The Black Countess: A Black Vodka Martini

A black vodka martini potion for Halloween.

Each year I try to come up with something new to serve during our Halloween Trick O’ Treat get together (e.g. adults eat and drink while handing out candy).  So, earlier this week, I perused the liquor store shelves for some inspiration for this year’s Halloween cocktail.

I wanted something spooky and was drawn immediately to this Black vodka – Blavod.

I’d never heard of it and thought it would make an interesting Halloween martini.  Combine that with the find of Raspberry Sugar in a local spice store – The Spice & Tea Exchange – and some Chambord, and we have it: The Black Countess.

You can substitute this black vodka for regular vodka in any of your favorite martinis or try this one during your ghoulish festivities this year.

The Black Countess

(Makes two drinks)
2 oz Black Vodka (I used Blavod – Absolute also makes a black vodka)
1 oz Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
1 oz Triple Sec
2 1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice

Lime Wedge
Raspberry Sugar (or dark red, purple or black sugar sprinkles)

First, garnish the rim of the glass  with these three steps:

  • Pour a few spoonfuls of the Raspberry Sugar onto a small plate. I found that the sugar was too course to stick on the first try so I threw it in a mini food processor for a few seconds. You can always substitute with dark red, purple or black sugar sprinkles.
  • Rub the Lime Wedge along the rim of the martini glass.
  • Then roll the glass edge into the sugar until it sticks. (Save the leftover sugar for next time).

Then, measure out all the liquid martini ingredients and put them into your martini shaker with some ice.

Finally, shake and strain into garnished martini glass.

If you are having a party, you could always make mini versions in lowball glasses or shot glasses.

Enjoy and don’t let the vampires bite!

– Katherine

Katherine Montgomery

Katherine is a professional graphic designer and amateur mixologist. She has infinite patience and pays uncanny attention to the most minute details to make the world around her more beautiful. Whether ensuring that a picture frame is properly hung or making one of her delicious signature cocktails, rest assured that everything becomes just a bit (or a lot) prettier in Katherine’s hands. It is no surprise that she has a knack for planning great events like bridal showers and birthday parties, putting her in good company with the rest of the Live Pretty family. Katherine also has an excellent eye for interior design, a skill she is fine-tuning following the purchase of her first home.

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2 Responses to “The Black Countess: A Black Vodka Martini”

  1. Bonnie — October 29, 2012 @ 8:58 pm (#

    Katherine that looks delicious!!! Wish I could be there to try it with you. How does that black vodka taste straight? Is it flavored?
    Well done!


    • Katherine replied: — October 29th, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

      It tastes just like regular vodka but it is black instead of clear!

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