Witch's Brew Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Witch's Brew cocktail is a mysterious and enchanting concoction, often associated with Halloween festivities and magical gatherings. It is said to have been first created by a coven of witches in the early 19th century, as a way to celebrate the full moon and harness its power. The recipe has since been passed down through generations and has become a popular choice for those seeking a bewitching and spellbinding experience.

  • Origins in the 19th century
  • Associated with Halloween and witchcraft
  • Celebrates the full moon

How Witch's Brew Tastes?

The Witch's Brew cocktail is a delightful mix of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors, with a hint of herbal and earthy undertones. The combination of ingredients creates a well-balanced and enchanting taste that is both refreshing and invigorating.

Interesting facts about Witch's Brew

  • The Witch's Brew is often served in a cauldron or a glass with a smoky effect, adding to its mystical allure
  • Some variations of the cocktail include dry ice, giving it a bubbling and smoking appearance
  • The cocktail is often garnished with edible flowers, herbs, or fruit, adding to its magical presentation


A few good options for Witch's Brew are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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A few good options for Witch's Brew are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Vodka (1.5oz)

Vodka serves as the backbone of the cocktail, providing a strong, clean base that allows the other flavors to shine through. Not too much, or it'll overshadow the subtleties; not too little, or the drink loses its kick. Skip it and your brew might feel more like a soft potion than a witch's concoction.

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Green Apple Schnapps (0.5oz)

This adds a candy-like sweetness and a crisp apple profile that whispers of haunted orchards. Too much, and it's like biting into a sugary apple spell; too little, and the magic fades. Substitute with pear schnapps for a different kind of enchantment.

Emma Rose

Lemon Juice (0.5oz)

Lemon juice is the acidic flick that balances the sweetness, preventing it from becoming cloying. Overdo it, and the brew turns sour; underdo it, and it loses its zing. A twist of lime could dance a similar tart step in a pinch.

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Simple Syrup (0.5oz)

Simple syrup is the sweet whisper in the dark, ensuring harmony among the spirits. An excess might lead to a cloying concoction, whereas too little might leave you in the bitter grasp of the night. Honey syrup could be a spellbinding alternative, offering a richer sweetness.

Mary Mitkina

Blue Curacao (0.5oz)

Blue Curacao brings an exotic, citrusy depth and a haunting blue hue that's as mysterious as a foggy twilight. Too much could make your brew too citrusy and overshadow the green apple notes; too little, and your potion lacks depth. Swap with Triple Sec if you dare, but lose the bewitching blue.

Emma Rose

Ginger Ale (2oz)

The fizz and zing of ginger ale invoke a refreshing sparkle that animates the elixir. Too much and the cocktail gets diluted; skimp on it and the spell is a bit too potent without enough effervescence. Sparkling water could step in for a less spicy fizz.

Alex Green

Ice (1 cup)

Ice chills the brew, locking in flavors and sharpness. Without it, the potion would be tepid and lackluster. Using crushed ice can make the drink colder and more dilute quicker.

Mary Mitkina

Edible Flowers (3)

Edible flowers add an otherworldly aesthetic, but they're also more than just a pretty face - their subtle floral notes can complement the overarching theme of fresh and mystical. Skip them, and while the potion works just fine, it loses a bit of its charm. No real substitute exists for their enchantment, though a twist of an orange peel could attempt to cast its own spell.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Witch's Brew Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add the vodka, green apple schnapps, lemon juice, simple syrup, and blue curacao
  3. Shake well until chilled
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with fresh ice
  5. Top with ginger ale
  6. Gently stir to combine
  7. Garnish with edible flowers

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all ingredients are well mixed
  • Use fresh lemon juice for a more vibrant flavor
  • Garnish with edible flowers for a magical presentation

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

Pairing the right food with a Witch's Brew cocktail can enhance the flavors of both the drink and the dish. Here are some go-to matching suggestions:


  • Cheese Platters: With a mix of sharp, creamy, and blue cheeses. The fruity and slightly sweet notes of the cocktail complement the flavors of the cheese.
  • Fried Calamari: The crispness of the calamari paired with the acidic and bright flavors of the cocktail is a match made in heaven.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: The lemon juice in the cocktail adds a refreshing twist that cuts through the fattiness of the skin.
  • Spicy Asian Dishes: The ginger ale component provides a refreshing counterbalance to the heat.


  • Apple Pie or Tart: Echoing the green apple schnapps flavor in the cocktail, a perfect fall pairing.
  • Lemon Sorbet: To cleanse the palate and to mirror the citrus notes from the lemon juice.


  • Chilled water with cucumber or a non-alcoholic ginger beer to maintain palate freshness between sips of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Witch's Brew

  • Vodka: Can be replaced with gin for a more herbal flavor
  • Green Apple Schnapps: Can be replaced with apple juice for a non-alcoholic version
  • Blue Curacao: Can be replaced with blue food coloring and orange extract

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Enchanted Blackberry Brew

Replace the green apple schnapps with blackberry liqueur, and add a splash of cranberry juice. The cocktail will have a deeper purple hue and a berry twist, making it feel like a beverage plucked from a thorny, magical bramble.

Pumpkin Spice Potion

Use pumpkin spice liqueur in place of blue curacao and garnish with a cinnamon stick. The flavor becomes reminiscent of a spooky fall evening, bringing comfort and warmth to those who dare sip this autumnal elixir.

Ginger Beer Spell

Swap out ginger ale for a stronger ginger beer, and add a sprig of fresh mint. This version is bolder and more robust, with a refreshing minty undertone that's perfect for those seeking a spell with a little more kick.

In case you forgot basics how to make Witch's Brew

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Witch's Brew

Can I make this cocktail without alcohol?

Yes, you can substitute the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic alternatives to enjoy a virgin version of Witch's Brew.

Is this cocktail suitable for vegans?

Yes, the Witch's Brew cocktail is suitable for vegans as it uses no animal products.

Why is it called Witch's Brew?

The name Witch's Brew likely comes from its association with Halloween and mystical festivities. The cocktail has a mesmerizing appearance and a unique blend of flavors, further adding to its witchy allure.

Can Witch's Brew be served at other occasions besides Halloween?

Absolutely! While it has an association with Halloween, Witch's Brew is a delicious and visually stunning cocktail that can be served at any occasion.

What food pairs well with the Witch's Brew cocktail?

Given its sweet and sour flavor profile, it pairs well with savoury appetizers like cheese platters, or even desserts like dark chocolate.

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