What could be more chic than a black cocktail at a black and white party? We certainly can’t think of anything! This drink is basically an upgraded vodka cranberry, but it’s sure to satisfy even your most sophisticated guest. Let’s stir it up!

There are two ways to get your drink to look really black. First, use black vodka. We’d recommend Blavod, which you can order here, if your local liquor store doesn’t carry it. Or use black food coloring, which is more cost effective if you already have vodka.

Black Velvet Cocktail


– vodka or black vodka
black food coloring
– creme de cassis

– sparkling cranberry juice

– ice


1. Fill a rocks glass 2/3 full with ice.

2. Add one large measure of vodka to the glass. If using clear vodka, add one drop black food coloring.

3. Add one small measure creme de cassis, which is a black currant liqueur.

4. Top with sparkling cranberry juice, and stir.

Black Velvet Cocktail

Start by adding the vodka and food coloring to your ice-filled glass.

Black Velvet Cocktail

Next add the creme de cassis and sparkling cranberry juice. If you don’t have sparkling cranberry juice, you can use a mix of plain cranberry juice and seltzer.

Black Velvet Cocktail

Add a washi drink stirrer with either a black and white or metallic pattern for good measure.

Black Velvet Cocktail

And enjoy!

Black Velvet Cocktail

We clearly did!

Have you ever made a black cocktail? Tell us what you used in the comments!