It doesn't help that my husband's birthday is also on Halloween.
So when I wanted to create the "perfect" Halloween cocktail to serve at parties or October get-togethers, I knew it HAD to be dark, spooky, creepy, eerie, sinister, ghostly, (insert any other relevant synonym here).
And this black witches martini is what I came up with!
🧠 OH! And if you love spooky, creepy shots, try my Monkey Brains Shooter!
🍸 Spooky Halloween Martini
I love festive drinks just as much as the next person but often when drinks look cute or fun, they don't always taste good.
But today, we aren't compromising taste for the occasion.
This black martini was inspired by the ever popular cosmopolitan martini. The difference is that I added pomegranate juice and raspberry liqueur. This results in a slightly sweet, tart, fruity cocktail that hits the spot.
I used BLACK vodka to maintain the dark color. Read more below!
- Black Vodka - This will give your martini a deep dark spooky color. If you can't find Blavod black vodka, you can use regular clear vodka with food coloring.
- Cointreau - This is an orange-flavoured triple sec liqueur that is colorless but adds a citrus flavor.
- Pomegranate/Cranberry Juice - A mix of both juices gives your martini the best flavor.
- Lemon juice - Freshly squeezed lemon juice makes your cocktail a citrusy and tart.
- Chambord - This is naturally darker in color which is great plus the raspberry liqueur is delicious.
⚫ How To Get BLACK Vodka
You have two options here:
- Purchase black vodka: The only black vodka I know of is Blavod. It gets its BLACK color from the South East Asian herb Black Catechu, which is extracted from the bark of the Acacia tree. I love that the color is naturally extracted!
- Use food coloring: You can use your favorite kind of vodka and add 2-4 drops of BLACK food coloring to your cocktail shaker. This will turn your martini super dark so you still get the color we're going for.
Shaking Up Your Martini
This martini is as simple as adding ALL the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, and shaking vigorously for 10-20 second until chilled. Then strain into a chilled martini glass. That's it!
Make It In Advance!
You can make this in advance by pre-mixing your ingredients WITHOUT the ice. I suggest adding the mixture to a pitcher or LARGE cocktail shaker like this one. Then chill in the fridge until ready to serve then add some ice and shake it right up!
Check out this list of Halloween Shot Recipes!
🧊 Using Dry Ice
⚠️ Huge disclaimer ⚠️ Use dry ice at your own risk!!
Dry ice is very dangerous. If consumed in its SOLID form, it could burn your mouth/throat and cause frostbite (or worse).
Since dry ice is heavy and sinks to the bottom of cocktails, people feel comfortable drinking it while it's still 'smoking' however it's best to always wait until the dry ice has fully stopped smoking/bubbling before consuming!
I don't trust drunk guests so neither should you.
Another safer option is to add dry ice around a bowl/pitcher/serving tray with some cold water then add a SEPARATE bowl/pitcher or the drinks separately so you still get the creepy smoke effect without the dangers of the dry ice.
Check out more safety tips to using dry ice in your cocktails.
The alcohol content is the same as regular vodka at 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof).
Yes. Is it opaquely black? No. It is more transparent in that it looks watered down a bit but the color is definitely black.
Check out this list of spooky Halloween cocktails for adults an mocktails for kids!
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Spooky Black Vodka Witches Martini (w/ Chambord)
- ¾ ounce black vodka, or vodka dyed (*see note below)
- ¾ ounce Cointreau
- ½ ounce Chambord
- 1½ ounces cranberry pomegranate juice (*see note below)
- ½ ounce lemon
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 10 seconds.
- Strain into 4 ounce martini glass. Enjoy cold.