Because there are two primary types of black vodka on the market -- unflavoured brands
like Blavod and Fruko-Schulz and flavoured products like Eristoff and Znaps -- not
all of these drinks will work with just any black vodka. You should be able to substitute
unflavoured black vodka for regular vodka in a drink without any difficulty.
Things, however, can get a bit more complicated with the addition of wild berry or
Black vodka is very versatile and can turn any of your favourite vodka-based drinks
into a new experience. Be sure to experiment with any coloured mixers for a cool
twist on old favourites.
What’s cooler than a sleek black martini with just a splash of vermouth? You could
probably go with either flavoured or unflavoured brands here, but the classic martini
should be made with unflavoured.
This one’s a simple mix of black vodka and Red Bull (or cranberry juice if you prefer).
If made properly, the vodka will float on top of the energy drink or juice. So, while
it gets an A+ for appearances, you may want to stir this one up before taking a sip.
The Black Widow is great with flavoured or unflavoured black vodka.
Something bizarre and cool happens to Blavod when it’s mixed with orange juice --
you get a green drink. For more fun, chill your orange juice and layer the Blavod
on top for a dramatic two-tone effect. You’d be well-advised to stick with unflavoured
black vodka for this one.
Black & Blue
This one’s made by floating black vodka on top of Blue Curacao, but to really pull
it off well you need to make sure the Curacao is properly chilled. This drink is
uber-cool and hits like a truck.
Do shots of Znaps Black Jack straight up -- that’s what it’s made for!
Despite its growing popularity, some people will tell you that black vodka isn’t
actually vodka at all. In fact, domestic American spirits can only legally be called
vodka if they are without “distinctive character, aroma, taste, or colour,” and black
vodka clearly doesn’t fit this mould.
Luckily, other countries don’t have these standards, so it’s OK for Blavod, for example,
which is produced in the UK, to call its product vodka when it’s clearly not without
a distinctive colour.
All of which is to say that we may never see a bottle of domestically produced black
vodka in the U.S.
Vodka’s black sheep
Whether you choose to call it real vodka or not, the bottom line is that black vodka
is a cool new way for spicing up classic vodka drinks. Some bottles are even so good
that people like to drink them straight, but we don’t think that’s necessary -- we
love the cool effect you get from layering black vodka with other coloured mixers.