Witch’s Brew is a super easy, super delicious Halloween cocktail, using just 3 ingredients: prosecco, chambord and grape juice! Perfect for a crowd too!
It’s so easy, you’ll be going,
why didn’t I think of that?
I have a client, Martha, who hates to cook but loves to entertain. So last year, Martha hosted a Halloween themed party for 12. Along with the cooking that I was doing for her, I’d been asked for a super easy 3 or 4 ingredient cocktail that she could whip up for her guests before dinner.
I knew she liked her prosecco, so I started with that, because prosecco makes a great base for all sorts of flavours. In fact, we are currently working on one for Christmas in the foodies+ community (with over 300 000 members) on Google+ that I run.
Once the cocktail and mocktail have been created, we’ll open the naming up to the public, with the 2 winners receiving a free copy of the Foodies+ Christmas Cookbook that we published for charity last year.
It took 3 attempts before she settled on this one. I’d even made a blackberry syrup for the exercise, but that got rejected outright as she wanted all things shop bought!
So the blackberry syrup went into another cocktail that I shall blog about soon too, look out for that if you love margaritas! See below!
After trying out a few different flavours, she settled for this super easy one made with prosecco, grape juice and Chambord. Three ingredients that can be played with for a lighter, sweeter or stronger drink – just perfect as far as the lady was concerned.
What is Chambord?
Chambord is a blackberry and raspberry liqueur made in France. It is a delightful liqueur that smells and tastes of blackberry, nectar and citrus. All in a sexy bottle. Click here to read more.
The recipe here makes one serving, enough to fill one martini or cocktail glass, depending on the size. Double or triple accordingly. If you would like this cocktail a little lighter, use the same amounts of prosecco and grape juice. The amount of Chambord we use is just enough for an added hit as well as flavour. You could double or even reduce the Chambord if you fancy, it’s just a matter of taste.
Kid friendly Halloween Mocktail
Leave out the alcohol altogether, so the kids can still join in the spooky fun! All you need to do is either lighten or sweeten the grape juice further with some sparkling water or lemonade (that’s what 7Up/Sprite are called in the UK).
Make a large portion of Witch’s Brew
You could even make this drink in a big jug and increase all the amounts correspondingly. Turn it into a fruitier cocktail by dropping some blackberries (or other berries) in. So technically, it makes a cocktail for any time of the year, but given its dark colour, it’s perfect for Halloween, especially if you’re going for a dark look with your tablecloth, plates and napkins.
The photos you see here are of the drink I took recently, for a magazine, as well as my blog. Needless to say, the dry ice effect (the smoke) is purely theatrical and not part of the recipe! And, because I couldn’t stop myself, I had some fun with the photos on my MacBook, as you can see here:
A Word of Advice on using Dry Ice
Dry ice is really fun to use and is a serious show stopper. But be sure to read up on all safety advice before doing so. Make sure you buy your dry ice from a reputable company selling food grade dry ice.
If you are planning to serve it up as I did here, with the smoke effect, use chillisticks, as in here, essentially the dry ice is contained within a straw like device. That way, you don’t run the risk of burning your lips, your throat or any other part of you!
My pictures here, are just that – pictures. I do not provide drinks with dry ice in them to my guests and do not recommend it either, for the reasons mentioned above. Unless, the dry ice is contained in chillisticks and not floating freely in your drinks.
And do not, for the love of ghouls, witches and demons, do not touch that dry ice with your bare hands!
There you go folks, probably my very first Halloween recipe post! Every year, I think about it but then before I know it, it’s time to go trick or treating!
Another Halloween Cocktail
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Witch’s Brew is an easy Halloween cocktail made in just 5 minutes with all shop bought ingredients.
- 125ml (1/2 cup) prosecco
- 60ml (1/4 cup) purple/red grape juice
- 30ml (1 fl oz) Chambord
- Blackberries on a cocktail stick
- Mix all the liquids together and pour into your chosen cocktail glass.
- Thread a couple of blackberries on a cocktail stick and place on the glass.
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Easy
- Cuisine: Fusion
Keywords: halloween, cocktails, mocktails