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Black Martini

Celebrate the night with this cocktail special, the Black Martini!

A fairly recent addition to the growing pantheon of mixed drinks, the Black Martini is a deliciously wicked variation of a Martini.  Instead of using vermouth, you add either blackberry brandy or chambord, a raspberry-flavored liqueur.  For extra darkness of night, several recipes suggest using Blavod, a black-colored vodka brand.

What you’ll need:  Vodka (or Gin) and Chambord (or Blackberry Brandy)

In a shaker over cracked ice, pour in 3 ounces of vodka (or gin) and add 1 ounce of chambord (or blackberry brandy).  Shake and then strain into a cockatil glass of choice.  A lemon twist is suggested for a garnish by some recipes, but I suggest vampire’s teeth, which would be perfect for Halloween.  Or just use a maraschino cherry or two.

How I like it:  I think the vodka is the better choice here, especially if you have Blavod.  Obviously, if you don’t have Blavod, the more Chambord you use, the darker your drink will be.  I suggest varying the recipe to 2 1/2 ounces of vodka and 1 1/2 of chambord.  I think it makes for a more balanced drink.

Enjoy with chocolate and drink responsibly!

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