Witches Blood

This Halloween cocktail is perfect for whipping up in a big batch for a crowd. An easy-to-make cocktail that mixes vodka, whiskey and lemon together to create a twist on a whisky sour recipe, but with the added sweetness of cherry. Serve a pitcher of this at your Halloween party, or add it to a punch bowl with some plastic spiders floating in it for a simple creepy effect. Or serve in a sugar-rimmed martini glass for a dramatically spooky sip. The possibilities are frightening!


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  • ½ cup cherry schnapps
  • ½ cup vodka – see note 1
  • 1 cup whiskey
  • cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cups cherry soda – see note 2


  • Pour the cherry schnapps, vodka, whisky and lemon juice into a pitcher.
  • Stir well with a cup of ice.
  • Gently pour in the cherry soda and stir carefully to combine.

To serve:

  • Either pour into a punch bowl for guests to help themselves or serve in sugar-rimmed glasses with a spooky spider garnish. (see note 3)


  1. If you can find black vodka it would be great here, it makes the color much more dramatic. You could add a drop of black food coloring to normal vodka if you want the darker color. (see post for pictures)
  2. The darker your cherry soda the darker your cocktail will be. I bought a black cherry soda for these photos.
  3. How to sugar rim a glass:
    • Squeeze some lemon juice into a saucer
    • OPTIONAL STAGE: Add some food coloring, be generous you want the color to be quite intense.
    • Mix it with a cocktail stick.
    • Dip the glass into the saucer.
    • Dip the coated glass into a saucer of fine sugar.
    • The food coloring will seep into the sugar giving it an colored hue.