Black Opal Drink Recipe : Everything You Need to Know

The days of ordering a plain old martini or Old Fashioned at a bar have long since passed. These days, we’re all about drinking new and exciting cocktails with exciting names and delicious updated flavors. Have you ever wanted to go to a bar or restaurant and try something completely different but didn’t know what to order? If you answered yes, don’t worry, because we’ve been there too. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with this drink, the Black Opal. 

The black opal sounds luxurious, classy, and intriguing, but does it taste good? After a few too many tests in the home kitchen, we can confidently say that it does! It combines sweet and sour flavors that will leave you wanting to order more. 

In this article, we’re going to walk you through what exactly a black opal drink is. We’ll also walk you through this cocktail’s recipe, what equipment you’re going to need, and the variations of this drink. 

Your curiosity is probably at its peak right now, so let’s get right into it. 

What is Black Opal?

A black opal cocktail is a simple drink that someone with a well-stocked bar can make in under ten minutes. It combines gin, vodka, rum, Triple Sec, blue curacao liqueur, lemonade, and blackberry liqueur. The combination of ingredients that we just mentioned might remind you of another commonly ordered cocktail, the Long Island Iced Tea. 

The black opal was invented during the Prohibition era when alcohol was in short supply. People were stressed and needed their drinks to hit harder than the average cocktail. A man fondly known as Old Man Bishop threw most of the ingredients mentioned above into a glass, and the black opal was invented. One of the best things about this drink that people have loved for several decades is that it is delicious and pleasing to look at. 

This cocktail gets its color from the blue curacao and the blackberry liqueur. If you’re not comfortable with drinking multiple types of alcohol at a bar or restaurant, we’d suggest that you test this recipe at home first! 

Black Opal Recipe

Here’s a quick list of all the equipment that you need to make the black opal cocktail. 


One of the great things about this drink is that it doesn’t require any fancy bar equipment. All you will need is: 

  • A tall glass
  • A stirrer or a tall stirring device, such as a chopstick or a marrow spoon. 

Black Opal Ingredients: What is in a Black Opal?

If you don’t want to get tipsy after only one glass, we would highly recommend that you measure out the alcohol according to the amounts mentioned below! However, if you’d like to get the party started quickly, you can increase the quantities according to your preference. Here’s a list of the ingredients that go into the black opal: 

  • 0.5oz of vodka 
  • 0.5oz of gin
  • 0.5oz of rum
  • 0.5oz of blue curacao
  • 0.5oz of blackberry liqueur 
  • 0.5oz of Triple Sec
  • 1oz of lemonade 
  • 1.5oz of sweet and sour mix 
  • Ice 

Please note that if you don’t want to buy a sweet and sour mix from the supermarket, you can make your own at home. All you have to do is combine equal parts of water, sugar, lime, and lemon juice, and stir till the sugar dissolves, and you’ve made a batch of sweet and sour mix.  

Instructions: How To Make Black Opal

  • To make a black opal cocktail, all you need to do is combine all of the ingredients mentioned above in a tall glass. 
  • Stir until they are combined, and serve immediately. 


The average black opal drink contains around 194kcal. 

Black Opal Recipe Variations

If you don’t have blackberry liqueur and blue curacao, then you can make yourself a Long Island Iced Tea. All you need to do is swap out the blackberry liqueur and blue curacao and replace it with half an ounce of tequila. You can also swap out the lemonade for a cola drink. 

Final Words 

In this article, we took you through the simple process of making a black opal drink. We also talked briefly about the drink’s history, the ingredients needed to make one, and how you can make a variation of it. Now, if you want to order something fancy at a bar, you know what to order. 

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