Spooky Spirited Concoctions

29 10 2010

T- 2!

Well, this is it. The final post in the Halloween countdown. I have to admit that this year’s countdown isn’t quite as fun as last year’s, but I tried to bring more variation to this year’s posts. But no worry, this is not a time for reflection, but instead, a time for partying, mass candy consumption, and dressing up in costume. Yes folks, in just a few hours, Halloween weekend will be upon us.

To celebrate such a monumental occasion, I am bringing you a blog post about something I have yet to discuss: Halloween themed alcoholic beverages. I’m ending this countdown with a drink… or two. I realize that many of you in the adult crowd will be opting for alcohol over candy this holiday, so instead of writing about candy (which I have done here), I am bringing you some kooky cocktails. Some of you might prefer the route of the easier cocktails to make. These can simply be done by making a clear drink and adding an orange hue with Orange Curacao or orange/mango juice. In the past, I have concocted a green slime-looking drink by using what may have been (among other things) orange juice and Blue Curacao:

But for all of you folks who want a more fancy cocktail, here are some choices. These are a few of my favorites (or at least, the most intriguing) from scouring the internet so you don’t have to.

First up is a specialty shot called the Wolf Bite. Basically the shot is colored both a bright green with a deep red swimming inside. As it is described: “The Wolf Bite’s stunning mix of neon green with a splash of blood red is what turns this into a gruesome shot.” This shot is pretty intricate, although if you have all of the ingredients, it doesn’t look too difficult to make, and I’m sure this shooter will be quite a hit. The ingredients listed are:

  • 1 oz LUCID® Absinthe
  • 1 oz Midori® Melon Liqueur
  • 1 oz lemon-lime soda
  • 1.5 oz pineapple juice
  • Drizzle of grenadine
This next drink seems pretty complicated. It is called the Candy Corn. It has a lofty list of ingredients, the first of which is an adventure in making itself: Kettle Korn-infused Gin. (Just wow.) The recipe tells you how to make both the specialty gin (it actually doesn’t look too difficult) and the cocktail you will use it in. Here are the ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 oz. Kettle Corn-infused Bombay Sapphire Gin (see recipe)
  • 1/2 oz. Moscato wine (sweet dessert wine)
  • 3/4 oz. home-made citrus peel grenadine syrup (see recipe )
  • 3 candy corns for garnish

Additional ingredients needed:

  • kettle corn
  • sugar
  • orange and lemon skins
This last drink was something I couldn’t resist including, mainly because of its name, Ghostbuster. This ain’t no alcoholic Ecto Cooler (although that would be amazing too, had the juice flavor not be discontinued in 2007). This is instead, a rather creative drink that seems to get it’s name by the effect from, “the drops of Irish cream [that] create a ghost-like figure in the middle of the glass.” The list of ingredients is pretty simple:
  • 1 oz peach schnapps
  • 1 oz melon liqueur
  • 3-5 drops of Irish cream liqueur
But it’s in the preparation that might trip you up. The drink calls for pouring, shaking, straining, and a careful hand to add the Irish cream into the glass, drop by drop into the center of the drink. So, if you have had one too many Ghostbuster drinks, maybe you should leave the production of this cocktail to someone who is more steady.
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Ok, well that’s all for this Halloween Countdown! I hope you have had fun counting down the days with me, and I can’t wait to do it again next year. Have a very happy Halloween!
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