spoon of Galliano 
  • 1 slice of fresh cucumber 
  • Garnish: 2 slices of fresh cucumber

Accessories

  • Old Fashioned glass
  • Mixing glass
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Bar spoon
  • Large ice cube

Preparation

  • Mix all ingredients with a slice of cucumber over ice in a mixing glass.
  • Stir for 15-20 seconds. 
  • Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over a large cube of ice. 
  • Garnish with 2 thin slices of cucumber (optional).

Meet Sandy de Almeida, a bartender from Toronto. Her cocktail creation was conceived as part of romeo's gin X 2021 campaign for International Women's Day.

Sandy de Almeida

Meet Sandy de Almeida, a bartender from Toronto. Her cocktail was conceived as part of romeo’s gin X 2021 campaign for International Women’s Day.

The watermelon makes romeo’s gin X a fruity pink gin, perfectly balanced and deliciously refreshing.

romeo’s gin x

The watermelon distillate makes romeo’s gin X a fruity gin, perfectly balanced and deliciously refreshing. A collaboration between romeo’s gin and artist Miss Me.