Witch’s Heart

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Cocktail History

The Witch’s Heart is a popular Halloween cocktail that was created in 2015 by Dini Kodippili, the recipe developer behind The Flavor Bender. The original recipe used a homemade shimmery blackberry liqueur that was meant to mimic the now discontinued Viniq Liqueurs. Rather than wait for an ingredient to infuse for a week, we chose to use raspberry and blackcurrant liqueurs, and we aimed to make it a little more balanced and sophisticated by going with apple brandy in place of vodka and adding citrus.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Raspberry Liqueur: This is a liqueur made with raspberries, sugar, and alcohol. We used Chambord Liqueur because it has rich notes of blackberries, blackcurrants, Cognac, vanilla, citrus peel, honey, and spices. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Premium Wild Raspberry Syrup in place of the raspberry liqueur.

Apple Brandy: This is a type of brandy made with apples, pears, spices, sugar, and alcohol. We used Calvados because it’s a high-quality apple-flavored brandy with notes of pear, apricot, and baking spices. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Escape Mocktails Non-Alcoholic Cognac Alternative and apple cider in place of the apple brandy.

Crème De Cassis: This is a liqueur made with blackcurrants, sugar, and alcohol. We used Maison Ferrand Mathilde Cassis Liqueur because it has a tart, bittersweet flavor. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Premium Blackcurrant Syrup in place of the blackcurrant liqueur.

Lemon Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lemon. We used freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Purple Luster Dust: This is an edible decorating powder that adds sparkle. We used Nomeca Purple Edible Luster Dust.

Blackberries: This a glossy black berry formed by multiple small fruits that each contain a seed.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Boston Shaker: This is used to shake ingredients. We used the Boston shaker from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Hawthorne Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is shaken. We used the A Bar Above Hawthorne Strainer.

Paring Knife: This is used to cut ingredients. We used the OXO Good Grips 3.5 Inch Paring Knife.

Juicer: This is used to juice citrus. We used the ALEEHAI Manual Fruit Juicer.

Tasting Notes

The Witch’s Heart has dark aromas of mixed berries and a taste that’s candy-sweet at first before being balanced with lemon and accented with slightly tart apple on the aftertaste. 

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Although decorative, glittery drinks aren’t typical for us, we couldn’t help ourselves with this one, and we’re both happy to say that the Witch’s Heart was just as spine-chilling in flavor as it is in flair.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“While I don’t normally go for cocktails that essentially exist to be decorative, this one was an exception! We made a few changes to the recipe that inspired this, and by adding the two different berry liqueurs along with lemon juice, we were able to make a sour recipe that was still candy-sweet in a good way and packed with delicious flavor. Even better, it was truly purple, thanks in no small part to the edible glitter.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“We tried the original version of this cocktail and found it to be way too candy-sweet. Even though it’s meant to be a kitschier Halloween drink, we wanted it to be more balanced, and I ended up loving the changes Alex made. Instead of homemade sparkly blackberry liqueur, we went with a split of berry-flavored liqueurs, and Alex also added some citrus. I agree that it’s so much better with those tweaks—so good, in fact, that I ended up giving it four stars. I would definitely make this again for friends during spooky season.”

Recipe

AuthorSips From Scripts

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 1 ¼ oz Raspberry Liqueur
 1 oz Apple Brandy
 ¾ oz Crème De Cassis
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 3 pinches Purple Luster Dust
 2 Blackberries

Method
1

Add raspberry liqueur, apple brandy, crème de cassis, lemon juice, and cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a martini glass.

4

Add purple luster dust to glass.

5

Stir for 5-7 seconds.

6

Garnish with blackberries.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ¼ oz Raspberry Liqueur
 1 oz Apple Brandy
 ¾ oz Crème De Cassis
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 3 pinches Purple Luster Dust
 2 Blackberries

Directions

Method
1

Add raspberry liqueur, apple brandy, crème de cassis, lemon juice, and cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a martini glass.

4

Add purple luster dust to glass.

5

Stir for 5-7 seconds.

6

Garnish with blackberries.

Witch’s Heart

Make It a Mocktail: Use Monin Premium Wild Raspberry Syrup in place of the raspberry liqueur,  Escape Mocktails Non-Alcoholic Cognac Alternative and apple cider in place of the apple brandy, and Monin Premium Blackcurrant Syrup in place of the blackcurrant liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Halloween Cocktails

If you like this Halloween-inspired cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Vampire's Kiss Cocktail Recipe

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Witch's Brew Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

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Poison Apple Cocktail Recipe

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Empress Corpse Reviver No. 2 Cocktail Recipe

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