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Black Magic Cocktail

fullsizerender-2   This is such a fun cocktail and it's delicious. The kids get candy, you get a cocktail - totally seems fair 🙂 The rosemary in this really throws a twist into this refreshing drink. Not too mention the vodka lemony kick! And we love love using black ice cubes, so fun! If you are not a licorice fan leave out the anise and just color some water with black food coloring and freeze. We have found that gel food colorings have the deepest colors but any will do. Have fun with this and Happy Halloween!!   fullsizerender-7  

Black Magic Cocktail

    This drink is clear when first poured, but starts to darken as the black ice cubes melt. To make serving multiple cocktails easier, multiply and mix the vodka, syrup, and lemon juice in a pitcher. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve up to 3 hours. Pour mixture into glasses over licorice ice cubes, then top with seltzer.  

Ingredients:

  4 ounces vodka 2 ounces Rosemary-Lemon Syrup 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice Licorice Ice Cubes Seltzer  

Directions:

  Combine vodka, syrup, and juice in a cocktail shaker, stir to combine. Add seltzer, and divide between two glasses filled with licorice ice cubes. Serve immediately. fullsizerender-5  

Rosemary-Lemon Syrup:

 

Ingredients:

  2 lemons 2 cups sugar 2 cups water 2 sprigs rosemary  

Directions:

  With a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from fresh lemons, leaving the bitter white pith behind. Combine peel plus remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain through a fine sieve, discard solids, and chill. Syrup can be refrigerated up to four days in an airtight container.  

Licorice Ice Cubes

 

Ingredients:

  4 cups water 2 tablespoons anise seed 2 to 4 drops black food coloring  

Directions:

  Bring the water and anise seed to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat; let it cool for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, discard solids, then stir in food coloring. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze. fullsizerender-1

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