15 Oct

Black Widow Martini and Screwed-Up Shooters

halloween cocktail - black widow martini

Ok, since we went for the extra-creepy cocktail look yesterday, here’s are a couple ideas for those of you that might not have the stomach for a “speared eyeball” garnish and like your Halloween libations on the “classier” side…

Both of these cocktails incorporate Blavod black vodka to achieve their perfectly Halloween-esque hue. Pictured at top is the Black Widow Martini, which is great with either blackberry or deep purple grape juice and a splash of Chambord (full recipe below).

And pictured below is the Screwed-up Shooter, which – you guessed it – is a layered OJ and black vodka shot!

halloween cocktail - screwdriver shot

Orange rimming sugar makes for a pretty presentation on these two-tone shooters, or you can also garnish them with a clip-on black spider like this:

halloween cocktail - screwdriver shot

I’ve also seen this same look applied to full screwdriver drinks… which still looks great when you first pour it – but the minute the black vodka and OJ is stirred together (which the guest will probably want to do in order to drink it), the result is not quite so pretty! You end up with kind of a blackish-green looking concoction, which could be great for swamp-themed Halloween parties, I guess. =)

And now… for the recipes:


halloween cocktail - black widow martini


2 oz black vodka
.5 oz Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
2 oz blackberry or grape juice
black licorice and sugar for garnish (optional)

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with black licorice and add a plastic black spider to the stem of the martini glass.



.5 oz orange juice
.5 oz black vodka
orange rimming sugar for garnish (optional)

Fill the bottom half of a sugar-rimmed shot glass with orange juice. Next, add the black vodka. Pour it over the back of a spoon and into the shot glass to help achieve a layered look on top of the OJ.



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Giselle C SAYS:

Black Vodka?! WOW those almost look to deadly to drink! :)
Thanks for all the good ideas!

October 15, 2009 at 10:01 am

Suburban Princess SAYS:

Any idea what the black vodka tastes like?

October 15, 2009 at 10:59 am

dot SAYS:

Excellent ideas! I already have several of your great cocktails included in a cocktail roundup scheduled for this weekend, will have to go back and include these too!


October 15, 2009 at 11:15 am

Down Pillow SAYS:

They don’t look like they’d taste good, but the recipes sound yummy :)

October 15, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Danielle SAYS:

I tried the Blavod for a Halloween punch a couple of years ago. It just tastes like regular mid-grade vodka.

October 18, 2009 at 10:35 am

Jenna Caridi SAYS:

could you use plain vodka and add food coloring, or would this not work because of the layering, say in the screwed up shooter?

September 17, 2010 at 8:48 am

MaDonna A SAYS:

i LOVE LOVE LOVE these drinks! Im thinking of doing a scary movie and martini night at my home and these will work awesomely…

September 27, 2010 at 11:03 am

Dee Dee Marshall Creech SAYS:

Haven't tried any drink ideas, but fun looking at all the creepy Halloween suggestions! Thanks for sharing! Love Halloween and will certainly try a few!

October 6, 2012 at 4:14 am

Linda Bassetti SAYS:

Wow…sounds like a drink a roach could hide in

October 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm
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