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Cocktail of the Week: The Syndicate

Sure, a glass of wine or a beer is a nice way to unwind – but every now and then you deserve a happy hour that’s a little more...hmmm. What’s the word? Refined! Kelly Sparks of Queen Bee Mixology is graciously sharing a new cocktail with us every week, just in time for Happy Hour. Queen Bee is raising the bar for cocktails made at home with recipes that are both easy – and delicious! Want more? Connect with Queen Bee Mixology on social media for extra recipes and behind-the-scenes content.

The Syndicate, or the Black Manhattan, is a twisted take on a classic cocktail that definitely deserves to be tried on your next night out. Its sultry red color absolutely glows in a glass and it tastes exactly how you'd expect; strong, dark, and handsome.


  • 2 oz. Gin
  • 1oz Campari
  • 1 oz Amaro Averna
  • Black Walnut Bitters
  • Ice ( ice ball optional)


  • Step 1: Combine Ingredients in Mixing Glass: Add 2 oz Gin, Add 1 oz Campari. Add 1 oz Amaro Averna, Add 3 dashes Black Walnut Bitters, Add ice to mixing glass, Stir
  • Step 2: Add large ice cube or ball to high ball glass, Strain contents into serving glass