Black Widow

Black Widow is a seductive and mysterious drink that combines sweetness and acidity with a deep, dark color to match its name. Its origins are shrouded in mystery, making it a fascinating subject for cocktail enthusiasts. This cocktail represents a mix of elegance and menace, just like the iconic spider it is named after.

Black Widow recipe

Not only is Black Widow notable for its unique flavor and color, but it also carries an aura of mystery and seduction that appeals to those who enjoy a cocktail with a story. This drink is often associated with Halloween parties and theme nights, making it a popular choice for those looking to add an element of drama and mystery to their event.


  • 6cl Tequila Blanco
  • 3cl freshly pressed lime
  • 2cl agave syrup
  • 3 PCS basil leaves
  • 2 PCS blackberry
  • Garnish with basil and blackberries

Step by step

Choose your favorite tequila for this cocktail, but be sure to choose a blanco over a reposado or añejo. The dry, peppery, earthy profile of an unfermented blanco provides a solid backbone to the drink, melding perfectly with the sweet berries and tart lime. On the other hand, a tequila that has spent time in barrels would have oaky accents like vanilla and caramel, which you don't want in this drink.


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The recipe comes from Duggan McDonnell, a bartender from San Francisco and the author of "Drinking the Devil's Acre: A Love Letter from San Francisco and Her Cocktails". He begins by mashing the blackberries and basil in a shaker, releasing the juice of the former and the sweet herbal qualities of the latter. This step not only provides a fresh flavor boost, but also produces the drink's bright red color.

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