Black & Thorn Sour

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This is a non-traditional sour cocktail using the hero of Southern Comfort Black, bolstered by a bittered pomegranate grenadine and a tannic infusion of Hayman’s Sloe Gin.

A quick and easy cocktail, but very complex and quaffable.


Southern Comfort Black
Strawberry Gum-infused Hayman's Sloe Gin
Bitter Grenadine
Lemon Juice
3 drops
Bittermen's Hellfire Habanero Shrub

How to

Step 1

Hard shake all ingredients

Step 2

Strain into Poco Grande glass over ice

Step 3

Garnish and serve

Alcohol Type:
Whisky Liqueur
Glass Type:
Taste Profile:
Rich & Intense Flavour/Mouth-Feel

The Black & Thorn Sour is a non-traditional sour, stealing inspiration from my childhood penchant for pomegranate kleptomania. This was my entry into Southern Comfort’s 2018 Southern Showdown competition in Australia that got me all the way to the national finals in Brisbane. The Black & Thorn Sour tips its hat to the Blackthorn sour, incorporating both Southern Comfort Black and Hayman’s Sloe Gin into the mix. As a child, I used to steal pomegranates from a neighbour a few streets away, and he hated it so much he physically barred me from getting to the tree by replanting his rosebushes around the tree. While it didn’t work, and I still enjoyed every last pomegranate I could, it did leave a lingering stinging effect on my arms.

I consider this to be non-traditional because it uses two liqueurs and no foaming agent other than natural oils, tannin, and acid – no dairy, no eggs, no aquafaba, no powdered sugar. The textural components are extracted from a bitter grenadine, using pomegranate husks, and strawberry gum leaf-infused Hayman’s Sloe Gin. This allows a simple shake and strain – just once – to give an incredible mouthfeel and allows the acid, oils, sugar, and alcohol to interact delicately providing a complex, balanced flavour on the palate with a lingering, tannic finish.