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black widow martini {Halloween}

This Black Widow Martini recipe is sponsored by Sweet’N Low.

Are you guys SO excited for Halloween?!  I just started decorating the house and yard with my daughter and I totally have the Halloween bug.  Every time I am out of the house, I find myself picking up more pumpkins, more blood spatters, more cobwebs and more zombie arms.  I can’t get enough this year!

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We had friends over this past weekend and I was feeling very festive — so I decided to create a SPOOKY cocktail that would wow them.  My mind went right to a classic black martini.  You can create a black martini in a variety of ways.  Basically you can just choose your favorite colored liqueurs and blend them til they make black.  If it isn’t black enough you can always add a bit of black food coloring… no one will know!  You’re going to need black food coloring (I like the gel kind) to color the sugar for the rim anyway.

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Black Widow Martini

3 oz vodka
1 1/2 oz Chambord
1 1/12 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 packet Sweet’N Low
squeeze of lemon
sugar, black food coloring

Sugar rim of footed martini glass by first dipping rim into lemon juice, then into the black sugar.  Combine liquids in a shaker with ice.  Shake.  Strain into sugar-rimmed footed martini glass.

This sweet martini has been made lower-cal by my addition of Sweet’N Low, instead of a using a simple syrup or agave nectar.  I’ve been on a kick as of lately, creating lower-cal cocktails like this Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita, and this Rye Apple Pie in the Sky.  Sweet’N Low surprisingly blends well and fades into the background — perfect for sweetening up any beverage.

Of course, garnishes are going to be a bit different with this one.  My initial reaction was lemon twist, since lemon is an ingredient… and the yellow would be a great contrast to the black martini, but not spooky enough.  I went with plastic spiders, centipedes and a eyeball instead!

black martini halloween in_the_know_mom #sweetnlowstarsI think the eyeball lends just the right touch… but maybe omit if your guests have had more than one of these strong drinks — we wouldn’t want anyone choking! ;)

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17 Comments

  1. October 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm — Reply

    This is so awesome!!!! I love it. Pinned!

  2. October 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm — Reply

    That is DELIGHTFULLY creepy. I love the floating eye ball.

  3. October 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm — Reply

    Ooooooohhhhh….what a creepy looking drink! I may have to make those for our Halloween party.

  4. October 9, 2014 at 5:41 pm — Reply

    That is so creative! I can’t wait to try it!

  5. October 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm — Reply

    I love this! Creepy yet chic! I love this time of year.

  6. October 9, 2014 at 8:53 pm — Reply

    That’s a great addition to a Halloween party! I don’t drink alcohol, but I love themed food and beverages. I know it’d be a hit at any party.

  7. The Spring Mount 6 Pack
    October 12, 2014 at 6:34 pm — Reply

    That is cool. I have to tell my brother to add it for his bar this Halloween

  8. October 12, 2014 at 7:57 pm — Reply

    Oh my! Not sure I could drink that, but this would have been a huge hit when I was bar-tending!

  9. Jenn
    October 13, 2014 at 6:40 am — Reply

    One of my most memorable Halloween parties had a drink like this! SO much fun!

  10. October 13, 2014 at 8:49 am — Reply

    That is a pretty creative cocktail. It would be perfect for upcoming Halloween parties.

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