I am kicking off “spooky” cocktail Saturday today with this Death Eater Negroni.

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If you’ve been reading HBH for any amount of time now, then you know that I am a just a little Harry Potter obsessed (leave a comment if any of you readers out there are as obsessed as I am). I grew up with the books and movies and I think I will forever love the series. Honestly if I could, I would forget everything I know about Harry Potter just so I could go through the books and movies again like it was the first time. Yes, I am that much of a freak…I mean to a point. I don’t have posters on my walls or own any memorabilia, I just love the series, and come Halloween time I LOVE creating a few Harry Potter themed recipes. Takes me back to my younger self, which at times I am very much in need of.

Last year I created this Forbidden Forest Chocolate Butterbeer Cake, the year before it was this Pumpkin Butterbeer Hot Chocolate, and the year before that it was these Death By Butterbeer Cupcakes. Over in the Half Baked Harvest Cookbook I have my very favorite Treacle Butter Apple Pie. So yeah, I kind of like the HP themed recipes.

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And moving along…

As mentioned today is the start of “spooky” cocktail Saturday. Every Saturday in October I’ll have a fun and spooky cocktail to share.

SIDE NOTE: from now until Christmas I’ll have holiday cocktails coming every Saturday…very excited about this.

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Today’s drink is a simple, but delicious one. A Negroni is a new to me cocktail, but after a little reading I realized that it’s really just a simple mix of equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. Normally, I am not too much into gin, nor is anyone in my family, but I really wanted to put a spooky October twist on this cocktail, so I added one of my favorite autumnal ingredients, a splash of pomegranate juice. Not only does the pomegranate juice give the drink a nice dark color, but it also adds some sweetness, which I like when paired with the gin. The best part though? This cocktail requires nothing fancy. Mix everything in a glass, add ice, and you’re done.

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The real fun comes with the dry ice. If you guys did not notice, I love playing with dry ice around Halloween and it was PERFECT for this Death Eater Negroni. I don’t recommend adding the ice directly to the drink, but I like to place the ice in water glasses around the drinks. I also colored each drink with the tiniest pinch of activated charcoal to give the Negroni a redish-black color. The activated charcoal (which is actually very healthy for you – see this article) is by no means a must, but it does create a darker, moodier drink that gives you that “death eater” feel. Also? My Old Fashioned Skull Glasses that I found via Williams-Somona helped a lot too…I highly recommend investing in these if you plan to make some cocktails this month, I love them.

Seeing as tomorrow is the start of October I am thinking you should be kicking things off with this Death Eater Negroni. It’s the perfect way to say hello to October, the month of all things spooky and haunted!

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The Recipe

Death Eater Negroni

A Negroni is a simple mix of equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. I added one of my favorite autumnal ingredients, a splash of pomegranate juice. Not only does the pomegranate juice give the drink a nice dark color, but it also adds some sweetness, which I like when paired with the gin. The best part though? This cocktail requires nothing fancy. Mix everything in a glass, add ice and you're done.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 0 makes 1 drink, can easily be multiplied

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) gin
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Campari
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) sweet vermouth
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) pomegranate juice
  • activated charcoal, for coloring (optional)
  • 1 orange peel and pomegranate arils, for garnish

Instructions

  1. 1. In a cocktail glass, combine gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, and pomegranate juice. If a black color is desired, add an 1/8 teaspoon activated charcoal and stir to combine. Top the glass with ice and garnish with an orange twist and pomegranate arils. 

    2. For a spooky effect, you can add a dying flower to each drink. 

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Have a great Saturday, see you tomorrow for another favorites post!