Black Martini: 2 Easy Recipes for a Dark Cocktail

Black Martini
Black as night, the Black Martini is a great drink for any dark occasion. Lisa Romerein / The Image Bank / Getty Images
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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The Black Martini is a great cocktail for a Halloween party or any occasion when an easy, dark drink is in order.

As one may imagine, there are a number of recipes for a 'black martini' out there. I've included two on this page. The first has become the more popular of the two and, in my opinion, the better option. The orange liqueur complements the vodka-raspberry mix and if you try the second recipe, I think that you will agree.

The second recipe listed  calls for either gin or vodka with either blackberry brandy or black raspberry liqueur and is the recipe that one reader commented on with the suggestion of skipping the brandy. In all honesty, I have to agree and would recommend Chambord in either recipe.

There is yet another way to get a 'black martini' and that would be to make a Vodka Martini with Blavod, a black colored vodka. If finding this black vodka proves difficult or you want to color your favorite clear vodka, you can add food coloring using this formula: How to Make Black Vodka.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Another Black Martini Recipe

  • 3 ounces gin or vodka
  • 1/2 ounce blackberry brandy or black raspberry liqueur
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Prepare as above.

How Strong are the Black Martinis?

It shouldn't be a surprise that a cocktail made entirely of liquor is not a light drink. Many martinis follow this logic and the Black Martini is no exception.

To estimate their alcohol content, let's assume we pour an 80-proof vodka, Chambord and a 30-proof curacao into our drinks. In this case, they would weigh in around:

  • Black Martini with curacao: 25% ABV (50 proof)
  • Black Martini with Chambord alone: 32% ABV (64 proof)