Damned If You Do
1 oz. Black Velvet Canadian whisky
1/2 oz. DeKuyper Hot Damn cinnamon schnapps
Pour into shot glass. Enjoy !
Today we have a somewhat basic shot, although it does call for a brand of Canadian whisky that we have not yet tried in any recipe.
Black Velvet whisky is a Canadian brand owned by the Diageo people (who are linked to the Guiness label) up there. It is a “whisky mix” meaning that it is a blend of various whiskies and is known for having a pretty strong taste. It’s been on the market for about 60-65 years now and you may have to look around a little bit to score a bottle. One of the unique things about Black Velvet whisky is that they employ a Black Velvet Girl in their marketing and advertising. Former Black Velvet Girls include Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Kim Alexis, and Cybill Shepherd.
You should be able to get a bottle of Black Velvet somewhere in the $14–17 range. And if you want to do a legitimate Damned If You Do shot, you have to use Black Velvet. As a shot with only two ingredients, they are both vital to the originality of the shooter. So you don’t really want to substitute for either the Canadian whisky or the Hot Damn cinnamon schnapps. If you do, the taste may still resemble a Damned If You Do, but really you’d be drinking something entirely different (that likely has a name all its own).
This shot wasn’t bad. We’ve tasted a number of whiskey/cinnamon schnapps combinations such as in the Kick Me in the Jimmy shot (Jack Daniels and Firewater among other ingredients) and the Cowboy Up shooter (Crown Royal and Firewater among other ingredients). So in order to really stand out for us, the whisky component has to play a big role.
The Black Velvet Canadian whisky really held its own here. It was allowed to stand out whereas in the other shots mentioned, they were part of a four or even five ingredient recipe. But with the Damned If You Do shot, it’s just the whisky and the schnapps. And they did work pretty well together. Both ingredients were at room temp and the shooter is a bit “hot” going down. The cinnamon flavor reared its head more in the aftertaste rather than immediately on the tongue/palate.
And after our third round, you could feel the punch that this shot can deliver. It’s the type of shot where the more you throw down, your forehead starts to warm up and your cheeks can get a tad flushed. Which is a good thing……not a bad thing….a good thing ! The type of shot that keeps one warm in the winter.
ShareMyShot.com gives the Damned If You Do a 3 on a scale of 5. It is a good tasting shooter. Then again, it only has two ingredients with those being a somewhat simple whisky/schnapps combo. So we had to deduct a point for limited creativity. All-in-all, a rock solid 3 on our scale.
You may be Damned If You Do, but we do recommend it. Cuz you’re really damned if you don’t.