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It’s Tax Day. We need a drink.

Raise your glasses to each of us staying in the black on April 15. To celebrate (or help you forget the damages), check out our favorite drink recipes with ingredients inspired by our least favorite holiday.

This tax season, we’re hoping green is the new black. To that end, we’re making a toast to cash, our favorite shade of green, with onyx-hued cocktails. Our five heavy-hitters mix taste, presentation and mind-blowing effects, so you wake up on April 16 with a whole new frame of mind.

Go ahead, live large. Primp your Black Manhattan with 2 garnishes: cherries for taste and a twist for scent. That's value!

Go ahead, live large. Primp your Black Manhattan with 2 garnishes: cherries for taste and a twist for scent. That's value!

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  • 2 parts rum
  • 1 parts Creme di Cassis (or blackberry juice)
  • 1 part vanilla simple syrup
  • 1 part lime juice
  1. Shake over ice, strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a vanilla pod.

Black Manhattan

This one isn’t new but we sub this recipe in for a straight Manhattan whenever we’re feeling dark. We’re banking on these to get us through to May. The recipe basically calls for a Manhattan, exactly the way you like it, but replacing vermouth with Averna. We prefer ours in a 2 to 1 ratio of rye to vermouth so that’s the recipe we’re using.

  • 2 ounces Rittenhouse
  • 1 ounce Averna
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • Garnish with brandied cherry
  1. Stir over ice, strain into a martini glass or coupe and garnish.

Paris is Burning (and so is my wallet)

The traditional take on this recipe calls for Chambord, but we like it blacker.

  • 2 ounces cognac
  • 1/2 ounce Cassis (or can sub in equal parts freshly blended blackberries)
  1. Stir cognac and Cassis over low heat in a saucepan or if you’ve got a brandy warmer, use it now, then eBay it later to pay the tax man. Should be served warm to release the cognac flavors, but not hot. This means no microwave.

This Black Manhattan looks as dark and uninviting as your mood. When garnished with brandied cherries and your last roll of quarters, life begins to taste a little sweeter.

Fourth Regiment Black Out

Same thing as the Manhattan, just sub out the vermouth for Averna.

  • Equal parts rye and Averna
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • Dash celery bitters
  • Garnish with brandied cherry and orange peel
  1. Stir over ice, strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the cherry and orange peel.

Darker and Stormier

This twist on your traditional Dark ‘n’ Stormy replaces ginger beer with stout. The switch out makes you lose the ginger taste, but you can add a touch of flavor back through garnish.

  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 3 ounces stout
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Crystallized ginger as garnish
  1. Stir over ice, strain into a pilsner, pint glass or high ball.