One of my most favorite things on the entire planet is themes.

I love hosting and attending parties. But if that party has a flippin’ THEME tied to it and I get downright giddy.

So one of the reasons I love the fall + holiday season so much is there are so many go-to themes all over the place. For Halloween, I decided it would be fun to bring a themed cocktail over to my parent’s house for a little girly get-together with my mom and sister. We baked, we watched Pride + Prejudice + Zombies, and we drank Black Widows !! Scary!

Actually, it was probably the least scary Halloween gathering in recorded history and it was perfect because I don’t do scary. Ever.

These took a bit longer to make than I anticipated because I had to cook and strain and mush all the blackberries, so I would recommend doing this step prior (maybe the night before?) to when you want to actually make them. But they are delicious and not too sweet and not too scary.

INGREDIENTS //

2 quarts of fresh blackberries (like 5 standard boxes at the grocery store)
Vodka
Ice
Toothpicks
Optional – Simple Syrup

 

DIRECTIONS //

Step 1: Boil most of those berries! Rinse them off and place in a saucepan with some water. Save a few for garnishing / snacking on when getting bored of waiting on the others to boil. After they are boiling, let them simmer until they get nice and soft, then place in a mesh strainer and squeeze all of the juice out of them (make sure you’ve got a bowl under the strainer, we want the juice not the crushed berries!)

Step 2: Fill a glass of your choice with the juice and ice, one (or two ;D) shots of vodka and stir. You can choose to add a shot of simple syrup as well if you prefer a sweeter sip, but I found the natural blackberry sweetness to be just right.

Step 3: Skewer a couple berries with a toothpick, lay across the top of your glass for garnish, and then go mingle with your new spooky beverage!

See? So easy.

xx

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