Black Widow Cocktail

Black Widow Cocktail

This Black Widow Cocktail is dark, smooth, and spooky, making it a perfect Halloween drink. Made with black sesame seed syrup, it is also deceptively sweet and pleasant.

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Black Widow Cocktail

Hello everyone – happy Halloween, if you are celebrating. If you don’t really, well, you can still enjoy some chocolates. And by “some” I totally mean a few dozens!

Halloween Ideas

It is my fourth and last Halloween recipe this season. Previously I also shared these Black Sesame Seed Crepes, Black Sesame Seed Vegetable Soup, and Black Sesame Seed Oatmeal. If you ask me, I would say that those crepes and this cocktail has been my favourite.

Also, all these four recipes include sesame seeds. Yeah, it is such a great ingredient for spooky yet tasty Halloween creations!

Black Widow Cocktail

When brainstorming this Halloween season’s ideas, I was wondering if you could use black sesame seeds in cocktail. I googled – and yeah – there were a few similar ideas. I randomly opted Black Widow Cocktail – a Halloween and Marvel drink recipe from a blog I was not familiar with for my inspiration.

I tweaked the original recipe significantly to my liking. What I definitely liked besides the black sesame syrup, was the use of blackberry liqueur. What a lovely and intriguing combination, isn’t it?

And in fact, it turned out great and sophisticated – so rich, sweet, nutty, and with a pleasant fruity note. If you cannot find or do not have blackberry liqueur, I think other fruit varieties will also work; think of raspberry, blackberry, cherry, apricot, or may be even passion fruit. It also has a pleasant, smooth and velvety consistency.

More Halloween Cocktails Ideas

Looking for more cocktail for Halloween? Here we go!

Apple Sage Cocktail

Black Licorice Cocktail

Whiskey Blackberry Rosemary Cocktail

Rowan Berry Cocktail

I hope you like this Black Widow Cocktail, and you will give it a try soon. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.

Trick or treat!

Black Widow Cocktail
Black Widow Cocktail

Black Widow Cocktail

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Drinks, Dessert


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This Black Widow Cocktail is dark, smooth, and spooky, making it a perfect Halloween drink. Made with black sesame seed syrup, rum, and blackcurrant liqueur, it is also deceptively sweet and pleasant.
Recipe adapted from Black Widow Cocktail – a Halloween and Marvel drink – A Tipsy Giraffe


  • Black Sesame Seed Syrup:
  • 1 cup (120 gr.) toasted black sesame seeds

  • 1 cup (240 ml.) water

  • 1/2 cup (100 gr.) sugar

  • 2 tbsp. (~40 gr.) honey

  • Black Widow Cocktail:
  • 2 oz. dark spiced rum

  • 1 oz. blackcurrant liqueur

  • 1 to 1 and 1/2 oz. of syrup, filtered

  • few drops of lemon or lime juice


  • Black Sesame Seed Syrup:
  • Process the seeds in a blender / processor) until resemble the powder or paste (depending on how powerful your blender is. In a medium heavy-bottomed pot combine the powder/paste, water, sugar, and honey.
  •  Bring the mixture to a boil. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
  • Remove from the heat and leave to cool completely.
  • Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve, then repeat to achieve a smooth consistency. Keep it refrigerated for up to a week and use in drinks, desserts, over your ice cream, pancakes or crepes or oatmeal.
  • Black Widow Cocktail:
  • For the cocktail, in a shaker combine the rum, blackcurrant liqueur, syrup, and lemon/lime juice. Shake it well, try, and adjust the flavour if necessary (it will be quite sweet, so you may want to add more lemon/lime juice.) Enjoy!

11 thoughts on “Black Widow Cocktail

  1. Judee says:

    That is one of the most Halloween looking drinks I’ve ever seen. The black sesame seeds and the syrup are really perfect for this holiday. Happy Halloween.

  2. Marissa says:

    Spooky and awesome cocktail, Ben! Love the warm and unexpected flavor combo here. Really a fun cocktail to serve all during the cold weather months.

  3. David @ Spiced says:

    What an interesting cocktail! The nutty flavor from the sesame seeds combined with the fruity flavor from the liqueur sounds tasty. This really would be the perfect drink for a night when ghosts and goblins are afoot! Hope you didn’t eat all of the Halloween candy before trick-or-treat time. Haha!
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