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Black Velvet Martini

With Saint Patrick's Day right around the corner, we wanted to pay our respects to Ireland by taking inspiration from the beloved tradition of Irish storytelling in one of its most popular forms. This year, the cocktails at Dancing Bears Restaurant are inspired by Irish traditional song and music. So make yourself a tasty beverage, sit back and enjoy a few of our favorite songs by some of our favorite artists.


If ever there was a dangerous cocktail it's got to be the martini and we took inspiration for ours from one of the most dangerous girls in traditional Irish music. Black Velvet Band is the story of a man smitten from the first by a girl with sparkling eyes and long hair she ties up with a black velvet ribbon. Soon after they meet he finds himself in over his head when she pickpockets a watch from a passer-by and frames our narrator for the theft for which he is found guilty and sent to Australia.

The aromatics of vanilla vodka, Kahlua and Guinness make our Black Velvet Martini similarly tempting and the ease at which you can drink it makes getting over your head a delightfully perilous adventure! Your martini-sipping soundtrack below is the Irish Rovers version of Black Velvet Band.

Black Velvet Band - Irish Rivers


1 ounce Absolut Vanilla Vodka
1 ounce Kahlua


  1. To a shaker and ice, vanilla vodka and Kahlua and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain the shaken mixture over a martini glass.
  3. Fill with Guinness to the top of the glass.

Created by Jamielynn Brydalski
Jamielynn Brydalski, Chief Cocktail Connoisseur

Hello Everyone,

You all know how much I love creating cocktails and hanging out with you at my bar! But did you also know that I have a huge passion for food and cooking? From my famous apple mash to alcoholic and non-alcoholic creations alike at Dancing Bears Restaurant and The Deck, I am always turning to Adirondack producers for inspiration for my seasonal creations. I hope you have as much fun with my amazing farm to bar and farm to table recipes as I had creating them.

Cheers and Bon Appetit,

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