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Midnight in the Witch's Garden Cocktail (Sugar Free)
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

This Midnight in the Witch’s Garden Cocktail is sugar free, and the perfect spooky drink for your Halloween party! Activated charcoal and blueberries give this drink a creepy, black and purple hue. Combine with gin, fresh lemon juice, muddled basil leaves, and ginger beer for a refreshing botanical drink. Enjoy these drinks that look like they came straight from a witch’s garden at midnight this Halloween!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktails, Drinks, gin, Halloween, keto, low carb, sugar free
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 151 kcal
Author: Briana
  • 16 whole basil leaves (plus more for garnish)
  • 40 grams blueberries, fresh or frozen, divided in half
  • 2 ounces lemon juice, divided in half
  • 4 ounces gin, divided in half
  • 1 tsp activated charcoal powder, divided in half
  • 1 can diet ginger beer
  • ice
  1. Gently muddle about 8 basil leaves per drink in the bottom of each highball glass. Be gentle. You just want to release some of the natural oils in the basil, not bruise it! Set glasses aside.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, add half of the blueberries. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries. We recommend actually making each drink one at a time, because you don’t want to activated charcoal to clump up too much. Muddle the blueberries well.

  3. Using a heavy duty citrus squeezer, squeeze the lemon juice into a small pitcher or container. We actually like using this frothing pitcher because the spout makes it easy to pour from. Measure 1 ounce of lemon juice per drink and pour it into the cocktail shaker.

  4. Add in 2 ounces of gin per drink, and half a teaspoon of activated charcoal per drink. You might want to give the mixture a good mix with the bar spoon.

  5. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, and shake well. Strain into the glass, and then repeat the process for the second drink. Add more ice to the drinks to serve. We found this amazing skull ice cube tray that creates skeleton ice cubes. We found it very fitting for this spooky drink.

  6. Spook your friends this Halloween with this tasty drink! Please enjoy responsibly.

Recipe Notes

The recipe provided makes 2 cocktails. We do recommend preparing them one by one in a cocktail shaker, as the muddling of blueberries and activated charcoal powder can be tricky to work with.



Macros: Makes 2 servings, 151 calories per cocktail, 4 net carbs (1 gram fiber). 
We estimate these nutrition facts using MyFitnessPal and cannot guarantee the accuracy. They are provided as a courtesy. You should calculate your own macros, as nutrition facts vary from brand to brand. 



Activated Charcoal: Truthfully, this drink would be great all year long, but the addition of the activated charcoal to it create an amazingly creepy drink. Keep this in mind if you want to drink it outside of Halloween! Now we aren’t really able to give medical advice or anything like that, and activated charcoal is kind of a hot topic right now in the food world, but maybe this drink can even help you from getting a hangover due to its purification properties? Again, we don’t know! Something to ponder! Even if you don’t have activated charcoal on hand, this drink would probably still work well for Halloween because of the muddled blueberries, that create a rich purple hue.



Alcohol: We imagine this drink would taste great with any clear liquor you had in mind. We think gin is the best, as it’s botanical properties really complement the flavors in this drink, but we think vodka, tequila or rum would taste good too. You decide!



Blueberries: You can use fresh or frozen berries for this drink. We used frozen, that we handpicked on an adventure to Traverse City, Michigan over the summer! We simply warmed them up in a microwave safe dish for about 15 seconds so that they muddled a little easier.



Ginger Beer: We get a lot of questions about the ginger beer we use in our recipes. Diet ginger beer is apparently kind of hard to find in certain parts of the world! It’s actually a little difficult to find in Chicago sometimes, as only some stores carry it.

Our favorites are Drink Reed’s Sugar Free Ginger Beer and Diet Goslings. If you live in Chicago, we find the Goslings at Jewel Osco. The Reed’s we find at Trader Joe’s and it’s sweetened with erythritol. You can also probably find diet Barritt’s ginger beer at a store near you, or on Amazon. If you can’t find diet ginger beer, we think you could use diet ginger ale, but you might need to add a bit of sweetener, like SweetLeaf Stevia Clear drops. We aren’t going to say that this cocktail will taste exactly the same though! We love ginger beer, and think it adds just what a drink needs most of the time.

Now, if you aren’t low carb or sugar free, feel free to add regular ginger beer to this drink. Just note that the calories and sugar content will change significantly.



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