Halloween squid ink cocktail and mocktail ‘Dark Storm’

Dark storm (image Diageo)

A twist on the dark ‘n’ stormy for Halloween

If you are looking for inspiration for new Halloween cocktails then here’s a pitch-black drink, which uses an unexpected ingredient – squid ink!

That may sound difficult to come by but you can order squid ink from plenty of websites like Amazon etc. and you can also find it in selected fishmongers locally – it’s inexpensive, costing £1 or less per sachet.

Some local stockists:

The Fish Plaice, Saltmarket, Glasgow

Armstrong’s of Stockbridge, Edinburgh

Dark Storm squid ink cocktail (image Diageo)

Squid ink has a mild, sort of umami flavour that could be used to make other cocktails, that you want to look pitch black.

The Dark Storm squid ink cocktail

This creepy looking cocktail created by Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch cocktail expert, Pritesh Mody, the ‘Dark Storm’ is his spooky, creepy take on the classic dark ‘n’ stormy so ideal for any Halloween parties you have planned.



  • 50ml Seedlip Grove 42 (or another clear spirit like vodka or gin for an alcoholic version)
  • 20ml Lime Juice
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Black Squid Ink
  • 150ml Ginger Beer
  • Dry shake (ie. without ice) the Seedlip, Lime Juice and Squid Ink
  • Add ice and continue to shake until cold
  • Strain the liquid into an ice-filled highball glass
  • Top with Ginger Beer
  • Garnish with a strip of Nori Seaweed (or a Lemon Wedge)

Click to watch Pritesh creating the Dark Storm and here’s a selection of other cocktails for Halloween parties. We have other Halloween cocktail recipes here too.

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