Black Widow Cocktail

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Halloween is close again and it is time for dressing up and chasing out those demons.  This weekend my dear friends H & J MF invited me over for a fabulous Halloween party at their lovely (ups, sorry, horrific) house. Of course the question then was: what to wear;  who do I want to be this year?

So let me ask you:  If you would create a super hero alter ego for yourself, who would you be?

During the day I would be a wholsome-looking cook in a frilly apron, serving up platefuls of nurturing  and heart-warming food. But then when danger threatens my beautiful, safe and muffinscented world,  I would turn into a black flash of ligthening,  a master at using every day kitchen implements to defuse any type of dangerous situation.

My symbols? My civilian self would cradel a cup of warm anis-flavoured milk and smile beningnly at the folly of life. My alter ego, on the other hand, would be glaring over the edge of a cocktail glass, judging the world.

Of course this cocktail could not be an appeltini or a cosmopolitan; it would have to be a black widow.

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Black or red salt
1 part silver tequila
2 parts good quality blackcurrant juice (mine was lightly sweetened with grape juice)


  1. Chill the tequila and juice.
  2. Rub the rim of your cocktail glass with lime.
  3. Place salt on a plate and dip the glass in the salt to crust the rim.
  4. I would suggest making a small amount first so you can tweak the ratio to your own taste.
  5. Place lime juice, tequila, juice, ice in a cocktail shaker and blend. (you can skip this step and just pour the ingredients straight into a jug or glass).
  6. Pour into the glass without the ice cubes.
  7. Decorate the glass with a blackberry.

 Tips & Variations

Consider some of the following

  • vodka instead of tequila
  • add cassis

 Other Halloween ideas

Cheese Biscuits Disguised for Halloween

    • afracooking said:

      Hihi! Yes, it is horrifically delicious.

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you for the lovely compliment!

  1. I love this. For my super ego I’d have to be someone that shows up anytime someone is being inconsiderate (traffic, cutting in line, etc) and “correct” them.

    • afracooking said:

      Now that is the type of superhero I would like to be a side kick to 🙂

  2. lei said:


    • afracooking said:

      So sweet of you to drop by – makes me smile! Biggest hug, my dear friend!

    • afracooking said:

      Geniet, maar drink met mate. Wie man hier in den Niederlanden sagt.

  3. One of the sultriest cocktail treats and truly delicous (grown-up) Halloween recipes around. Love that Black Widow!!!

    • afracooking said:

      What a fabulous compliment! “Sultry” that is exactly the right word!! Halloween is just that – as an adult you get the chance to play and embrace your inner child … but you can do this in as stylish a way as you choose!

  4. Liz said:

    What a great idea. Black gloves are always spooky and scary, and black widows are even more scary. Brilliant halloween idea. I spent more time with candy than drinks, maybe I can now settle down with a belated black widow cocktail. I have some vodka….enjoy Sunday!!

    • afracooking said:

      Haha – yes this would be exactly the right thing to have after a candy-filled day 🙂

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