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Step-by-step instructions for making a Blackbird bartender's cod milt cocktail 

Blackbird bartender Mary Rose Braun makes the most of a male fish's sperm sac in her pisco-based drink.
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Cod milt, the male fish's sperm sac, is available frozen at Asian groceries like Chicago's Joong Boo Market.
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It's a Japanese delicacy.
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Braun's components: aged rum, stout, fresh lemon juice, pisco, cod milt puree, orange bitters; (front) rum-soaked boba pearls, thawed cod milt
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Pour some stout syrup (milk or cream stout cooked down with a bit of sugar until thickened) into the bottom of a cocktail coupe.
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Pour a quarter ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice into the tin of a shaker.
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Add a half ounce of the milt puree (milt pureed with its juices and strained).
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Add an ounce and a half of pisco.
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A quarter ounce of simple syrup
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And a dash of orange bitters
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Shake with ice.
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Strain over the stout syrup, pouring slowly so that the liquid forms a layer on top.
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Mary Rose Braun
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Cod milt, the male fish's sperm sac, is available frozen at Asian groceries like Chicago's Joong Boo Market.
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