Black Ink Martini

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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.

Black Ink Martini

Sweet, Savory


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


Step one

Excluding the garnish, add all ingredients to a shaker filled ice and shake.

Step two

Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Step three

Garnish with a sprig of fresh oregano.

Contributed by Stamatis Dimakis