This Halloween cocktail comes straight from the sly Grim Reaper (Death). And just like his “gifts” to the wizards who “outsmarted” him, it starts of sweet and finishes tart.
As y’all can see, I am clearly having too much fun with these Halloween posts. I can’t help myself. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!
And clearly, I’m a kid-at-heart! And a Harry Potter lover! I’ve only read the entire series 4-times over and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched each movie.
So in honor of my beloved “The Boy Who Lived,” I give you The Deathly Hallows Cocktail.
What Is The Deathly Hallows Cocktail?
“That is a children’s tale, told to amuse rather than to instruct. Those of us who understand these matters, however, recognize that the ancient story refers to three objects, or Hallows, which, if united, will make the possessor Master of Death.” —Xenophilius Lovegood’s overview of the Hallows
This dark and brooding Halloween cocktail is a tribute to The Deathly Hallows. It’s an indulgent drink that starts out sweet and spicy from blackberry and ginger and finishes with the tartness of cranberry.
Did I mention it’s as black as the Grim Reaper’s soul, or lack thereof? And stronger than a kick from Buckbeak… But the theme is The Deathly Hallows so let’s reveal its secrets. REVELIO!
“Then the second brother, who was an arrogant man, decided that he wanted to humiliate Death still further, and asked for the power to recall others from Death.”—Cadmus Peverell receiving the Resurrection Stone
Luscious blackberry liqueur lends sweetness to this potion, while candied ginger cuts the sweet and adds just the right amount of spice. Trust me, the flavors are fabulous together. Symbolism abounds as the dark blackberry liqueur symbolizes Death while the candied ginger symbolizes the Resurrection stone.
“Its history is bloody, but that may be simply due to the fact that it is such a desirable object, and arouses such passions in wizards. Immensely powerful, dangerous in the wrong hands, and an object of incredible fascination to all of us who study the power of wands.” —Garrick Ollivander discussing the Elder Wand
The backbone of this drink is a perfectly tart cranberry vodka. I used Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka and its natural red color is symbolic to the bloody history of the Elder Wand.
Did you know that Death has a flare for the dramatics? And this Halloween cocktail follows suit. The dark liquid comes naturally from the combination of the blackberry liqueur and red vodka. But a drop of blue food coloring will add extra dark magic.
Next, the rim is dipped into sticky black raspberry jam and immersed into black magic sugar crystals.
“It was only when he had attained great age that the youngest brother finally took off the Cloak of Invisibility and gave it to his son.” —Ignotus Peverell passing the cloak on to his son
Last, dry ice is added as the final Deathly Hallows tribute. The fluid silk-like smoke represents the Cloak of Invisibility rendering the wearer invisible.
The Deathly Hallows Cocktail
- 1 lemon slice
- 3 oz cranberry vodka I used Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka
- 1.5 oz blackberry liqueur
- 1/2 tbsp chopped candied ginger
- 1-2 drops blue food coloring optional
- 1/4 cup black sugar sprinkles easily found during Halloween
- 1/4 cup black raspberry jam any berry jam or preserve is fine
- 1 small piece dry ice
- Slice lemon. Chop candied ginger.
- Pour preserves and sugar into separate containers, large enough for rim of glass.
- Dip rim of glass into preserves and follow with black sugar.
- Add chopped ginger to bottom of glass.
- Pour cranberry vodka into glass.
- Top with blackberry liqueur.
- Squeeze in juice from lemon slice.
- If your cranberry vodka is clear and/or you want a darker color, add 1-2 drops of blue food coloring.
- Add 1 small piece of dry ice.