Dark Side Cocktail Drink

Dark Side Cocktail

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Want to shake up your beverage routine? Give this Dark Side Cocktail recipe a go! It’s a thrilling, straightforward cocktail that’s loaded with distinctive ingredients.

Dark Side Cocktail Recipe

Elevate your cold evenings with the Dark Side Cocktail, a blend of gin, Barolo chinato, and Peychaud’s bitters, finished with a brandied cherry.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

182 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Gin
  • ¾ oz Barolo Chinato
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s aromatic bitters
  • Brandied cherry

Equipment

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Mixing Glass

Instructions

  • Fill your cocktail glass with ice cubes.
  • Add 3 dashes Peychaud’s aromatic bitters to a mixing glass.
  • Measure and pour ¾ oz Barolo Chinato.
  • Finish with 2½ oz Gin.
  • Fill your mixing glass with ice cubes.
  • Stir well with a bar spoon.
  • Strain the drink in your chilled coupe glass with no ice.
  • Garnish with a brandied cherry.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If gin is unavailable, vodka offers a cleaner profile, or for an exotic twist, try a light white rum. 
  • Barolo Chinato: Vermouth can be a lighter alternative, maintaining the herbal essence. 
  • Peychaud’s Bitters: For a different flavor, Angostura bitters can substitute, providing a classic bitter note. 

Making a Pitcher of Dark Side Cocktail:

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply ingredients: 20 oz gin, 6 oz Barolo Chinato, and 24 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters.
  • Mix: Combine the gin, Barolo Chinato, and Peychaud’s Bitters in a large pitcher with ice cubes and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into chilled Cocktail glasses, garnish with a brandied cherries, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Choose a non-alcoholic spirit that mimics the botanical flavor profile of gin. 
  • Barolo Chinato Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic herbal or grape-based aperitif to replicate its complex, wine-like qualities.
  • Peychaud’s Bitters Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bitters or a homemade bitters syrup that incorporates similar botanicals.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version 

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it does not contain any animal products. However, always check your ingredients' labels to ensure they meet your dietary requirements.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
182
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
2
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
0.1
g
0
%
Potassium
 
28
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.01
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
0.4
IU
0
%
Calcium
 
2
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Dark Side Cocktail Drink

Dark Side Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Elevate your cold evenings with the Dark Side Cocktail, a blend of gin, Barolo chinato, and Peychaud’s bitters, finished with a brandied cherry.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 182

Ingredients
 

  • oz Gin
  • ¾ oz Barolo Chinato
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s aromatic bitters
  • Brandied cherry

Equipment

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Mixing Glass

Instructions

  • Fill your cocktail glass with ice cubes.
  • Add 3 dashes Peychaud’s aromatic bitters to a mixing glass.
  • Measure and pour ¾ oz Barolo Chinato.
  • Finish with 2½ oz Gin.
  • Fill your mixing glass with ice cubes.
  • Stir well with a bar spoon.
  • Strain the drink in your chilled coupe glass with no ice.
  • Garnish with a brandied cherry.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If gin is unavailable, vodka offers a cleaner profile, or for an exotic twist, try a light white rum. 
  • Barolo Chinato: Vermouth can be a lighter alternative, maintaining the herbal essence. 
  • Peychaud’s Bitters: For a different flavor, Angostura bitters can substitute, providing a classic bitter note. 

Making a Pitcher of Dark Side Cocktail:

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply ingredients: 20 oz gin, 6 oz Barolo Chinato, and 24 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters.
  • Mix: Combine the gin, Barolo Chinato, and Peychaud’s Bitters in a large pitcher with ice cubes and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into chilled Cocktail glasses, garnish with a brandied cherries, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Choose a non-alcoholic spirit that mimics the botanical flavor profile of gin. 
  • Barolo Chinato Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic herbal or grape-based aperitif to replicate its complex, wine-like qualities.
  • Peychaud’s Bitters Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bitters or a homemade bitters syrup that incorporates similar botanicals.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version 

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it does not contain any animal products. However, always check your ingredients' labels to ensure they meet your dietary requirements.

What is a Dark Side Cocktail?

The Dark Side Cocktail is a cocktail using gin, Barolo Chinato, and Peychaud’s bitters. It’s elegantly garnished with a brandied cherry, adding a touch of sweetness. This drink combines ingredients in a mixing glass, stirring them with some ice cubes to chill and dilute the mixture, before serving in a chilled cocktail glass. It’s a distinctive cocktail that stands on its own with a balanced interplay of flavors.

A side shot of a Dark Side cocktail in a cocktail glass on a white coaster placed on a striped white cloth surrounded by a bar spoon, a cocktail shaker and plant leaves

What is a Dark Side Cocktail made of – The ingredients

Get these ingredients ready if you’re making a Dark Side Cocktail:

  • Gin: Serving as the primary spirit. 
  • Barolo Chinato: Adds a complex, herbal vermouth-like quality. 
  • Peychaud’s Bitters: Introduces a hint of floral and anise flavors. 
  • Brandied Cherry: Offers a garnish that contributes richness and a hint of sweetness.

Gin, Barolo Chinato, and Peychaud's Bitter laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Dark Side Cocktail?

With our transparent and concise steps, making a Dark Side Cocktail is a breeze:

1
<p>Begin by chilling a coupe glass.</p>

Begin by chilling a coupe glass.

2
<p>In the mixing glass, drop 3 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters for a layer of spice. </p>

In the mixing glass, drop 3 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters for a layer of spice. 

3
<p>Include ¾ ounces of Barolo chinato to infuse a complex, herbal note.</p>

Include ¾ ounces of Barolo chinato to infuse a complex, herbal note.

4
<p>Add 2½ ounces of gin for the cocktail's botanical foundation.</p>

Add 2½ ounces of gin for the cocktail's botanical foundation.

5
<p>Ice up the mixing glass.</p>

Ice up the mixing glass.

6
<p>Stir for about 30-40 seconds to chill and blend the ingredients together.</p>

Stir for about 30-40 seconds to chill and blend the ingredients together.

7
<p>Strain into your chilled coupe glass.</p>

Strain into your chilled coupe glass.

8
<p>Garnish with a brandied cherry to add a hint of sweetness and an elegant appearance.</p>

Garnish with a brandied cherry to add a hint of sweetness and an elegant appearance.

History and Origin

Adam Bernbach, a bartender from Washington, D.C., created the Dark Side cocktail at the now-shut Bar Pilar. This drink mixes gin with Barolo chinato, a special wine that tastes a bit like vermouth but with a bitter twist because of quinine bark, which is also in tonic water. Peychaud’s bitters add a final touch with a hint of anise flavor. This cocktail became known through Derek Brown’s book and was part of Bernbach’s Cocktail Sessions, where he’d mix up new takes on classic drinks. Over time, the Dark Side saw variations, sometimes using different types of gin or garnishes like lime twist and star anise pod, though some prefer a cherry. Each version keeps the drink’s deep, complex flavor, similar to the classic Martinez cocktail, showing off the creative drink culture in D.C.

A Dark Side cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a beige surface surrounded by Gin, Barolo Chinato, and Peychaud's Bitter

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Dark Side cocktail?
A Dark Side cocktail, given its ingredients, may contain approximately 200-250 calories, mainly due to the gin and Barolo chinato.
How strong is the Dark Side cocktail?
The alcohol by volume (ABV) of the Dark Side cocktail can be roughly estimated at around 30%, translating to 60 proof, depending on the gin's strength.
What alcohol is used in the Dark Side cocktail?
The Dark Side cocktail uses gin as its base spirit, complemented by Barolo chinato and a touch of Peychaud's bitters.
In which glass is the Dark Side cocktail served?
Typically, it’s served in a cocktail glass to enhance its rich flavors and aromatics.
What does the Dark Side cocktail taste like?
It offers a complex blend of botanical gin notes, the herbal depth of Barolo chinato, and the spicy undertones of Peychaud's bitters, rounded off with the sweetness of a brandied cherry.
What is the ratio of ingredients in the Dark Side cocktail?
The ratio is approximately 3:1 of gin to Barolo chinato, with a few dashes of bitters to taste.
How is the Dark Side cocktail served with ice?
It’s first chilled with ice then it is served in an elegant cocktail glass with no ice.

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