Metal Cocktail of the Week, Powered by Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey: B-Side Tavern’s “Fade to Black”


You surely already know by now, but it bears repeating: live music venues and bars are in trouble. As some of the first businesses to close when the pandemic struck in full force, venues will be some of the last to reopen, and while bars in some places are faring marginally better, it’s incredibly difficult to pay bills and keep staff employed when it’s unsafe to allow in only a fraction of your normal capacity.

Lucky for you, drinking is recession-proof. To that end, to help out some of our favorite metal venues and bars around the country and bring visibility to this important issue, MetalSucks and Metal Injection have teamed up to on Metal Cocktail of the Week, a series which features one cocktail each week concocted by one of the venue or bar’s resident hesher mixologists. What’s more, we’ve partnered with Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey to present the entire series, which will consist solely of delicious beverages you can make with the most metal whiskey of all.

We’re also giving away some fun Blackened swag! Read on to find out more.

Today’s recipe comes from Portland, OR’s favorite rock and metal watering hole, B-Side Tavern (Facebook, Instagram). The bar’s whole staff, led by Charlotte, concocted this whiskey cocktail dubbed the “Fade to Black” that even includes ice cubes blackened with squid ink for that extra metal touch (no worries if you don’t have squid ink — regular ice cubes will do just fine). They describe the resulting adult beverage as “delicious and a bit chocolatey.” We’re intrigued!

The “Fade to Black”

Put on Ride The Lightning, grab your mixing glass and fill with (regular old) ice. Then add:

2 parts Blackened American Whiskey
1 part Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
1/2 part Fernet Branca
3 dashes black walnut bitters

Optional ice cube prep: 1:1 squid ink to water.

Stir until well mixed. Strain and pour over squid ink (or regular) ice cubes in rocks glass and watch it FADE TO BLACK. Enjoy!

Check back next Monday for another Metal Cocktail of the Week Powered by Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey. Previous entries in the series so far:

Elmyr’s “Master of Pickles
Saint Vitus Bar’s “Garage Daze
Grill ‘Em All’s “Whiskey Mosh Pit” BBQ sauce
GWARbar’s “Balzerac

As part of our partnership with Blackened on this series, we’re giving away a Blackened drum head and a Yeti Blackened-branded cooler (pictured below), everything you need to keep your drinks cold and your grooves hot. Sign up using the form here:

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