Frighteningly good cocktails

October 29, 2009 

These Halloween cocktails are inspired by scare-fest movies and other creepy things of the season. As you sit around the fire telling ghost stories at your next Halloween soiree, stir a few of these festive drinks into the cauldron.

Bacardi Redrum: Place ice in a mixing glass. Pour in 2 parts Bacardi Gold rum, 1 part apricot nectar and 1 part lime juice. Shake. Strain over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Float on top 1 part Cherry Heering (Danish cherry liqueur).

Spicy sanguine sling: Shake on ice 1 1/2 tablespoons spiced honey syrup (see note) with 1 1/2 ounces vodka, 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier, 2 ounces blood orange juice (approximately 1 fresh blood orange) and 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Strain over crushed ice in a high ball glass.

Note: To make the spiced honey syrup, combine equal parts Spiced Honey Creme and water and simmer until the creme completely dissolves. Let cool.

Chainsaw Massacre martini: Drizzle raspberry dessert topping (such as Smucker's PlateScrapers) into a martini glass. Combine 1 tablespoon Amarula Cream liqueur, 2 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur and 1/2 ounce Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice schnapps. Shake over ice. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with gummy "body parts."

Bacardi Zombie: Shake with ice 3 parts Bacardi Superior Rum, 1 part grenadine, 1 part triple sec, 2 parts sour mix and 2 parts orange juice. Pour into tall glass. Float on top a small portion Bacardi 151 Rum. Garnish with fresh fruit.

Vampire's elixir: Dress strawberry syrup on the inside and rim of a chilled martini glass. Combine in a cocktail shaker with ice: 1.5 ounces SKYY Raspberry Infusions Vodka, 3/4 ounce white chocolate liqueur, 1 ounce half-and-half. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Garnish with vampire teeth.

Black widow: Draw a spider web on the inside of a chilled martini glass with raspberry syrup. Combine in a cocktail shaker with ice: 1 1/2 ounces SKYY Infusions Raspberry vodka, 1/2 ounce Triple Sec, 2 ounces pomegranate juice, squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Shake vigorously and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with plastic spider.

SOURCES: BACARDI, SKYY, MCT

FOR THE KIDS

Filled with gummy creatures and fish eggs made from tapioca pearls, this sweet, bubbly drink looks like something scooped up from a deep, dark bog.

Swamp juice

8 servings

1/2 cup small tapioca pearls (found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores)

Food coloring

4 tablespoons sugar

8 gummy fish

Seltzer water

Lemonade

8 gummy worms

- Make the eggs: Bring 6 cups water to a boil and add the tapioca pearls. Reduce heat slightly and boil the pearls, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes.

- Color the eggs: Divide the pearls, with the remaining water, between two bowls. Add 4 drops of food coloring (we used 3 drops of yellow and 1 drop of green in one bowl, and 4 drops of blue in the other) and 2 tablespoons of sugar to each bowl. Stir the mixtures, then allow them to sit uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes. Drain and rinse the pearls with cold water.

- Assemble the drink: Spoon 2 tablespoons of pearls into each glass and drop in a gummy fish. Fill the glasses with seltzer water, then add a splash of lemonade. Place a gummy worm around a spoon.

SOURCE: DISNEY FAMILYFUN MAGAZINE

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