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Black cat cherry cocktail

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  • Dairy free
  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Lactose free
  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • Wheat free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • Low fat per serve
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Complete your spooky Halloween party with this easy yet delicious Black cat cherry cocktail. This adults-only drink is spiked with cola, brandy and vodka.

  • Serves6
  • Prep time5 minutes
Black cat cocktail


  • 425g can pitted black cherries in syrup, chilled
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) vodka, chilled
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) kirsch or cherry brandy, chilled
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) cranberry juice, chilled
  • 1 cup (250ml) cola, chilled
  • Ice, to serve

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 807kJ/193 Cals (9%), Protein: 0g (0%), Fat: 0g (0%), Sat Fat: 0g (0%), Sodium: 11mg (1%), Carb: 20g (6%), Sugar: 17g (19%), Dietary Fibre: 1g (3%).

Check ingredient labels to make sure they meet your specific dietary requirements and always consult a health professional before changing your diet. View dietary information here.

Percentage Daily Intake information on our recipes is calculated using the nutrition reference values for an average Australian adult.


  1. Step 1

    Drain 1/2 cup (125ml) of the syrup from the cherries into a large 4-cup (1L) capacity jug. Reserve cherries to garnish. Add the vodka, kirsch and cranberry juice. Stir to combine. Add the cola.

  2. Step 2

    Half fill six serving glasses with ice and pour over cocktail mixture. Garnish with cherries.

Recipe tip

For a fun twist on the cherry garnish, try freezing the cherries on cocktail sticks and adding to the cocktail frozen.

Serve leftover cherries and syrup with pancakes, waffles or ice cream. Alternatively, freeze in ice cube trays and use in smoothies.

Chilling the components of the cocktail in advance ensures a crisp cold finish.

Use it up:
Leftover cranberry juice? Use it to make a cranberry cocktail like our cosmopolitan slushie or a citrus cosmopolitan. Any remaining black cherries can be used in our out-of-this world cherry coconut slice.

What is a black cat Halloween cocktail?

Halloween is the perfect excuse to get creative in the kitchen. From fun and festive themed decorations to costumes, it’s a wonderful opportunity to bring excitement to this once-a-year celebration with delicious cocktails for a Halloween party.

What’s in a black cat cocktail? Reminiscent of a cola soft drink, our recipe for a cherry cocktail – also known as a Black cat cocktail – is the perfect adults-only treat to serve this Halloween. Made from a concoction of cocktail cherries, alcohol, juice and cola, this black-hued Halloween cocktail sets an eerie mood with its striking colour and is one of the best cherry cocktails to add to your cocktail-making repertoire. 

The sweet and fruity flavours of this cranberry juice cocktail are incredibly simple to make. The recipe serves six for an easy beverage to make if you’re cooking for a crowd at your spooky soiree and to enjoy at Halloween party drinks.

Essential ingredients for black cat cocktail

If you love cocktails with cranberry juice, you’ve come to the right spot. For this cherry cocktail, you’ll need a few essential ingredients, including black cherries that are pitted and a clear brandy called kirsch. For an alternative ingredient, you can use cherry brandy in place of kirsch. 

How to make a black cat

If you have a cocktail making kit at home, perfect! The equipment you need to prepare this black cat drink includes a large jug, long spoon or stirrer and six cocktail glasses – plus ice! The spooky dark colour is achieved by combining cherry syrup, cranberry juice and cola, resulting in a visually stunning Halloween drink that will impress guests.

Don’t forget to add cherries for a cocktail garnish. And why not have some fun with Halloween-themed glasses, cocktail stirrers or even spooky shaped ice.

Love this black cat cocktail recipe?

Looking for fun snacks to pair with this black cherry cocktail? Check out our Halloween recipes collection. For more Halloween cocktails with vodka inspiration, see our selection of vodka recipe ideas.