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Brandy • Sweet
Black Ink Martini

Maybe you’ve been bold enough to order black squid ink pasta, but throwing that briny ink into your cocktail shaker takes nerve. Bartender Stamatis Dimakis of Death Ave. Brewing Company in New York dared to do just that when he created a cocktail inspired by the bar’s macabre name. The result: an ebony take on a Martini made with salty squid ink, fruity grape brandy, sweet vermouth and agave nectar.

The Essentials

grape brandy
sweet vermouth
squid ink
The Details
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2.25 oz grape brandy
.75 oz sweet vermouth
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz agave
.25 oz squid ink
sprig of oregano


  • Excluding the garnish, add all ingredients to a shaker filled ice and shake.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a sprig of fresh oregano.