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Spooky Cocktails with Scapegrace’s Black Gin

by Audrey Lee

Oct 8, 2021

Photo Courtesy of Scapegrace


Looking for a show-stopping cocktail for your Halloween party this year? Try Scapegrace Black gin. This spirit is the world’s first naturally black gin that changes color when mixed with citrus or tonic.


Founded by Mark Neal and Daniel McLaughlin, this gin from New Zealand won World’s Best London Dry Gin at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2018. The product uses no artificial colors or flavors. Aronia berry, pineapple, saffron, sweet potato and butterfly pea flower sourced from Southeast Asia have been artfully combined to give Scapegrace its signature black color and flavor. A pigment in the butterfly pea flower, called anthocyanin, causes the liquid to shift from black to deep blue, violet and finally electric pink when combined with an acid like citrus. Try these recipes for your spooky celebration.


Scapegrace Black Signature Serve

1 2/3 ounces Scapegrace Black

5 ounces tonic water

Green apple slices


Fill tall glass with ice. Add Scapegrace Black first, followed by the tonic water. Garnish with apple slices.


cocktail Black Gin

Photo Courtesy of Scapegrace | Scapegrace Black Signature Serve


Chokeberry Fizz

1 2/3 ounces Scapegrace Black

3 dashes hibiscus bitters

1/3 ounce egg whites

1 ounce fresh lime juice

½ ounce 1:1 sugar

Soda water

Dried plum or hibiscus tea


Add Scapegrace Black, bitters, egg whites, lime juice and sugar to shaker packed with ice. Shake hard for 10–15 seconds. Strain into highball glass with 50 milliliters of soda water in it. Garnish with dried plum or hibiscus tea.


cocktail Black Gin

Photo Courtesy of Scapegrace | Chokeberry Fizz


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