Saturday, October 26, 2013

Cheers to Halloween {Black Widow cocktail}


This Halloween cocktail seems a little more complicated than the “horny devil” cocktail I shared yesterday, but its presentation is sure spooktacular.

black widow

Personally I have never heard of black vodka, but I checked online, and it does exist. I just have not checked my local Rouse Supermarket to see if it is carried there. Black food coloring in regular vodka works too.

Black Widow

via Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate

5 oz black vodka such as Blavod (or vodka + black food coloring)
1/2 oz Pernod
Sugar Spiderweb (recipe at bottom)
Licorice Spider (recipe at bottom – or just use a gummy spider!)

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add black vodka and Pernod. Shake vigorously for 5 to 10 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with Sugar Spiderweb and Licorice Spider, if desired. (P.S. Check out another Black Widow Martini recipe with a black raspberry kick right here!)

Pernod is alcoholic and liquid. Pernod is the brand name of a type of liqueur called a pastis. Its relative in Greece is ouzo and in Spain ojen. Another French brand is Ricard. The leading characteristic of these drinks is their licorice flavor, which is produced either with licorice (the plant, not the candy) or anise. Its other interesting feature is that it clouds up with the addition of water.

black widow


Sugar Spiderweb Garnish

via Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate

1-1/4 cups sugar
1/3-cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water

Spray 2 large sheets of parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In a small heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water; cook over medium-high heat, occasionally brushing down sides with water to prevent crystallization. Continue until mixture reaches 320º on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat. Working quickly, drizzle caramel with a spoon onto prepared parchment paper, forming spiderwebs. Cool completely or until set. Using a small offset spatula, carefully remove web from parchment paper, and place on top of glass.

Cheers {Black Widow}, y’all!


  1. Oh my this is to pretty to drink. How fun and such a creative and clever idea. Thanks for the instructions. I would love to have you link up to my Inspire Me party that goes live Monday afternoon. Hugs, Marty

  2. Ron, This drink is too sweet and complicated for pass the martinis, please. . xoxo,Susie

  3. How festive! The presentation is amazing! However, I am not a fan of that licorice flavor, so I would have to pass up drinking this one.

  4. Isn't the black widow kind of dangerous? I don't think the real one has much on this drink! lol I love how it presents! You are TOOO much!

  5. They both look amazing..You're too creative..Guess one can't be "too creative".

  6. Wow, what a drink, although it does sound good. I like my vodka on the rocks, please with two olives. Yummmmmm

  7. That is one cool looking drink, but it would be much too complicated for me to do the garnishes. Baking is not my forte. Also, that is one expensive drink. Pernod is quite pricey. I have a few recipes that call for it, but I have never made them because of the price. Have a great evening and Sunday! xoxo

  8. I just knew you would come up with something funky. This is adorable but I agree with Marty, is is almost too pretty to drink...almost!
    Have fun, Ginger


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