Halloween Cocktail: the Black Promise

Can you feel it in your bones? It’s Halloween, folks. Tonight, dark things stalk the land and evil is at large. The clink of a spectre’s chains, the slither of something slimy, the howl of a creature in the night. Perhaps our cocktail this week will give you some comfort…

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When it comes to Halloween, I’m usually a massive humbug. I sit at home with the lights out – not because I’m embracing the spookiness of the occasion but in an attempt to avoid Trick-or-Treaters!

I mean, why one earth should I give away my sweeties?!

Well, not this year. This Halloween, Mrs Romance and I will be embracing the occasion whole-heartedly. We’re even going to a dress-up party!

To see us through the night, we thought a special cocktail was in order. Something dark, yet sweet… and with our own little touch to make it different. This is our Black Promise!

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The Black Promise

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 x Mr Black cold filter coffee liqueur
  • 1 x dark crème de cacao
  • 1/2 x Cointreau
  • About a cup of white caster sugar, red and yellow food colouring to garnish

Here’s what you do:

  1. To make the sugar rim garnish, put a drop of red and a drop of yellow food colouring into about a cup of caster sugar and mix well until the sugar has turned orange.
  2. Put some of the sugar onto a plate, wipe the glass rim with a lime segment then dip the glass in the sugar.
  3. Pour the spirits (knock once for yes, twice for no) over ice into a cocktail shaker.
  4. Shake well and strain into the sugar-rimmed champagne bowl.
  5. Serve with a cackle, a rattle of chains or a good old ‘mo-ha-ha-ha-haaaaa!’

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Mr Black is an Australian coffee liqueur made with high-quality cold-drip coffee (here’s one of the other cocktails we’ve made with it). If you don’t have any Mr Black, a shot of strong coffee – chilled and mixed with a little vodka – will work ok.

If you don’t have any Cointreau, Grand Marnier would work, or just triple sec.

If you’re having trouble getting a good coating of sugar on the glass rim, try using a little honey smeared on the rim.

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Compared to last week’s Halloween cocktailsFor Your Eyes Only vodka martinis – the Black Promise isn’t as spooky by half. But because of the coffee, this drink would work well as a party starter.

Alternatively, thanks to the sweetness of the chocolate and orange, this would also work well at the end of your séance/dinner party.

Whenever you drink it, enjoy this cocktail… you never know; it may be your last! Mo-ha-ha-haaaaaaa!

What are your plans this Halloween? Do you get really involved or do you hide away until the sun comes back up? Tell us in the comments!

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Images by Mrs Romance.


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