Brandy Rand

Thirsty Writer, Libations Marketer

Fun (and Frightening) Ideas for Halloween Cocktails

It would be sinful of me – as a resident of Salem and spirited drinker – to not talk about Halloween cocktails. Here are a few simple classics and modern favorites I spoke to Jordan Rich about on WBZ’s Connoisseur’s Corner (listen to the segments here):

Satan’s Whiskers

Satan’s Whiskers cocktail

Attributed to famous barman Harry Craddock of the Savoy Hotel in London, who published this recipe in his 1930 classic The Savoy Cocktail Book:

½ ounce gin
½ ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce sweet vermouth
½ ounce orange juice (fresh squeezed if you can)
 2 teaspoons orange curaco (Marie Brizzard is a great one to use)
1 teaspoon orange bitters
Shake all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker and strain in to a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Vampire Bites

This is simply a Bloody Mary served in shot glasses. I prefer mine with gin for a kick to cut though the tomato, but vodka is most common. A lemon or pepper flavored vodka works well here, along with a quality bloody mary mix. Aim for a locally made mix from Whole Foods or a liquor store or make your own (try this fantastic Grey Goose recipe).  Create a variety of “flavors” by doctoring up the mix with add-ons like hot sauce, fresh lemon, olives, black peppercorns, basil, relish etc. Flag each tray of Vampire Bites with blood types:  A+, O-, B+, A- to have guests choose their ‘True Blood’ type.

Witch’s Brew

Punch is the ultimate party pleaser and easy for you as the host. There are hundreds of punch recipes online, mostly consisting of a spirit (vodka, rum, cognac), fruit juices (pineapple, orange, cranberry), citrus (lemon, lime) and sparkling (champagne, wine or soda).  One of the best and aptly named is called Cape Fear Punch from Alton Brown of the Food Network. With a spicy mix of rye
whiskey, cognac, citrus and green tea it will do the trick (and treat)! The fun part is in the presentation: buy a black cauldron at a party supply store to serve your punch in, some dry ice to create smoking effects and fake plastic eyeballs and spiders to float in the brew!

Bleeding Heart Martini

This drink idea was adapted from Martha Stewart For those of you who are cocktail purists and love your gin or vodka straight
up (with a little dry vermouth, of course), this is the perfect way to add a little Halloween subtlety to a get-together. Buy and can of beets, drain them and roughly cut in to large chunks. Pierce your beet “heart” with a toothpick or tiny cocktail skewer and place in to a martini glass. Add your shaken, chilled alcohol and watch the bleeding begin.


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