Black Widow Cocktail


Another delicious Halloween cocktail, this time using the notorious black widow spider as inspiration! This Cherry Juice Cocktail uses Kraken Spiced Rum to create a spooky, black effect and a bit of red gel frosting for drama.

Kraken Rum Cocktail Recipe for Halloween

Over the years, I have shared over 30 Halloween cocktail recipes on Sugar, Spice and Glitter!

From glittery cocktails with edible eyeballs, to smoking cocktails, to chocolate martinis – I just love a good theme and a great cocktail.

Today’s Black Widow Cocktail is another stellar addition to our line-up. A sweet-tart cocktail with three different types of alcohol giving it a real bite and some amazing flavor. It’s like a crisp cherry pie with a rich, spiced finish.

(It also definitely works as a Marvel-inspired cocktail if you’re having an Avengers movie night! Check out our Captain Marvel cocktail to round out the drink offerings.)

What kind of cherry juice do I need for a cherry juice cocktail? I’ve used a variety to make this cocktail and they have all been delicious – just different. This time I used a cherry apple juice which was sweeter than using a tart cherry juice. I would go with your personal preference – whether you like your cocktails sweeter or tarter – or just use whatever you happen to have on hand.

How did you get the cocktail to have that black color without food dye? For this cocktail recipe, we used Kraken Spiced Rum which has a dark, almost black color. It gives this Black Widow Cocktail its signature black color without the use of food dye.

I often order my liquor from Drizly because they have a quick delivery time (sometimes within 40 minutes) and no expensive mark-ups. Purchasing from them supports local retailers, too. They have a great variety of Spiced Rums, Tequilas and Cinnamon Whiskeys which you will need for this recipe.

Cherry Juice Cocktail Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: by using Black Kraken Spiced Rum, we avoided the need for black food dye. If you use a different brand, you may want to add a few drops of black or purple food dye to achieve the dark color shown here.

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I really loved using my gorgeous Omishome Bartending Kit to make this recipe. The pretty bamboo holder contains all of the tools you need to make perfect cocktails, and those pretty gold tools add a touch of class to your home bar set-up.

How to Make a Black Widow Cocktail

Fill with glass with ice 3/4 of the way full.

In a bar shaker add 3-4 pieces of ice, rum, tequila and cinnamon whiskey. Shake well to combine.

Pour into prepared glass.

To decorate, use a bit of red gel frosting to create blood drips on the side.

Top off with Cherry Apple Juice.

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Black Widow Cocktail

Black Widow Cocktail

A spooky black cocktail using cherry juice and spiced rum - perfect for Halloween and inspired by the notorious black widow spider.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1.5 oz Spiced rum
  • .5 oz Tequila
  • .5 oz Fireball
  • 3 oz Cherry apple juice


How to Make a Black Widow Cocktail

  1. Fill with glass with ice 3/4 of the way full.
  2. In a cocktail shaker add 3-4 pieces of ice, along with the rum, tequila and cinnamon whiskey. Shake well to combine.
  3. Pour into prepared glass.
  4. To decorate, use a bit of red gel frosting to create blood drips on the side.
  5. Top off with Cherry Apple Juice.
  6. Add cherry and mint garnish, if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 332Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 2gSugar: 38gProtein: 1g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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