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A taste of noir: Sipping a Black Dahlia

If you're a fan of Los Angeles-style noir books and films, if you've ever pondered the disappearance of Elizabeth Short, aka The Black Dahlia, if L.A. Confidential is one of your favorite movies, then be sure to read this story by Sam McManis, who will take you on a tour of noir spots in the City of Angels.

The Millennium Biltmore, where Elizabeth Short was last seen alive, has built on that little slice of noir notoriety by inventing The Black Dahlia cocktail, with citrus vodka, Chambord (a raspberry liqueur) and Kahlua. This evening, I mixed a Black Dahlia and took it out in the backyard to enjoy as the sun went down. The verdict? The sweetness of the Chambord dominates. 

Want to try it? Here's the recipe:

Black Dahlia

3 1/2 oz. citrus vodka
3/4 oz. Chambord raspberry liqueur
3/4 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail
Garnish: orange zest

Shake ingredients in a shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish.

From the Gallery Bar at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles