A black glittered Halloween or Galaxy cocktail made with black vodka, orange juice, and cherry juice, Black Magic cocktail.
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Updated Sep 14, 2017: After some testing and suggestions, I've updated the cocktail recipe portions to fit a lower ABV. That way it's a drink that can be sipped longer on Halloween night. I've also clarified some details of the recipe that I've had numerous questions of. Thank you everyone for the suggestion!
When I was a kid, Halloween was my favorite time of year. There was something magical about that spooky night that put electricity into the air for me. Plus, candy, duh.
For me, Halloween wasn't about the scary things, it was about all the fun that came with the holiday. I loved making caramel apples, sherbert punches, and there were always crafts galore! Of course, as I've grown up, I've carried that same love of Halloween into adulthood. Except I get to have way more fun with it now.
Maybe it's from growing up with movies like Hocus Pocus, Harry Potter, and Practical Magic, but I am fascinated by witches. Not that I necessarily believe in them but the concept just entertains me. Since we learned that in the Harry Potter world, I'm a grade A potions master. It was time to take a stir into a little darker witch magic and trust me, you can't get much darker than this.
This Black Magic cocktail is a beautiful jet black ink cocktail with shimmering pearl dust swirling around in it. These photographs don't even do it justice. The cocktail is really just a play on a cherry martini. It's black vodka, the cherry juice from a maraschino cherry jar, fresh orange juice, real cherry juice and Wilton Pearl Dust (edit: 4/27/17, it's be asked what color Pearl Dust I used. I used white in this post, you can use silver as well, which you can find at the aff link here or at your local craft store in the cake decorating aisle -->). Pearl Dust is an edible shimmer and is what is going to give this cocktail that sparkle effect. (DO NOT USE CRAFT GLITTER) It's a tart and simi-potent cocktail that is perfect for sipping at a Halloween party.
Editor's Note: After working with Pearl Dust over the last year, to get the best glitter effect you need decent light to bounce off the glitter reaction. I would make this ahead of time and mess with the lighting for your drink station to get the best effect of this drink! Spooky candles or string lights on your drink table could really help up the effect if you are having a dim lit Halloween party!
Double double boil and trouble..let's get to brewing this cocktail!
- 1.5 oz Black Vodka
- 1.5 oz Cherry Juice (you want that deep red color not fake red)
- 1 oz Orange Juice
- 0.5 oz Maraschino Cherry Syrup (Syrup in cherry jar)
- Pinch Wilton Pearl Dust in White (Found in cake decorating aisle of craft store.)
Black Vodka DIY
In this recipe, I use Blavod Black Vodka. This vodka can be hard to come by in certain areas. There are other companies who have come out with black vodkas, so use whatever you can find. If you have trouble finding it you can make your own. I will warn this is messy and like using most food dye it will stain your mouth.
Into a separate jar add 1 cup of vodka (plain or flavored) and 4 drops of Wilton Black Icing Color. Stir or shake until fully combined. Keep in an airtight jar in the fridge until use. Use the same portions as the recipe.
Tell me one of your favorite things about Halloween, if you celebrate the holiday. I'd love to hear all your stories filled with tricks and treats!