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Black Widow Martini: a Delightfully Dreadful Drink

The kids have all the trick-or-treat candy to look forward to this Halloween. but unless you are a big fan of Dum Dums and Milky Ways, you are a bit out of luck. THAT IS UNLESS…you’ve got some fun little Halloween cocktails up your witchy sleeve! I think you will happily let the kiddos indulge in their Smarties while you sit back and enjoy this Cherry Black Widow Martini.

Halloween has always been a great holiday to bring out the ghoulish in all of us. It’s fun to see how we out gruesome each other in food and drink. Of course we love our pumpkin pie and candy corn alongside our apple cider and caramel apples, but no respectable list of Halloween recipes can be complete without Halloween cocktails! So with that as prelude, I introduce my favorite Halloween martini recipe…….the Black Widow Martini

These Black Widow Martini, complete with ‘blood’ dripping down the side may just be my most favorite creative Halloween cocktail to date.

I made the cherry syrup weeks in advance and froze it until I was ready to use it for these Halloween Martinis. Without a few drops of blue and yellow food color, your martini is deep red…so it’s your choice whether to go black martini or red.  While I usually avoid food color, at the end of the day, it’s worth it for the black color for these Black Widow Martinis.

I did try a charcoal capsule and it did turn the martini black, but there was some sediment leftover in the glass that I didn’t love. But, if you’d rather go that route, it definitely works.

And, by thickening a little bit of the syrup, I was able to get a slow drip of ‘blood’ down the side…definitely adding to the ghastly effect.

Black Widow Halloween Martini : showing how to apply dripping "blood" to martini glass

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And I’ve been holding on to these Dreadful Drips Tapers by Yankee Candle for just the right occasion…aren’t they just perfectly awfully disgusting!?

You can add a little dry ice to your Black Widow Martini to get it to bubble and smoke. Dry Ice is nothing more than frozen carbon dioxide, the same carbon dioxide that makes coke bubbly.  That being said, you don’t want your lips to come in contact with the dry ice; it will burn any part of the skin it comes in contact with.

So, just put a small piece, like a 1″ chunk in your drink to give it the desired effect of smoking and bubbling.  And for what it’s worth, you will get more ‘action’ from your dry ice if the liquid it is being dropped into is on the warm side, the dry ice will definitely chill your beverages. The smoke and bubbles is Halloween worthy….I mean after all, what’s a proper black martini on Halloween without a little smoke and bubbles?

Black Widow Halloween Martini - close up of martini in glass with dripping blood, smoking and bubbling next to  black widow and candle
Black Widow Halloween Martini : close up of empty martini glass dripping "blood"

So, without further ado my creepy compadres, get out your list of creative Halloween martinis, let’s crack open the crypt and check out this Black Widow Martini recipe and add it to the list.

Black Widow Martini

A delightfully ghoulish drink to serve at your Halloween party. Cherry juice makes a dark red drink, but with a drop or two of some blue and yellow food color, you can get the delightful black martini. Add some 'dripping blood' down the side of the glass for the perfect creepy effect.
4.50 from 10 votes
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Assembly Time 5 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Beverage Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 2 drinks
Calories 1075 kcal


  • 4 ounces Cherry Syrup
  • 4 ounces Vodka
  • 2 ounces Lime Juice
  • Blue Food Color
  • Yellow Food Color
  • 1 cup Crushed Ice

Cherry Syrup

  • 2 cups frozen pitted cherries
  • 2 cups sugar


Cherry Syrup

  • Combine cherries and sugar in medium saucepan, bring to a slow boil and let simmer for 30 minutes
  • Strain cherries in a mesh strainer, pushing down solids to release juice.
  • Use or freeze within 7 days.

For Black Widow Martini

  • Combine ice, vodka, cherry syrup, lime juice in a cocktail shaker and shake well
  • To make your martini black, add two drops of blue and one drop of yellow food color to the shaker.
  • To get thick 'blood' to drip down the side of your Martini, put 3/4 cup of cherry syrup into a pan and simmer slowly until molasses thick. 
  • Before you add your martini to the glass, place the thickened syrup on a plate and holding the glass at an angle, dip rim of the glass into syrup
  • Hold the glass up to get the 'blood' to drip down. Rotate around the glass, dipping and then let it drip down.


Serving: 1gCalories: 1075kcalCarbohydrates: 245gProtein: 2gSodium: 5mgFiber: 4gSugar: 236g
Keyword cherry, halloween, martini
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With a touch of food color, you can change a basic Cherry Martini to a perfect-for-Halloween Black Widow Martini, complete with cauldron style smoke and dripping 'blood' down the side of the glass. #halloween #halloweenparty #halloweenparties #beverages #cocktails #black #martini

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  1. Wow! This is so amazing! Not only does the recipe sound delicious (I love cherry) but the photos are awesome! I’ve always wanted to try using dry ice, but was a little afraid. You make it look so easy. Maybe next year 🙂

    1. Michelle, that dry ice is fun to work with, just don’t touch it with your bare hands. But it just really took this drink to a different level…and so fun to photograph.

      Thanks for swinging by my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Aw…thanks so much Michelle. I’ve got to be honest, I had a ball making and photographing these drinks. Maybe I was a mixologist in a previous life?!

  2. This drink is stunning! I will gladly let the kids have the candy and enjoy one of these myself. Now off to find some dry ice before our Halloween party!

  3. WOW this is so spooky, creepy and gross… in the most delicious way possible! I love cherry anything, and I think I even have all of the ingredients to make it. Can’t wait to give it a try. P.S Your photos are amazing!

    1. Aw thanks Heather. It was a delicious drink and it was soooo fun to photograph. Dry ice is the bomb!

      The perfect drink for this weekend…or any weekend in October!

      Have a good one.

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Hi Joella,

      It made my tongue turn a little blue/black…not so much my teeth. But you can totally control how much dye you put in.

      Hope that helps.


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