It’s almost the weekend, and its almost the weekend before Halloween so you know what that means. I’ll be sipping this concoction from the comfort of my home and avoiding all of the ‘adults’ out and about partying this weekend. But if you’re hosting a shin-dig or looking to celebrate with some boo-ze try this cocktail! It’s super simple and so good and doesn’t have to be enjoyed just around Halloween.
Black Widow Cocktail
3 pints of blackberries
1/2 cup water
1//4 cup sugar
Extra blackberries for garnish
Begin by placing the blackberries and water in a blender. Blend well and strain. Add the blackberry juice and sugar and bring to a simmer. Cook until the sugar dissolves. For each drink, combine 6 ounces of blackberry syrup, 2 ounces of vodka, and ice in a glass. Stir well. Garnish with fresh berries.
You could get even spookier by adding a cube of dry ice to the glass before serving! So sinister! Note that if you are using dry ice to take the proper precautions. As always, have a safe and spooky Halloween!
Trust me, I know this sounds weird but it’s an excellent combination. The cucumber lends a fresh lightness to the blackberry and the gin just kicks it up a notch. There are a couple ways you can play this. The first time I made this drink, I sliced the cucumber thinly and added it to the glass that already had a couple blackberries muddled. Then I added the gin and topped it off with bubbly. If you are making this for a crowd, try the recipe below!
As you all know, the bubbly pictured above is one of my go tos, and it’s easy on the wallet. French 75’s are one of my very favorite drinks. Traditionally, it contains gin, simple syrup, lemon, and bubbly. Gin has that herbaceous quality that lends itself well to this version.
Cucumber-Blackberry French 75
1 pint blackberries
1/2 cup simple syrup
1 english cucumber
1 lemon, zested
bubbly (prosecco or champange)
Combine the blackberries, lemon zest, and simple syrup in a blender, saving a few for garnish. Strain well and reserve. Using a peeler, peel the cucumber into strips or slice thinly on a bias. Pour a tablespoon of blackberry-simple syrup into each glass. Add the cucumber garnish to the bottom of each glass. Add 1 ounce of gin and top with bubbly. Be careful not to pour too quickly because the bubbly will bubble more than usual because of the blackberry and cucumber. Also, it will help the bubbly to float, making an appealing look in the glass.