Even over a thirty year span, Hiram Walker is still living in sin.
Now, that’s not normally a way I would talk about a brand I actively work with, but in this case I think the statement holds true.
Check out this ad circa 1978 that the Vintage Booze crew recently posted to their fantastic site. The ad is promoting a recipe, the Black Angel, using Hiram Walker’s highly desirable Blackberry Brandy. But, the way I see it, the gist of the ad is all about walking that fine line between naughty and nice.
Ironically enough, Hiram Walker recently released a new 90-proof cinnamon schnapps, aptly called Original Cinn. Yeah, you see the play on words here: cinn, sin.
But for me, the Cinn is not so much a sin, but rather, is a virtue to enhance the options for a cinnamon-flavored schnapps. It is not hot and spicy like many others on the market; instead, it boasts a subtle aroma of cinnamon, caramel, and vanilla that finishes sweet and smooth.
While I have plenty more Original Cinn recipes in the queue, let’s for today stick with the sinfully simple recipe for the Black Angel, a la 1978.
1 ½ parts Hiram Walker Blackberry Brandy
1 lime, juiced
Splash of Club Soda
Pour the Blackberry Brandy and lime juice into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a lime wedge.
Just like a bottle of fine wine, the Black Angel recipe seem only better with age.