If you’ve been hunting for Black Vodka Cocktails that’ll wow your guests this Halloween, you’re in for a treat with our spectacularly eerie yet delicious recipe for a Black Magic Cocktail!
Crafted with Blavod Black Vodka, this concoction is perfect for your next Halloween Party. It’s so tantalizing it might just bewitch your taste buds!
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Black Vodka Cocktails
Black vodka is arguably the most mysterious member of the vodka family! It’s not just its striking black color that makes it a sensation; it’s also the allure it brings to any cocktail.
The dark color comes from black catechu, which is a resin extracted from the heartwood of the Acacia catechu tree.
This tree is native to India and Burma and has been significant for hundreds of years. Catechu has traditionally been used both as a natural coloring agent and an active ingredient in various herbal remedies.
Blavod Original Black Vodka is the world’s first brand of black vodka, but if you can’t find it at your local liquor store, don’t fret—you can make your own black vodka at home—and we’ll tell you how!
Black Magic Cocktail
So, of course, with black vodka at our disposal, we just had to make some black vodka cocktails!
Our Black Magic Cocktail is made with black vodka, lime juice, lemon-lime soda, and some edible gold luster dust, giving it a magical sparkle.
Imagine serving this at your Halloween parties—it’s the perfect cocktail to sip while hanging out in a dark room filled with friends and Halloween fun!
You could also try the Black Widow Cocktail, which is another one of our black vodka Halloween drinks.
To go with those cocktails, you need some tasty food. We love Charcuterie Boards when throwing parties. Our Christmas Charcuterie Board can easily be switched up by using Halloween-shaped cookie cutters to cut sliced meats and cheeses.
We have 50+Freakishly Good Halloween Recipes for you to feast on, including appetizers, main dishes, sides, desserts, cakes, and cupcakes!
Cocktail Ingredients & Equipment
Ingredients For Black Magic Cocktail
- Blavod Original Black Vodka – if you can’t find Blavod Vodka in your local liquor grocery store, there are alternatives you can try:
- Eristoff Black Premium Vodka has a raspberry and blackcurrant flavor with a hint of licorice.
- Puschkin Black Berries Vodka Liqueur is made with blackberries and Siberian ginseng and has a deep purple color.
- Vestal Black Cherry Vodka, which, of course, has a cherry flavor and a deep burgundy color.
- Au Vodka Black Grape is another flavored vodka with a purple color.
- The taste will change depending on your vodka flavor, and you can deepen the color of these vodkas with food coloring. But purple and burgundy would look just as amazing in this cocktail.
- Or you could follow our black vodka recipe (below) to make your own for Halloween drinks.
- Lemon-Lime Soda – such as Sprite
- Fresh Lime Juice
- Edible Gold Luster Dust – This powder adds a shimmering effect to drinks.
- Black Sugar – An optional extra for the glass rim.
- Fresh Mint Leaves – Optional Garnish
- Lime Slices – Optional Garnish
- This cocktail is shaken, but don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker!
- Use a container with a tight-fitting lid—like a mason jar or the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.
- Cocktail Skewers – for skewering cherries and other cocktail fruits
- Cocktail Glasses
- Rimming Dish – Or saucers for rimming the glasses with salt or sugar.
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How To Make Homemade Black Vodka
If you can’t buy a bottle of black vodka to make our delicious cocktail, Black Magic, or other black vodka cocktails, then it’s actually really easy to make yourself using clear vodka and food coloring!
If you have black food dye at home, you just need to add a drop or two to the cocktail shaker when shaking your drink. This is the technique we used when making our Black Raven Cocktail.
If you’re making more than a cocktail or two or even a large batch of spooky Halloween cocktails, then coloring a whole bottle of vodka will make more sense.
You can use black gel food coloring, typically found in specialist baking stores or online. Alternatively, you can use liquid food coloring that is commonly found in grocery stores.
If you can’t find black dye food coloring, you can actually combine equal parts of red, green, and blue to make black.
So, for 1 cup of vodka, use 3 drops of red food coloring, 3 drops of green, and 3 drops of blue food coloring. Pour into a glass jar or bottle and shake well. Scale up as needed.
You may find the colors split slightly when storing, so shake the food-colored vodka before using it in cocktails.
You can also make black vodka at home, including steeping black rice in plain vodka, but using food coloring really is the easiest!
Do not use activated charcoal to color your alcohol, as it can interact with some medications in a negative way. The safer option is using food coloring.
When you see how easy it is to make black vodka, why not try coloring other clear liquors like tequila, gin, or rum?
Black Magic Cocktail Variations
Black vodka isn’t just a Halloween gimmick; it’s a great addition to your liquor collection. However, it tends to be a hit during the spooky season, bringing drama and mystery to your Halloween drinks that regular vodka simply can’t!
Here are some variations of the original cocktail recipe you might like to try.
- Black Magic Champagne Cocktail: Replace the lemon-lime soda in the recipe card with Champagne.
- Black Magic Water: Replace the lemon-lime soda in the recipe card with soda water/club soda.
- Black Magic Cauldron: Add dry ice to the glass to create a spooky drink! Read our dry ice tips here.
- Black Magic Spell: Replace the lemon-lime soda in the recipe card with tonic water.
- Black Magic Margarita: Shake 2oz black vodka, 1oz orange liqueur, and 1oz lime juice. Pour into a glass rimmed with black salt.
- Black Magic Martini: Shake 3oz black vodka and 1oz dry vermouth together with ice in a cocktail shaker. Or you can stir the cocktail in a mixing glass with a bar spoon. Pour drink into a well-chilled martini glass and serve with an olive.
Virgin Black Magic Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)
This cocktail is easy to turn into a mocktail! Simply add a drop of black food coloring to a glass of Sprite and stir to combine. Add some gold luster dust for that shimmer effect, and garnish as desired with slices of lime or some maraschino cherries.
Black Magic Mocktails with Non-Alcoholic Spirits
For adults who would still like to enjoy the taste of alcohol in their mocktail, you could try non-alcoholic alternatives.
In the UK, try Lyre’s, which is also available on Amazon in the UK and Amazon.com.
Other brands include Strykk (UK) and Ritual (US & Canada). Non-alcoholic spirits are a growing trend, so be on the lookout in your local stores and online.
- Instead of Black Vodka, use Strykk Not Vodka or other alcohol-free brands. You can color the non-alcoholic spirit with food coloring as in our regular vodka method.
Follow the recipe card using the non-alcoholic alternatives listed above instead of the alcoholic ones.
Frozen Black Magic
Want to turn this black cocktail into a frozen slushie? Here’s how!
Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of ice – then blend till smooth.
Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze!
You can do the same with the mocktail version, too.
Big Batch of Black Magic Cocktail
Want to make a big batch of black cocktails for a party or gathering? It’s easy – here’s how!
If you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug, etc.) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct, and you can make as much as you need to.
To make Black Magic for a crowd, mix together:
- 2 parts Blavod Original Black Vodka
- 2 parts Sprite
- 1 part Lime Juice
- Edible Gold Luster Dust – add as much as needed to reach the shimmering effect.
Add plenty of ice to your serving container to keep the cocktail chilled. Add some slices of lime in there, too.
Setting Up Your Halloween Cocktail Bar
When setting up your bar or cocktail serving area, don’t forget:
- Ice Bucket – Filled with ice. Don’t forget a scoop or tongs.
- Cocktail Glasses – Any glass is fine for a cocktail, but a Halloween one is even better!
- Cocktail Napkins – Patterned napkins are fun, but plain Halloween colors like black, orange, or purple work just as great.
- Cocktail Stirrers/Swizzle Sticks – Fun and functional!
- Cocktail Sticks/Picks – Skewer fruit onto cocktail picks for guests to garnish their drinks.
- Cocktail Decorations – Add additional cocktail kitsch with umbrellas, straws, etc.
This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence.
Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.
How Do I Make A Black Magic Cocktail?
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For Glass Rim
- Simple Syrup
- Black Sugar
For the Cocktail
- 4 oz Blavod Original Black Vodka
- 2 oz Lime Juice
- 4 tsp Edible Gold Luster Dust
- 6 oz Sprite
- Ice Cubes
- Fresh Mint Leaves
- Lime Slices
- To rim the glasses, pour the simple syrup into a small shallow dish and the black sugar into a separate shallow dish. Dip each glass into the syrup and then into sugar to coat the rim of the glass. Fill glasses with ice and set them aside.
- Place black vodka, lime juice, and luster dust into a large cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake well for 15-30 seconds to combine.
- Pour into prepared glasses and top up with Sprite.
- Garnish with mint and/or lime slices as desired. Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 485Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 93gFiber: 1gSugar: 88gProtein: 1g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
While it’s best to enjoy the cocktail fresh to savor its flavors, you may have some left at the end of your party—don’t let it go to waste!
- Transfer it to an airtight pitcher or container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Or, to make it last longer, turn it into Black Magic Granita!
- Granita is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water, and various flavorings. Originally from Sicily.
- Transfer the cocktail to a shallow freezer-safe container and place it in the freezer for 6 hours (or overnight). You can add some simple syrup or another sweetener if desired.
- Use a fork to break the frozen cocktail into small pieces. Serve and enjoy!
- Or pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze.
- Use the cocktail cubes to chill and flavor future cocktails without diluting the drink.
Dinner Party Menu Suggestions!
The beverage is covered, but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to create a menu for a dinner party or special meal:
- Appetizer: Jalapeño Popper Mummies
- Soup: Bloody Mary Soup
- Salad: Fall Apple Salad Recipe with Toasted Hazelnuts
- Main Dish: Baked Chicken with Walnuts Stuffed Pumpkin
- Side Dish: Creamy Instant Pot Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Dessert: Trick or Treat Cupcakes
The post is part of the Crafty October series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog and is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Halloween! You can check out Crafty October from 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 for awesome Halloween ideas and inspiration!