Last Updated on November 2, 2023 by Leah Hall
This Mary Sanderson Cocktail is a great drink for Halloween. What we call a Bloody Bramble, we made a fresh berry syrup for this great Hocus Pocus cocktail for spooky season!
Looking for the perfect drink for a Hocus Pocus Halloween viewing party? Look no further than this fun and easy to make Hocus Pocus Cocktail Recipe! This is the perfect sip as well as the other 2 drinks Winifred Sanderson’s Hocus Pocus Drink and Sarah Sanderson’s Sanderson Sisters Potion. Make all 3 for a trio of tasty sips that your guests during Halloween season will love!
We love Hocus Pocus with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Bette Midler, both versions. As a fan of Hocus Pocus, this drink is the perfect way to have a “glorious morning.”
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Hocus Pocus 2 and Halloween are almost here! Leah’s favorite Halloween movie to watch is Hocus Pocus and since the second movie is coming out we decided to make three themed cocktails to sip on as we watch both this year. The movie Hocus Pocus is full of Halloween spirit and is one of our favorite Disney Halloween Movies. It’s great for Halloween night and this sweet cocktail is the perfect Hocus Pocus drink recipe to celebrate with!
We based this cocktail on a Blackberry Bramble cocktail, which is a new classic drink. Usually made with Creme de Mure, this blackberry cocktail gets a twist for honoring Mary Sanderson and her vacuum broom. We love themed drinks, and the color in this Hocus Pocus punch is perfect for that magical look and color that Mary wears.
We think the addition of the dark berry syrup over crushed ice makes for some bloody drips in the glass, and makes it spooky. Especially with the skeleton glass it’s even more fun for Halloween or anything Hocus Pocus themed – any spooky glass will do. But, we love a rocks glass for this bramble at a Halloween Party.
This Bloody Bramble makes a Hocus Pocus cocktail recipe that tastes fruity and just a little sweet. Plus that gorgeous dark red added in is a spooky and witchy touch.
Blackberry Bramble Cocktail
A Blackberry Bramble is a classic cocktail made with lemon juice, gin and blackberry liqueur, Crème de Mûre. Our version of this cocktail contains some of the same ingredients, but we prepared it differently to give the drink a bloody look that is perfectly spooky for Halloween. This delicious drink is perfect for Halloween movie night and seeing the legend of the black flame candle.
A bramble is a refreshing gin based drink based on simplicity, and just 4 ingredients in this. While it is usually a a springtime cocktail, this refreshing combo of fresh berries, lemon and crushed ice lends itself well to fall sipping. The bramble is a cult classic, just like a Halloween movie marathon.
Dick Bradsell, then the manager of Fred’s Club, created this cocktail in 1984. The club in London’s Soho catered to famous clientele, including Boy George, Siouxsie Sioux and The Banshees.
He was inspired to make the bramble after sampling some creme de mure. The flavor brought back a childhood memory from the Isle of Wight, going through a prickly blackberry bush to get at the berries that others had missed. The blackberry bush is otherwise called a bramble.
Fred’s Club shared a kitchen with a restaurant that had a crushed ice machine; it would use crushed ice for seafood and oysters. So Dick incorporated crushed ice into the drink.
Ingredients for the Hocus Pocus Cocktail
This cocktail is made in cocktail shaker, not a mixing glass.
- Gin – we used a London Dry, but a citrus gin is great too in these fun drinks.
- Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice – fresh squeezed is best!
- Berry Simple Syrup – we combined strawberries, blueberries and blackberries for this rich colored syrup and the flavor is divine!
- Raspberry Liqueur – We didn’t have any creme de mure on hand, so we used Chambord, which is a raspberry liqueur instead. But, Creme de Mure would be lovely in this, so either will do!
- Crushed ice – necessary, so make sure to break up your ice. Especially if you want the “bloody” effect.
How to Make the Bloody Bramble
Without further ado, we will tell you how to make this easy cocktail! It’s not a bunch of hocus pocus to make this perfect Halloween cocktail. Simply make the berry simple syrup before had, with time to cool. Then, combine gin, lemon juice and Chambord into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with crushed ice. (Use a mallet and Lewis Bag to make the ice).
Once the drink is poured, then pour the berry syrup over the cocktail. This makes the “bloody” effect hence the name. Finally, garnish with fresh berries or Halloween decor if its served during the nights of Halloween.
What is Creme de Mure?
Creme de Mure is a dark purple liqueur made from blackberries. French artisans have been crafting creme de mure since the 1800s.
It is a velvety, rich, and almost jam-like liqueur with natural fruit sweetness and a little hint of subtle bitter tartness. It’s an aromatic liqueur that lingers. It can be a great companion to juniper, and as such, you will often find it paired with gin in cocktails.
Popular brands of Creme de Mure available are Gabriel Boudier Crème de Mûre Sauvages, Bols and Giffard. Echte Kroatzbeere is also a great one, but harder to find. It’s tasty though!
Tips and Tricks
- Creme de Mure – as we said above, it can be hard to find. Chambord can work in it’s place, or you can also use creme de cassis instead. Creme de cassis is made with blackcurrants. The flavor will be different with each – but the berry syrup is the star here really, so you just want something to bring out the great flavors of both.
- Berry Syrup – make sure to not shake the syrup with the rest of the cocktail, its great on the bottom of the drink. You want to drizzle it on top of the cocktail and crushed ice to filter through and create the bleeding effect. Once you are ready to drink, then you can stir. If you want a richer fall flavor use brown sugar instead of sugar as the sweetener. This will change the color slightly darker, but a brown sugar syrup is more fall flavored.
- Gin – we used a London Dry Gin, but citrus would also be tasty. If you want to switch it up even more and have more color in this drink, use Empress gin for a great dash of purple color.
- Vodka – if you aren’t a gin drinker, you can sub vodka for the gin, but then technically it’s a vodka bramble. But still bloody!
- Glassware – Like we said above, a rocks glass or Halloween themed glass is perfect for this cocktail recipe.
- Garnish – fresh berries are always an option. But if you want a Halloween flair – try a straw with witch hats on it, or a black cat, skulls, etc. Make some festive adult beverages!
- Citrus Juice – the original recipe calls for lemon juice, but lime juice will work as a sub, too. If you want a red color, you can always add a dash of pomegranate juice or cranberry juice, too.
- For a Crowd – these perfect cocktail can only really be made to order. It’s not a large format cocktail, as the ice melts fast, and you can’t put it in a punch bowl. Make each one as you can!
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- Bourbon Butterbeer Cocktail
- Halloween Oreo Brownies
- Vampire Negroni
This Bloody Bramble cocktail is the perfect Hocus Pocus cocktail! This one represents Mary Sanderson and her vacuum! Make this for Halloween or a Hocus Pocus watch party!
- 2 ounces London Dry Gin
- .50 ounce Chambord or berry liqueur
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- .50 ounce berry simple syrup
Berry Simple Syrup
- 2 strawberries, sliced
- 6 blueberries
- 2 blackberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Add gin, lemon juice, and Chambord into a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice.
- Since adding the liquid will cause some of the ice to melt, top up the glass with more crushed ice to have it slightly heaping.
- Pour the berry syrup over the top of the cocktail.
- Garnish with more berries or Halloween related garnishes.
Berry Simple Syrup
1. Bring all ingredients to a simmer over medium high heat. Once it starts simmering, crush the berries in the syrup.
2. Take off heat and let infuse for 5 minutes.
3. Strain out berries and seeds, let syrup cool slightly.
4. Store remaining syrup in airtight container in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
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Serving Size:4 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 246Total Fat: .2gSaturated Fat: .2gSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 24.4gFiber: .1gSugar: .6gProtein: .2g
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