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Usually parrots and bats don’t get along but this Halloween I’ve consulted with this flying rodent to get a well-rounded list of scary imbibements for the grown-up goblins.

 

As you may remember from a past article, one of my favorite drinks is the Mojito.  Derived from this drink is the Bayou Slime. Think of the Bayou Slime as a toxic Pink Lady replacing the gin with rum. The sludge is due mostly to the egg white, which will create a fantastic layer of foam on top of the drink and the moss is created by sprinkling mint on top. It’s an interesting cocktail, with the sweet rum and spice from the cordial syrup, which is a flavor you’ll soon be addicted to and the creepiness is a perfect fit for favorite Halloween cocktails

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Dark Rum
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 part Fee Brothers Spiced Cordial Syrup
  • 1 egg white

Preparation:

  1. Muddle mint leaves and syrup together, making sure to crush the mint leaves.
  2. Place all ingredients into a shaker.
  3. Shake until well-chilled and frothy.
  4. Strain into a chilled martini glass

Garnish with additional crushed mint leaves.

 

Bloody-tini

Bloody it is not, but it sure will get your guests to wonder.  It does resemble a cocktail glass filled with blood.  Take a French Martini, cross it with a Vampire, ditch the juice and add a splash of bubbly and you have given birth to a Vampire Kiss Martini.  The taste of the drink itself is anything but scary, it’s actually very elegant and something that would work not only for Halloween, but for Valentine’s day or any Champagne occasion.  For its intended holiday, it is perfect because the Chambord gives it a dark almost black color.  The blood rimmed garnish is made from the same kind of mixture as you’d use for hard candy and the directions are directly below the cocktail recipe.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz Vodka
  • 1 ½ oz Champagne
  • 3/4 oz Chambord
  • Top with fresh champagne

Preparation:

  1. Rim the glass as detailed below or cover with red sugar.
  2. Pour vodka and half of theChambord in a martini glass.
  3. Top with Champagne
  4. Pour the remaining Chambord over the back of a spoon to make it float.

* Drop in a set of wax vampire teeth to complete the look.

 

Blood Rim

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. Sugar
  • 1/2 c. Karo Syrup
  • 1/2 c. Water
  • Red Food Coloring

Directions:

Combine sugar, syrup and water. Cook without stirring to hard crack stage – which is 300 degrees F. Add food coloring.

Turn off heat. While the mixture is still hot, dunk the top of the cocktail glass into the mixture to create the red rim. If you need to do several glasses, keep the mixture hot so it lasts longer (instead of turning heat off, just reduce slightly).You can go anywhere from just along the very tip of the rim to part way down the glass – whichever you prefer. Flip the glass right side up to cool. The thick consistency of the mixture will cause “drips” as it hardens on the glass!

 

Sangria

The name even means blood and with its dark red color it is perfect for scaring up the perfect punch for your Halloween
Party.  The key is to make it ahead of time and allow all of the ingredients to meld together before serving.  Have fun decorating your punch bowl with fake spiders, cob webs (on the outside of the bowl), and you can even add creepy, edible garnishes by floating gummy worms and eyeballs.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles Sangiovese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 2 oranges sliced 1 sliced 1 wedged
  • 2 limes 1 sliced 1 wedged
  • 2 lemons 1 sliced 1 wedged

Preparation:

  1. Pour wine and juice into punch bowl
  2. Squeeze the juice from the fruit wedges into the bowl
  3. Toss in the remainder of the fruit slices and add the sugar.
  4. Stir. Chill overnight to allow flavors to blend.
  5. To serve, pour Sangria over ice in wine glasses

**To keep your Sangria from being watered down, take slices of oranges, lemons and limes and dip them in water. Put the slices in a plastic bag or container and place in the freezer overnight. When serving the Sangria, place frozen citrus slices at the bottom of the glass in place of ice.

Well, I hope you enjoy your holiday drinks.  As for me, it’s not really the costumes.  It’s not even the candy.  The real reason I love Halloween—it’s another excuse to drink!

 

 

 

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