Black Widow

This Black Widow is all treat, no tricks.

Black Widow Cocktail


Black Widow

Made by Suzanne and Evan

A hit song, a blockbuster movie, and now a delicious drink. I mean, a black widow is also a scary breed of spider, and this drink can be just as darkly dangerous…if you don’t pace yourself!


This spirit forward drink has a rich luscious flavor coming from the combination of coffee and blackberry liqueurs in addition to vodka. Adding a festive orange rim adds a fun Halloween flair. 

For a lighter spin on this cocktail, add a bit of soda water at the end to your liking.

If you love this cocktail, check out all three of our Hocus Pocus inspired Halloween cocktails or our full Craft Cocktail Making playlist on YouTube.

Let’s Get Stirrin’

Serves: 1

Special Tools: Cocktail shaker, small plate with rim

Difficulty: Moderate


1 oz. Vodka

1 ½ oz creme de cassis or blackberry liqueur

½ oz. coffee liqueur

Colored rimming sugar

Lemon or Lime

  1. Pour the rimming sugar onto a plate with a rim.
  2. Dampen the rim and side of your martini or coupe glass with citrus of choice
  3. Roll the outside edge of the glass in the sugar to coat.
  4. Add all the other ingredients to mixing glass, then add ice.
  5. Stir vigorously for 15-20 seconds, until outside is cold and frosty.
  6. Strain in waiting rimmed glass and enjoy your Black Widow!
    Suzanne making a sour face wondering if she'll like this cocktail
    But will I like it?

    Cocktail flavor profile

    Getting to know your palate, what you like, and what you don’t like is a critical part of being a great craft tippler AND key to becoming a great home bartender as well! So before you break out that barware and buy the key ingredients, here’s a little guidance on what to expect from this cocktail so you can start to hone in on exactly what elements of cocktails you enjoy and which you’d prefer to minimize.  This helps you order new cocktails you love when you’re out on the town better as well!
    • Sweet
    • Sour
    • Spiritous
    • Refreshing
    • Complex/Funky/Unique

    Let me know what you discover, or if you would have rated it differently in the comments below…

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