I went to a wedding recently where the bride’s colors were black and red. For cocktails, they had a vodka-cran made with a black vodka called Blavod. I’d normally be way skeptical of a weird-looking product like this inky spirit. But it was pleasantly tasteless, same as normal vodka, and made a very eye-catching drink. It’s a good novelty product, as Chowhounds have discovered. I would consider serving it at my next party, just to be different.

Blavod Vodka, $26.99

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