Recipe: Tales of Suspense #52 Cocktail - West Coast Food

By Marc Slingsby-Jones, bar manager, Café Medina

“Initially, I wanted to name this cocktail the ‘Black Widow.’ It turns out that’s a fairly popular name for a cocktail, so I channeled my inner nerd and the spirit of Halloween and came up with ‘Tales of Suspense #52’ — the comic in which the Black Widow superhero first makes her appearance.”


Vodka (1.5 oz)

Grand Marnier (1/2 oz)

Fresh lime juice (1/2 oz)

Charcoal syrup (30ml water, 30ml sugar, 1 pinch of activated charcoal)

Egg white (from 1 egg)

Mulled cranberry syrup (1 oz) *see below for recipe


1. Add egg white, vodka, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and cranberry syrup to shaker.

2. Give the mixture a good hard, dry shake (no ice).

3. Fill shaker with ice and shake a second time.

4. Double strain mixture into a coupe glass.

5. Wait for foam to form on top of cocktail then using an eye dropper with and toothpick draw a spider web with charcoal syrup.


Frozen cranberries (250g)

Sugar (250g)

Water (375ml)

Peel of ½ orange

Cinnamon stick (½)

Nutmeg (1 whole)

Cloves (3 whole)

All Spice (3 whole)

Vanilla bean (½)



1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook until berries begin to pop. Bring the mixture to a boil and allow to cool slightly before straining into a squeeze bottle. Store in the fridge, cool before using.

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