The Black Widow Cocktail is a dark, shimmery, and deceptively sweet cocktail. It is the perfect spooky sipper for Halloween and the next instalment of my Marvel Cocktail Series. It's made with gin, crème de mûre, and black sesame syrup. It's sweet, a little nutty, and visually awesome.

The Black Widow Cocktail




Yield 2 drinks

A dark, shimmery, and deceptively sweet cocktail that is sure to be a hit this Halloween! 


To make the black sesame syrup:

To make the black widow cocktail:


To make the black sesame syrup:

  1. Toast the black sesame seeds in a saucepan over a medium heat, for about 2 minutes, keeping them moving all time. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Blend the seeds until they are a powder, set aside. 
  3. Put the sugar, water and lime zest in a small saucepan and bring to a low simmer, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. 
  4. Add the black sesame seed powder and bring to a boil. Let bubble for 2 minutes. 
  5. Remove from the heat and leave to cool completely.
  6. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, and then again through cheesecloth, so you have a smooth and silky syrup. It will be quite thick.
  7. Stir in the vodka. It will keep in the fridge for up to three months.

To make the black widow cocktail:

  1. Put all the cocktail ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously for 60 seconds.
  2. Add three ice cubes, and shake again for 30 seconds or until cocktail feels cold through the shaker. 
  3. Strain into cocktail/martini glasses
  4. Sprinkle some black lustre dust on top. 
  5. Serve immediately. 


*You can use store bought crème de mûre/blackberry liqueur or make your own, I have a really easy recipe here - just note, it takes 48 hours to make so make sure you plan ahead of time. 

** Egg whites with the lion stamp (in the UK) are generally considered okay to consume raw unless you have a suppressed immune system (young children are also not supposed to have raw egg, but they shouldn't be drinking cocktails anyway!). Just make sure to use fresh eggs! However, if raw egg worries you, you can buy pasteurised egg whites in cartons - it's usually somewhere in the dairy aisle. 

***Lustre dust, or petal dust, is an edible powder used in cake decorating. I use the Sugarflair brand which is gluten free, make sure to check the label if you buy a different brand. You can get it on Amazon here (affiliate link)


Calorie information is generated using an app and may not be accurate, it should be used for a estimate only. 



Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 drink

Amount Per Serving

Calories 336

% Daily Value

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Recipe by A Tipsy Giraffe at