Cocktails to Die For


The Weeping Woman, recipe provided below (adapted from Muy Bueno Cook Book) 


  • 3 ounces Pisco Brandy
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • Dash of Angostoria bitters
  • Dry ice (optional) (see note)


In a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice, combine brandy, juices, and sugar. Cover, shake vigorously for 15 seconds, and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with a few drops of bitters. Add some dry ice for a spooky effect.

Note: Dry ice is quite safe to use in drinks, but you should not touch it. Wait for the ice to melt before actually drinking it as it can burn your skin.

Mr. Hyde Potion, recipe provided below (adapted from HGTV)


  • 8 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces parfait amour liqueur
  • 1 ounce blackberry liqueur
  • 2 ounces tarragon simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce lavender syrup, available at most liquor stores
  • 4 lavender sprigs
  • 8 blackberries
  • dry ice (optional) Note: Use only if you're familiar with dry-ice safety measures
  • purple sanding sugar for rim (optional)

Yield: 4 cocktails


1. Prepare the tarragon simple syrup by placing 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan.

2. Heat over medium-low heat until it reaches a low boil. Add two sprigs of fresh tarragon and reduce heat to low. Heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove tarragon and allow syrup to cool.

3. Place 2 blackberries on each lavender sprig and set aside. Tip: For best results, insert a toothpick through blackberry first to make a small hole for the lavender stem. 

4. Cut and juice lemon. Strain to remove pulp, if desired. Add spirits, syrups and juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until very cold (about 20 seconds).

5.Pour drink into beakers, add a small piece of dry ice (optional) and a lavender-blackberry skewer. Note: Drink is safe to consume only after dry ice has completely dissolved.

Tip: Alternatively, moisten the rim of a cocktail glass and dip in purple sanding sugar. Add cocktail and small piece of dry ice. Lay lavender-blackberry skewer across the top of the glass and serve.

Black Licorice Delight, recipe provided below (adapted from Camille Styles)


  • 4 parts Pernod® licorice liqueur
  • 3 parts blackcurrant cordial
  • 8 – 10 parts water
  • black food coloring or icing coloring
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Fill a pitcher with water, and add black food coloring in small increments until water reaches desired blackness.
  2. Pour black water into ice tray  and allow to freeze completely.
  3. While ice is freezing, pour 1 cup sugar into a bowl. Add 1/4 tsp. black food coloring to the sugar and use a fork to mash until fully incorporated.
  4. Dip the rims of your glasses into water, and then into the black sugar. Don’t put too much water on the rims, as it’ll cause the sugar to drip (which is nice and on-theme, but extremely messy). Add 1 or 2 cubes of black ice to each glass.
  5. In a separate pitcher (I used a large mason jar) combine the Pernod, blackcurrant cordial and water, and pour over ice cubes.
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