The Black Orchid

Now, I’ve mentioned more than once that my tastes tend toward the simpler side of the cocktail – usually my drink of choice is Maker’s Mark, neat. However recently, since I started indulging in Tuesday evening trips to Scarlet, I’ve began, once again, to try out different libations. I say “once again” because I had only ever drank fruity, candy-coated cocktails in my younger years.

I’m not saying that I’m going to completely disregard my favorite bourbon from this point forward – this would never happen. But, I am quite a fan of Scarlet’s Tuesday night happy hour specials. They’re great for a few reasons:

1. I get to try new things I never would try under any other circumstances
2. They’re easy on the wallet
3. It’s close to home, making it very easy to stay and enjoy the evening

The Black Orchid CocktailLast week, Margaret and I chose to imbibe in pitcher upon pitcher of Jaminade. This past Tuesday, Liz and I sauntered down and decided on trying each martini on the menu, before diving into a pitcher of sorts. My first martini, The Black Orchid, was my favorite of the night, by far. From my photo here, you can see that I couldn’t even wait to try it before snapping the camera.

I’m not exactly sure of the ingredient measurements for this martini, so try my guesstimate and, if it doesn’t taste quite right, play around a little.

The Black Orchid

1 oz Blavod Black Vodka
½ oz Chambord
Cranberry juice

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Give it a good shake until it’s chilled and mixed. Strain into a martini glass and enjoy.

If any of you are in the Buffalo area, why not give Scarlet a try on Tuesday nights? I’ll see you there!


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