With Halloween just days away, I wanted a cocktail that would chill your bones. Last week I set the mood with a spooky pumpkin punch, but this drink needed to be truly terrifying. First, I turned it as black as the sea floor. Almost unnaturally so. But you won’t find any food coloring in this drink . . . just a touch of squid ink got the job done. Are you scared yet? Yo ho ho, add a little spiced rum (I couldn’t help myself). Arr matey, don’t be alarmed. These flavorful ingredients more than mask any brininess of the sea. What you have instead is a devilishly sweet cocktail sure to shiver ye timbers!

The Blackbeard // HonestlyYUM

Photography shot with the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 digital SLR camera. Small in size, enormous in performance.

The Blackbeard // HonestlyYUM

The Blackbeard // HonestlyYUM

The Blackbeard // HonestlyYUM

The Blackbeard // HonestlyYUM

The Blackbeard // HonestlyYUM

The Blackbeard // HonestlyYUM

The Blackbeard // HonestlyYUM

The Blackbeard cocktail

A spirit forward spiced rum cocktail dyed black naturally with squid ink
Servings: 1 cocktail

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Start by adding the spiced rum, Fernet, and crème de cacao to your shaker.
  2. Next, add the squid ink. Careful, this stuff stains!
  3. Give the ingredients a hard, dry shake (no ice). This will help thoroughly incorporate the ink.
  4. Fill your shaker with ice and shake vigorously for a full 30 seconds so that your drink becomes cold and frothy.
  5. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with the chocolate stout.

NOTES

You can find squid ink at your local fish market. You can also try a grocery store with a good fish counter, like Whole Foods. If you're squeamish, feel free to substitute black food coloring.

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