My parents have always loved to entertain guests, hosting everything from small dinner parties to sizable celebrations. When I was younger, I always used to marvel at the dazzling drinks my dad would make with his bar equipment. Back then, I had no idea how all the moving parts worked to make beautiful drinks appear. Now that I know what "shaken, not stirred" means, I can't wait to plan soireés of my own. This Black Dahlia drink is an ideal after-dinner treat that tastes as exotic and alluring as it sounds.
Here's what you'll need to mix this mysterious drink:
- Absolut vodka
- Fresh orange
Add a few ice cubes to your shaker and then add two shots of Absolut vodka. You can use a citrus vodka of your choice if you'd like a fruitier flavor, but a classic vodka will keep the integrity of this drink's other flavor notes. Add three-fourths of a shot of Kahlúa and three-fourths of a shot of Chambord to the shaker. Once those ingredients are added, shake the mixture until it's ice cold.
Use a peeler to create orange zest. Peeling along the curve of the orange will create an elegant garnish. Place the garnish in a martini glass and pour the chilled beverage through the shaker's strainer. Repeat the recipe for multiple servings. If you don't already own martini glasses, I found these ones pictured above at Pier 1 and placed them atop a wood serving platter from Target.
I love how the rich Kahlúa coffee flavors pair with the Chambord, a French raspberry liqueur. The bite of vodka reminds you that this drink is indeed for grown-ups. Being able to make the sort of spirits I used to watch my parents serve is pretty exciting. While I know the mystery behind making this mean martini, there's a magic to sharing a Black Dahlia in the presence of good company.