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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.

Death Eater Negroni | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Death Eater Negroni | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

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.

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!

Death Eater Negroni | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Death Eater Negroni | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

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Death Eater Negroni

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories Per Serving: 189 kcal

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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. 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. 

Notes

Recipe is easily doubled
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  1. 5 stars
    Made these for our poker party last night, delicious! (Purchased but forgot to add pomegranate as decoration, oh well, I have to make it again today, I suppose, otherwise the pomegranate will go to waste)
    Thank you for sharing many new cocktail recipes, planning on trying more next week. As always, your photographs are amazing!
    Cheers, Tieghan!

  2. i am SO that much of a HP fan too! i wish i could read them all for the first time again….seriously the best.

  3. Hi Tieghan! Absolutely love the recipe and was wondering where you purchase your dry ice
    Thank you so much in advance!

    1. Thank you! My local grocery store carries it and I believe most grocery store do as well. Just ask someone to help you find it. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love this recipe! 🙂

  4. I need this drink in my life. My favorite cocktail, my favorite holiday, one of my favorite books……AMAZING.

  5. This looks so good and the fact that it’s HP themed makes it even better!! I’m a huge HP freak, too, and still sad that I never got my letter.

  6. LOVE the Harry Potter recipes. As someone who also grew up with the series, then the movies, I really appreciate the *grown up* Harry Potter cocktails!

    I would love to have a Harry Potter party – ultimate goals.

    1. You totally should have a Harry Potter party, that would just be the best. Also so glad you’re liking these Harry Potter cocktails, I had the best time making these! I hope you love them, thanks Libby!

  7. Tieghan, are you going to try to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway? Registration (to get a chance to get tickets) is open until October 5!

    I saw it in London and highly recommend it! I’ll be going again if I can get tickets for the Broadway production.

  8. I’ve been reading HP for such a long time. I remember how we had to wait for Book #5 for years. It was agony.
    The weather here has been perfectly spooky: very dense fog, windy and rain, rain, rain. If I had all the ingredients for this cocktail, I’d make it for sure.
    And I love creating Harry Potter themed recipes too!

    1. Just the perfect weather for this! Oh and yes waiting for that seemed like forever haha! Thank you Sirkku!

  9. Tieghan, I am loving everything about this post: the cocktail, the skull glasses, the dry ice (I mean… DRY ICE! ?) it’s all awesome. I’m a fan of the Harry Potter books, but never got into the films, I think they distorted the images of the world that I had built in my head!

  10. Hey Tieghan,
    I’m also a Harry Potter fan and recently made my mom and step dad watch all of the movies with me- before going back to college. It was my step dads first time watching the movies and I think I was more excited for him than he was. ?
    I like your new glasses and am looking forward to some more spooky recipes!

  11. I admit I’m not a Harry Potter fan (sorry lol), but this cocktail is amazing whether you’re a fan or not! Love the skull glasses too.