Creepy Halloween Cocktails (Part One): The Black Heart

storybook menu styled for halloween cocktailsHands down, Halloween is my favorite holiday. And there’s no better way to celebrate than toasting the season with some spooky concoctions. I’ve created three potent potions that I’ll be serving up to my guests this Halloween—each recipe is super simple, has plenty of creep factor, and is made using basic ingredients you may already have in your bar or fridge. I’ll be sharing the three Halloween cocktails in the next few weeks—first up, let me introduce you to the “Black Heart.”

Setting the scene is key for any Halloween soirée, and spooky details are my favorite place to start. Serving cocktails on their own is perfectly fine, but I always rely on a menu design to help tell a story and set the mood. I love how Jody Worthington’s Storybook menu looks like a page that’s been pulled from a book of spells—it’s the perfect piece to conjure up some cocktail magic.

Black vodka and fig cocktail by kelli hallWith Black Vodka, Fig Vodka, and Creme de Cassis

Keep reading for the cocktail recipe…

halloween cocktail garnishes figs as hearts The Black Heart
Darkly decadent with a hint of black fig. 
Nothing says Halloween like a completely jet-black cocktail. I tweaked this recipe to add my own fig flavor. And the best part? A split black fig to garnish the glass. Turn the fig stem-side down and it’s a perfect heart shape (and the insides have the fleshy look of a human heart cavity!).

• 1/2 ounce Black Vodka (like Blavod)
• 1/2 ounce Fig Vodka (like Figenza)
• 1 1/2 ounces Creme de Cassis
• Dash of Dry Vermouth
Combine with ice in a martini shaker. Shake to mix and strain into a cold martini glass. Garnish with a split black fig. Makes one cocktail.

More Creepy Cocktail Ideas:
• Cuttlefish ink: Buy it from gourmet stores and use it to darken savory beverages.
• Pickled white asparagus: These guys look like fingers—try pairing them with Bloody Mary shots.
• The Real Deal: For the best creep factor, why not garnish drinks for more adventurous palettes? Octopus tentacles could cling to the side of a Bloody Mary or garnish a White Russian with chococolate covered insects perched on the rim.

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  1. joan

    This sounds awesome! I’ll definitely be giving it a try 🙂

  2. Holly

    Where is this glass from?? <3<3<3

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  4. Margaret

    Cool glass. Unfortunately, Blavod vodka is no longer available in my area (Nashville TN). Haven’t been able to identify another black vodka…are you aware of one?

  5. Hi Margaret!
    Blavod and Eristoff are the major black vodka labels and both can be found at I checked, and total wine doesn’t ship to Tennessee though. If you want to go black, and can’t get your hands on the real-deal black vodka, try using regular vodka mixed with black food coloring like this one:
    The creme de cassis will also help deepen the color to get your darkest drink possible ; )