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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 licorice flavours.

 

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.

 

Black Martini

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.

 

Black Widow

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.

 

October Screwdriver

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.

 

Black Jack

Do shots of Znaps Black Jack straight up -- that’s what it’s made for!

 

The controversy

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.

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