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This dramatic cocktail offers a sophisticated opportunity to celebrate Halloween (Samhain) or just show how a hint of magic can brighten any social occasion.



  1. Rim a chilled cocktail glass with "Witch's Sugar"
  2. Combine vodka, Triple Sec and Curacao in a cocktail shaker with ice
  3. Shake well to chill
  4. Strain into rimmed cocktail glass
  5. Add a small pellet (or fraction thereof) of dry ice as garnish to produce a spooky fog [2]
  6. Serve immediately

Witch's SugarEdit

"Witch's sugar" is simply nothing more than black-colored granulated sugar with added flavoring. Its use is not only visual, but adds to the drama, as described below.

Making Witch's SugarEdit


  • 1/2 cup (8 oz / 240 g) granulated white sugar
  • 2-3 drops of black food coloring
  • 2-3 drops of flavored extract (anise, mint, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, vanilla, almond, coffee, or banana are recommended, though any extract may be used)


  1. Combine the ingredients in a zip-lock bag
  2. Knead and shake bag to combine the ingredients and break up any lumps that form
  3. If not black enough, add 1-2 additional drops of food coloring and repeat the shake-and-knead
  4. Spread in a thin layer on a baking sheet and break up any remaining lumps
  5. Allow to dry thoroughly, about 15 to 20 minutes. Sift or press through sieve to return sugar to its original texture, if needed.

How to UseEdit

The drama of this cocktail does not come from the fog, but from this trick: Prepare more than one batch of "witch's sugar", each with a different and contrasting extract (for example, anise, coffee and pumpkin spice).

When preparing several with's brew cocktails at the same time, rim each cocktail glass with a different-flavored sugar without being seen by the guests! (Under the bar, on the back bar, or even ahead of time.) Then prepare all the cocktails at one time from a single shaker in full view of the guests.

If the sugars are correct in their proportions, each drink will have subtle undertones of the sugars, with each guest having a different-flavored drink, yet they all saw the drinks prepared the same!

Uttering magical-sounding nonsense while shaking and pouring adds to the drama.


  1. Premium vodka, such as Gray Goose, is preferred.
  2. Handle with care!

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