The spooky season is upon us, and it’s the perfect time for a fun cocktail! No matter what you’re doing for the holiday, you will love this Halloween Cocktail. There is fun for everyone because you can make it with gin, vodka or no alcohol at all for a fun mocktail! And naturally, we are topping it with our delicious Blackberry Spindrift.

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How to make this Halloween Cocktail

This blackberry Halloween cocktail is easy to make. The hardest part is making your syrup, then everything gets really simple! For your syrup, we want to infuse some flavors to bring them into your drink without making them the star of the show. This syrup brings in fall flavors with rosemary and clove complementing the blackberry.

It’s easy to make the syrup: add all the ingredients in a pan and stir to combine. Bring it to a boil, then turn off the heat and let it sit for 8-10 minutes. This allows the berries, cloves, and rosemary flavors to steep. Then you can strain the syrup to avoid overpowering it. Just like a tea bag, you don’t want it to over-steep!

Blackberry syrup

Once you have your syrup, combine your gin, syrup, blackberries, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker or mason jar. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to muddle everything, then add ice, cover and shake. Then, add ice to your drinking glass and lightly strain the mixture into your glass. Your glass should be able 3/4 full, then top it with your Blackberry Spindrift.

How to make your Halloween Cocktail extra spooky

My favorite part of our Halloween Cocktail is the garnish. You can add blackberry and spring of rosemary for something classic. To make it a little spookier, you can burn the end of the rosemary for a little smoke and an amazing aroma.

halloween cocktail in candlelight

The best way, however, to take it next level is with dry ice. Dry ice can be intimidating and a little cumbersome, but Halloween is the perfect time for it! You can find it at some grocery stores, and the most important thing is to just avoid touching or ingesting it. Be safe and use gloves and tongs to add little chunks to your drink to create a smoky potion affect. It’s a total crowd pleaser, and such a fun way to make this Halloween drink a little more special!

If you make this Blackberry Widow, be sure to rate and review it below! And once you’re done with your Halloween cocktail, we have you covered for Thanksgiving too, or if you need a midweek pick-me-up. If you’re looking for more inspiration, sign up for our Friday Favorites newsletter, and follow along on Pinterest and Instagram to join in all the fun!

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The Blackberry Widow: Your New Halloween Cocktail

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  • Author: Teri Turner
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Category: Drinks
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Blackberry Widow is the perfect halloween cocktail. It’s refreshing, but it has all the flavors of fall you love!


For the Blackberry Fall Syrup:

¼ cup light brown sugar

¼ cup water

8 fresh blackberries

3 whole cloves

1 Fresh rosemary sprig

½ teaspoon lemon zest

½ teaspoon juice of a lemon


For the cocktail:

4 fresh blackberries, plus more for garnish

Crushed Ice

0.5 oz blackberry fall syrup

0.5 oz freshly squeezes lemon juice

2 ounces gin (we used Hendricks) *see note for Mocktail
4 ounces Blackberry Spindrift

Rosemary sprig, to garnish


Make the Blackberry Fall Syrup:

In a small sauté pan, over medium high heat at the brown sugar, water and blackberries. Stir to combine and until the sugar has completely dissolved for about 2 minutes. Using the back of the spoon, crush the blackberry to let the juices come out?. Add the cloves, rosemary, lemon zest and lemon juice. Bring to a low simmer and immediately turn off heat. Using a strainer to get only the blackberry syrup. Set aside.

Note: The blackberry fall syrup can last up to two weeks in an air tight container in the fridge, but best to use freshly done.

Make the cocktail:

In a mason jar or a shaker, muddle some blackberries, add the ice, syrup, lemon juice, and choice of alcohol. Put on the lid and shake constantly until all is incorporated and iced cold. In a glass, pour some crushed ice. Using a strainer pour the drink over the ice. Add the Blackberry Spindrift, then garnish with rosemary and more blackberries and enjoy! 


*You can make the drink with vodka, or use Elderflower Lemonade to make a mocktail. If you use a sparkling Elderflower Lemonade, do not shake it and instead add it at the same time as the Spindrift.