Squid Ink Cocktails: Martintacles

The first drink in our Squid Ink Cocktails series for Halloween is the Martintacles.

Squid Ink Martini

The Martintacles pays homage to the star ingredient, squid ink which adds a distinct briny character to the cocktail along with viscosity. The vodka-based drink is a Dirty Martini gone goth with caper berry brine and squid ink. A little dry vermouth gives it roundness. We prefer our Martinis stirred but this one is shaken with ice to ensure the squid ink is fully incorporated into the drink.

The squid ink Martini is served with whole caper berries and pickled squid tentacles on the side.

Martintacles: Squid Ink Martini Recipe


  • 60 ml vodka
  • 10 ml dry vermouth
  • 1 bar spoon caper berry brine
  • ½ bar spoon of squid ink

Glassware: Martini glass
Garnish: squid tentacles, whole caper berries with stem attached

In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, caper berry juice, squid ink, ice and shake until cold. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with squid tentacles pegged to the glass. Serve with a side of squid and whole caper berries.

Other cocktails in the Squid Ink Cocktails series: Corpse Reviver No. 666, Black Moon Rising

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Squid Ink Cocktails: Martintacles was last modified: October 27th, 2016 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.