The Witching [Happy] Hour

You guys… I have the perfect drink for your upcoming Halloween party! The best part? It looks SUPER creepy AND is low maintenance. WIN. WIN.

I spent quite a bit of time scouring the internet to try and find something that wasn’t so full of sugar that you felt sticky just looking at it. Luckily, I happened across this beauty courtesy of HGTV. It felt pretty perfect, so I added my own little twist and gave the sucker a new name. “Black Magic” just didn’t feel right, so, without further adieu: my Witches Brew:



  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 2-3 oz black vodka*

Step 1 is to combine the OJ, triple sec and lemon juice in a shaker with ice, and pour or strain into your glass. (Tip: I used medium pulp orange juice because I think the floaties make it creepier, but it’s totally bartender’s choice!). From there, slowly pour the black vodka over the back of a spoon so that it settles on top of the OJ mixture. I opted to garnish with an orange slice dipped in black food coloring, and a straw that reminded me of witches tights.

And that’s it! Now you have a tried-and-true tasty drink (since it’s basically a screwdriver) that people will love. It won’t take you hours to make, and if anyone spills it on your kitchen floor, you won’t be trying to get rid of the stickiness for days.

Now, I bet you’re wondering why I decided to rename it. Well… because it looks awesome when you make it, but you probably don’t want to drink it that way. (If you did, you’d basically be sipping straight vodka by the time you got to the bottom, and that just doesn’t taste as good in my opinion.) However, when you stir it up… it starts looking like a nasty potion of some kind. With that in mind, Witches Brew just felt more fitting.

Happy Halloween everyone! Go get your spook on!


In case you were wondering, this is what it looks like all mixed up… kind of gross, right? Good thing it still tastes great!
My productivity saboteur decided to make an appearance. Luckily she's the perfect prop for Halloween!
My productivity saboteur decided to make an appearance. Luckily she’s the perfect prop for Halloween!

*Scratching your head wondering where the heck to I get black vodka? Scratch no more! It’s crazy easy to make. Here’s the how-to. Or, if you’re feeling a bit lazy and don’t want to click on the link: the food coloring ratio for 1 750ml bottle is 10 drops blue, 10 drops red, 9 drops green. You’re welcome 🙂

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