When it comes to Halloween there are more than one way to skin a black cat. Adults like to have fun too; and dressing to frighten is only one element of a good party. You must have an interesting menu and cocktails that get the living and the deads attention. Here is some help with the libations; The Vampire’s Kiss is a tantilizing martini with a twist, a licorice twist that is. Blood oranges; should be available in specialty food shops or use regular navel oranges and a little red food coloring. The Blood Transfusion is a bright red Cosmo that will keep any vampire refreshed troughout the evening. Try an all black cocktail that is dark and mysterious, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Ice Cubes of Doom will be the talk of your party. No Halloween event would be complete without a Swamp Water Mojito, use a good rum and fresh mint for this punch bowl concoction. For a special effect fill a plastic glove with water and green food coloring and float on top for that spooky look. Have a goulishly good time.
Vampire’s Kiss Martini
1 part raspberry liqueur, such as Chambord
1 part good quality vodka
1 part Champagne
licorice, and blood orange slice, for garnish
1. Layer raspberry liqueur, vodka, and Champagne in order, in a fluted or martini glass.
2. Garnish with licorice across top of glass, and blood orange slice.
1 slice blood orange
sugar, for rimming glass
1 ounce vodka
2 ounces triple sec
1 ounce freshly squeezed blood orange juice
½ ounce pomegranate juice
1. Run a slice of blood orange around the rim of a chilled martini glass. Dip the rim in sugar and turn until well coated.
2. Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds, then strain into the rimmed glass.
3. Garnish with blood orange slice and serve.
Creature from the Black lagoon
4 ounces vodka
2 ounces Rosemary lemon syrup
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Ice cubes of doom
1. Heat 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 whole lemon squeezed and 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, strain and cool.
2. Combine vodka, syrup, and juice in a cocktail shaker, stir to combine. Add seltzer, and divide between two glasses filled with licorice ice cubes.
3. Serve immediately or make serving multiple cocktails easier, multiply and mix the vodka, syrup, and lemon juice in a pitcher. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve up to 3 hours. Pour mixture into glasses over licorice ice cubes, then top with seltzer water.
Note: As ice cubes melt coctail will turn dark black.
Ice cubes of doom
2 tablespoons star anise
2 to 4 drops black food coloring
1. Bring the water and star anise to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat; let cool 30 minutes.
2. Strain through a fine sieve (discard solids), then stir in food coloring. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.
Swamp water Mojitos
2 1/2 cups vodka
3 cups club soda
2 cans frozen limeade concentrate
1/4 cup mint leaves
1/3 cup superfine sugar
1/2 cup sugar
12 1/2 cups water
1. In a small pot, combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water.
2. Boil until sugar has dissolved, set aside and let cool.
3. Pour the cooled sugar syrup into a large punch bowl.
4. Add the mint leaves to the syrup, and muddle together.
5. Add the vodka, club soda, limeade concentrate, 12 cups of water and superfine sugar.
6. Stir all ingredients together until well combined.