September 27, 2005

Black Vodka? Why Were We Not Informed?

Black Vodka Seasonal RecipesJust in time for Halloween cocktails (and maybe some pre-Halloween drink tasting), we've discoved Blavod, the world's only black vodka...that we know of. If you're like us, you're asking just what's in Blavod that turns it such a distinctive color. We're glad you asked.

According to the Blavod site, the inky color is given to the vodka using a dye called Black Catechu, made from resin in the heartwood of the Acacia Catechu tree found in India and Burma. Black Catechu has been used as a dye for centuries, and gives the black vodka its ebony hue without affecting its odor or palate.

That all sounds good to us, but the thing that really bothers us is that we're just discovering it now. Just think of all the missed Halloween party cocktail opportunities, the truly spooky drinks we could have created, leaves us seeing red. Speaking of black vodka drink recipes, click the image to the right for some sable cocktail concoctions, and go to the Blavod Black Vodka site to find more Halloween drink ideas.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 27, 2005 7:01 PM


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Drunk a 70cl bottle of this the other night, it gives you a strange sort of drunk feeling. Kinda like you know you are drunk, but not? One hell of a hangover tho. Also my turds where camo paint green for 3 days!!!!

Posted by: IDOL at December 20, 2006 11:33 PM

...another little-mentioned aspect of 'BlaVod' is that it turns your stools green. not those stools, but the ones you really don't want to be green...

Posted by: dave at March 8, 2006 4:53 PM

You want a special vodka for Halloween? Remember, you can't have Halloween without Orange!

- Crafted in the USA and it tastes great too.


Posted by: Orange at September 29, 2005 11:07 PM

We've seen a few drinks we're interested in trying, including the Black Widow (Blavod and cranberry). We also found a list of recipes, plus tips on floating the vodka on top of the mixer to get the look, at

Posted by: Liquor Snob at September 28, 2005 2:42 PM

Martha Stewart used this for some clever drinks in last years Halloween issue, I kid you not. "Ghost in the graveyard" was something along the lines of vodka and sprite with a floating scoop of ice cream.

Posted by: Olivia at September 28, 2005 2:27 PM

We're not sure about the tooth-dying properties of Blavod, but we'll make sure to have the Liquor Snob interns take the first sip so we can point and laugh if their teeth are blacked out.

As for the taste, we'll be getting a bottle soon for review. We were curious about what would happen if we put it through the liquor filter anyway...will filtering take away the color and turn it into gray vodka?

Only time, and strenuous testing, will tell.

Posted by: Liquor Snob at September 28, 2005 1:48 PM

you might want to run it through your kangaroo filter thing, b/c this stuff tastes like some bottom barrel stuff. my impression was that their mid-level price covered the cost of adding this stupid dye. ya might as well just use food coloring with some actually decent vodka.

Posted by: james at September 28, 2005 1:26 PM

Not to mention, does it dye your teeth? 'Cause if it does, you can get drunk and do a really good hobo impression at the same time!

Posted by: Christy at September 27, 2005 8:27 PM
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