Despite sounding like a Romanian sneeze, Blavod is actually a deep-black vodka from the UK. It’s colored with the extract of a Burmese tree called Black Catechu, which the company says does not affect the flavor. I’ve run across several reviews which say that the vodka actually has an “herby-medicinal aftertaste,” however, so you might take that into consideration when choosing a mixer.
Doesn’t matter. It’s pure black vodka. How can we not love it?
Obviously, the best way to show this off when serving as a mixed drink is to float the vodka so that it forms a separate layer.
- Figure out the density of each ingredient; the denser liquids go on the bottom (The Webtender has a specific gravity chart, if you need some help.)
- Pour the heaviest ingredient in the bottom of the glass.
- If you’re going to add ice, do it now. Putting it in later will destroy your layers.
- Place a teaspoon upside down close to the surface of the drink, with the edge of the spoon against the edge of the glass.
- Very slowly pour the next-heaviest ingredient over the back of the spoon, just letting it trickle in. Raise the spoon slowly if necessary.
- Repeat with each ingredient, ending with the least dense.
Incidentally, this is a lot easier to do if you use a plastic syringe instead of a teaspoon: Just suck up the necessary amount, place the tip of the syringe on the inside of the glass, and slowly push the plunger. You’ll want a needle with a fairly large bore; the syringes used for injecting marinades into meat work pretty well.
Here are a few easy recipes to get you started:
2 oz Blavod vodka
3 oz cranberry juice
Pour the cranberry juice into a highball glass filled with ice. Float the Blavod on top.
3 oz Blavod vodka
3 oz orange juice
Pour the orange juice into a collins glass filled with ice. Float the Blavod on top.
1 1/2 oz Blavod vodka
6 oz Bloody Mary mix
Pour the Bloody Mary mix into a hurricane glass filled with ice. Float the Blavod on top. Add jalepeno pickle for spicy taste
2-3 drops red chili oil (found in the Asian section of most supermarkets)
2 oz. pomegranate juice
1/2 oz. Alizé Red Passion
2 oz. Blavod Black Vodka
Drip the chili oil into the bottom of a chilled highball glass. Layer pomegranate juice, Alizé, and Blavod on top.
(This post was first published in July 2008; I’ll be doing a few days of “blast from the past” archive posts in a probably-vain effort to catch up with real life.)