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Spooky Halloween Spirits

Martha Stewart Living, October 2003


Just for grown-up goblins: Serve up a little black magic -- in the form of cocktails made with vodka that's as dark as night.

Ghost in the Graveyard
Serves 1
2 ounces black vodka
2 ounces creme de cacao or coffee-flavored liqueur
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
Pinch of finely grated nutmeg, for garnish

In a glass, combine vodka and creme de cacao, and set aside. Place a scoop of ice cream in a highball glass, and slowly pour vodka mixture over ice cream. Garnish with nutmeg; serve immediately.

Screwed-Up Screwdriver
Serves 1
1/4 cup ice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed tangerine juice
1 1/2 ounces black vodka
1 black licorice twist, for serving

Place ice in a tall glass. Pour juice into glass. Pour vodka over the back of a cocktail spoon into glass so it sits on top of juice and creates a layer of black. Slice 1/4 inch off each end of licorice, and use as a straw. Serve immediately.

Berry Scary Martini
Serves 1
1 cup ice
1 ounce black vodka
2 ounces cherry juice
Fresh raspberries and blueberries, for garnish

Combine ice, vodka, and cherry juice in a cocktail shaker; shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass. Thread raspberries and blueberries onto a cocktail skewer, and place in drink. Serve immediately.

Comments (23)

  • rebeccaw 31 Oct, 2013

    Hi there I was thinking about making these for halloween but haven't been able to get the Blavod black vodka! If I used normal vodka and added black food colouring to make it black do you think it will have the same effect????

  • jacsmama 17 Oct, 2013

    Every single Halloween Blavod vodka is a big hit!!! Thanks for the great drink recipes. Yes I have put black paste food colouring in mineral water for non-alcohol drinks & it has worked out just fine.

  • podgen 28 Oct, 2009

    Found the Blavod! Now wondering what Martha means by/where to find cherry juice?

  • shelisca 23 Oct, 2009

    I live in CT and found it at my local liquor store.

  • podgen 17 Oct, 2009

    Blavod.com does not ship outside the UK. Anyone else find another source on line? One other site was out. Thank you!

  • bunnymom1206 12 Oct, 2009

    It's actually called Blavod. Blavod.com I believe, but you can google it.

  • ShellyTop 31 Oct, 2008

    Where did you find the bladov online?

  • BakerGal08 29 Oct, 2008

    For anyone who is wondering, the black vodka is called Bladov. I had trouble finding it in a store, but no trouble at all finding it online! It's awesome!!!

  • kathas9lives 25 Oct, 2008

    Black vodka has been discontinued in my state. it is sad because these drinks would be perfect for my party! :(

  • amandy 24 Oct, 2008

    Black food coloring in the vodka might dye the mouths of your guests funky colors. Maybe try it on yourself first? You can usually get black food coloring in the cake decorating section of your local craft store.

  • mammomama 26 Sep, 2008

    Could you use black food coloring to dye the vodka?

  • WendyFischer 24 Sep, 2008

    Your local liquor store will be happy to special order the Bladvok if they do not have it in stock I did. I served this when I had company and it was a big hit, definately a specialty item.

  • marissabaca 24 Sep, 2008

    i do not drink but im wondering if there is a way to make drinks like these with soda???

  • ruthannwachsmuth 22 Sep, 2008

    Blavod is the most common one in the US. Check with your local liquor/package/state store

  • KimberlyAA 22 Sep, 2008

    But where do you get "black vodka?"

  • thegoodone 22 Sep, 2008

    These are great ideas! I can't wait to see my friends faces when I serve these!

  • thegoodone 22 Sep, 2008

    These are great ideas! I can't wait to see my friends faces when I serve these!

  • thegoodone 22 Sep, 2008

    These are great ideas! I can't wait to see my friends faces when I serve these!

  • CMfamily 22 Sep, 2008

    I Love the looks of this spooky drink! Any ideas on a child friendly version?

  • CMfamily 22 Sep, 2008

    I Love the looks of this spooky drink! Any ideas on a child friendly version?

  • mslo_marcie 18 Sep, 2008

    I love this Vodka for parties - we have used it again this year in a story called "Night Visions" (October 08) - It was briefly unavailable but is has new distribution and we have been told it will be available this Halloween. The brand that we use is Blavod and the website is Heartlandspirits.com.

  • mslo_marcie 18 Sep, 2008

    I love this Vodka for parties - we have used it again this year in a story called "Night Visions" (October 08) - It was briefly unavailable but is has new distribution and we have been told it will be available this Halloween. The brand that we use is Blavod and the website is Heartlandspirits.com.

  • droll 31 Mar, 2008

    The black vodka is hard to find, expensive and taste okay.