For us food lovers, Halloween is one of the best times of the year to get creative with recipes. From hot dogs that look like severed limbs, to eyeball garnishes, we all love to play along and create something cool and magical.

We won’t get too science-y, but I’ve always been freaked out by dark matter and what it is (if you dare to go down the rabbit hole, be my guest!) so I thought I should totally pull those spooky cosmic vibes into the bar and make a cocktail worthy of an astronomical freak out.

This cocktail is black and dark and delicious. It’s really cool when you pour it as it get all magically swirly, like drinking some obscure potion. The flavors are quite mellow and nice for fall (fennel, vanilla, and gin). The whole things is pretty easy to make too but packs a cool punch of mysticism.

west elm gab recipe — dark matter cocktail

Dark Matter Cocktail
Makes 4 (you can make it as a big batch “punch” style if you want to or have everyone make their own).

    1 fennel bulb, trimmed and chopped, save the green tops for garnish
    1 vanilla pod, split in half
    ½ cup of sugar
    2 cups of water
    1 lemon, juiced
    1-2 tsp edible charcoal powder (available at most health stores)
    Citrus La Croix (or any other non-sugary sparkling water with flavor)
    1 small bunch of rosemary to garnish

west elm gab recipe — dark matter cocktail

west elm gab recipe — dark matter cocktail

west elm gab recipe — dark matter cocktail

west elm gab recipe — dark matter cocktail


    1. Place the chopped fennel, vanilla, sugar, water, and lemon juice on a small pot over medium low heat. Let the mix simmer for 10 minutes, stir in the charcoal (add a touch more if it’s not dark enough). Let the mix cool down completely.

    2. To serve, get some ice in your glasses, add 1 shot of gin and about 2-4 tablespoons of the charcoal mix (depends how intense you want it), then top with sparkling La Croix, garnish with bundle of fennel greens and rosemary.

    3. Serve immediately and don’t stir so that the dark syrup stays at the bottom.

Enjoy this dark cosmical treat!

west elm gab recipe — dark matter cocktail

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