Creepy Cocktail

Creepy Cocktail

Halloween party guests will love sipping this cocktail, which is made with a combination of light and dark rum, pomegranate juice, a lime wedge, and simple syrup. Coat the rim of each glass with black sanding sugar for a frightening finishing touch.


  • Black sanding sugar

  • 1 lime wedge

  • Ice

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • 1 ounce light rum

  • 3 tablespoons simple syrup

  • ¼ cup 100-percent pomegranate juice

  • 1 ounce dark rum

  • Licorice spider, for garnish (optional; see Cook's Note below)


  1. Spread black sanding sugar on a saucer. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of a glass, then dip in sugar to coat. Add ice to glass.

  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add lime juice, light rum, simple syrup, and pomegranate juice. Shake 30 seconds. Strain into glass, leaving space at top. Gently pour in dark rum so it floats on top. Garnish with licorice spider tied to a stirrer.

Cook's Notes

To create the licorice spider, loop a 36-inch-long black licorice lace around three fingers four times. Remove fingers and wrap long end of lace around middle of bundle three times. Tuck loose end under last wrap and pull through to secure. Cut through the ends of the bundle to create dangling legs on each side.

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