Dark Wings and Rob Roy


S: So I think after this week… I’m going to stop buying new booze for a bit. My wallet’s crying lots. BUT on the more optimistic side, yay pretty much having enough variety to make tons of mixed drinks.

I’m also trying a new thing for these posts… video! Let me know your thoughts.

I was craving a drink with ginger beer this week, so I chose the Dark Wings. It also involves using blackberry liqueur, which I’ve never seen before, and almost didn’t see it at the liquor store. If you ever want to grab it, find it in your Vintages section (The hubster thought that due to it being in Vintage, it would be expensive. Thankfully, I can say that it is normal pricing, and I did not have a mini heart attack purchasing it).It’s a tequila drink… [D: ew tequila] which isn’t usually my go to, but scroll down to the bottom for my verdict on this drink.

D: I figured: Manhattan good. Scotch Manhattan probably also good. Plus, we always have scotch around, because it’s scotch. So it’s worth a shot to see how it might be if one is in a pinch. Sure would be a waste of good single malt, but may as well try with something cheap.

HER DRINK: [Dark Wings]


  • 1 part silver tequila
  • 1 part blackberry liqueur
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 2 parts ginger beer
  • 1 handful blackberries (garnish)

Needed items:

  • Highball glass
  1. Add the tequila, blackberry liqueur, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well.
  2. Straing the resulting mixture into a Highball glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with a handful of blackberries and enjoy!

Variation: If you don’t have blackberries on hand, other garnish options include a lime wedge, a cherry, or a slice of kiwi–or all three.

HIS DRINK: [Rob Roy]


  • 2oz Scotch whiskey
  • 1oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 drops bitters
  • 1 maraschino cherry (or two)

Needed items:

  • Cocktail glass
  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice and add the liquid ingredients together. Stir gently to avoid clouding the drink.
  2. Add a maraschino (or two) cherry to your Cocktail glass and strain the resulting mixture over it. Enjoy!


Dark Wings:

S: I’m not entirely sure why it’s called ‘dark’, when the drink itself isn’t really that dark whatsoever. But lets get to the actual drink: I understand why people enjoy tequila… as long as it’s silver tequila. It’s a total 180 from cheap shot tequilas. If I ever see anyone doing shots with silver tequila, I shall assume they’re either 1) Stupid, or 2) really, really, like really, rich.

I enjoyed the drink a lot. There was a bit of a bite from the ginger beer, and the mix of the blackberry liqueur with the tequila is spot on. It’s a refreshing drink, especially when it was a surprise warm/hot October day when we made the drinks.

D: Legitimately quite good. Mostly, I’m just surprised how different Silver Patron is from, say, Cuervo gold. Not even the same drink. I would:

  • drink silver patron straight by choice
  • a very good mixed drink, if only because it doesn’t taste like disgusting tequila

Rob Roy:

D: Yep, it’s a Manhattan with scotch. I think I prefer a standard Manhattan, the smokiness of a scotch (even a cheap blended scotch) is kind of weird with the sweetness. Good though, I’d drink it in a pinch.