Big Smoke Witch’s Brew

Big Smoke Witch’s Brew

Fire up those cauldrons, open your spell books and make your own Big Smoke Witch’s’ Brew for your next gathering. Blow your guests away this Halloween with a death-defying, eery yet hauntingly beautiful Big Smoke Witch’s Brew cocktail straight out of Morticia Addams’ Book of Spells. 

At The Johannesburg Distilling Company our Big Smoke Vodka crafters are skilled alchemists and herbalists, brewing an impressive array of potions, and experimenting endlessly to achieve artisanal cocktail perfection.

Loosely based on the Purple Hooter shooter, Big Smoke Witch’s Brew is a vibrant amethyst-coloured beverage incorporating our flagship Big Smoke Vodka as a base. This cocktail will likely endow you with the ability to find beauty in thunderstorms and other dark and stormy events, with a splash of optimism and dark humour to boot.

Unlike the violet-hued amethyst crystal traditionally believed to prevent intoxication, this drink most certainly does not. So, consume responsibly!

Impress your Grateful Dead coven with this dead easy recipe:


To rim the glass

  • 1 fresh lime
  • 3 drops purple food colouring
  • 1 tbsp sugar

For the cocktail

  • 120 ml Big Smoke vodka
  • 80 ml lime juice (for shots)
  • Replace lime juice with 1 cup Sprite (for a long drink)
  • 60 ml raspberry liqueur

Keep it short as a spooky shot, or replace the lime juice with 1 cup citrus soda (eg. Sprite) for a long drink. 


To prepare the glasses:

  • Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice into a saucer
  • Add the purple food colouring and mix
  • Place the sugar in a second saucer
  • Dip the glass rims first into the lime juice, then into the sugar

 To make the cocktail:

  • Pour the vodka, lime juice (or citrus soda/Sprite) and raspberry liqueur into a cocktail shaker and add ice
  • Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty
  • Strain into a glass and serve with crushed ice
  • Garnish with a slice of purple fig

Now, drink up my lovelies!

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