I had planned to get this out over the pre-Halloween weekend, but stuff.
I received a lot of cocktail recipes from different folks over the last week or so, and I really want to share a couple of them. I’m not so much of a spirits person – except for gin martinis and bourbon, neat – but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like the occasional cocktail. For instance, I had a truffle-infused martini (vodka) the other night that was a miraculous thing.
Before I get to the cocktails, I would like to share a couple of special Halloween memories with you.
One of my earliest was when I was in elementary school and the presidential candidate, John F. Kennedy, was there for a campaign stop. I remember being enthralled with JFK and wanted Mom to vote for him. Why? Because he was so much cuter than that ugly ol’ Nixon.
Another memory was when my daughter was about two and I dressed her up as a little farm girl. She had on overalls, her pigtails were wired so that they curled up, her cheeks were rouged and I had drawn in large freckles, and she wore a big straw hat. Every place we stopped – big brother Zach was a ghost – she was taken from my arms and into whatever house we stopped because she was so incredibly cute.
My most clear (and embarrassing) adult memory was when my ex worked for a promoter of an adult-themed Halloween event.
It was the Fetish and Fantasy event, and we worked the first one. We were ticket takers, but we had to be in costume. My ex was a pirate and since this was about 20-odd years and 30 pounds ago, I wore combat pants and a very sheer camisole. Improvisation works. After the crowd surged in, we finally got a chance to take a break and here are some of the sights we witnessed:
- A gorgeous, slim young woman wore only a thong, but had been spray-painted with something and looked as if she was wearing a tiger costume.
- I got an unexpected answer when I jokingly asked a Scotsman what he was wearing under his kilt. Let’s just say that I decided to wash my hands after he grabbed them to “show” me what was under his kilt.
- A woman came up to me, took my hands, and put them on her freshly-enhanced “pair.” “Aren’t they great?” she gushed. I was too stunned to react.
- We were walking behind a couple dressed as a priest and a nun. While he looked like a proper priest, she appeared to be way over-endowed as a skimpily dressed nun. As we walked past them, I realized that her bodacious mammaries, which were so large as to protrude on each side of her body, were actually hers. Homegrown? Who knows? All I know is when I exclaimed, “Oh my god! They’re real!!” my ex left me there. I don’t too much blame him I guess.
It’s now much larger and freakier, and I’m sure that I’d be overwhelmed. We worked a couple of them, and it was a lot of fun, but definitely for adults only!
At any rate, let’s get to the drinks! Enjoy!
Blue Ribbon at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is paying homage to Nightmare on Elm Street and serving up the Freddy Krueger cocktail. The Freddy Krueger cocktail at Blue Ribbon at the Cosmopolitan is made with Mezcal, Ginger Liqueur, Fresh Lemon and dash of hot sauce. Listed under the Over Proof section of the cocktail menu, the Freddy Krueger is a permanent menu item and is available for guests for $15.00.
And from Table 7 in New York (!!!) here is the recipe for Vampire’s Kiss.
Add Stoli Blueberry, Pineapple and Sour to shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini. Top off with pineapple and Raspberry Drizzle!
And Finally from HGTV:The ooey-gooey margarita will ensure your guests have a frightfully good time at your Halloween party. The blood red maraschino syrup adds the cherry ‘on the bottom’ while sugary green “goo” lends a creepy twist.
The ooey-gooey margarita will ensure your guests have a frightfully good time at your Halloween party. The blood red maraschino syrup adds the cherry ‘on the bottom’ while sugary green “goo” lends a creepy twist.
- 8 ounces vodka
- 4 ounces parfait amour liqueur
- 1 ounce blackberry liqueur
- 2 ounces tarragon simple syrup (recipe follows)
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 ounce lavender syrup, available at most liquor stores
- 4 lavender sprigs
- 8 blackberries
- dry ice (optional) Note: Always observe dry ice safety measures: Never touch dry ice with bare skin and do not swallow. purple sanding sugar for rim (optional)
Yield: 4 cocktails
1: Prepare the tarragon simple syrup by placing 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan.
2: Heat over medium-low heat until it reaches a low boil. Add two sprigs of fresh tarragon and reduce heat to low. Heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove tarragon and allow syrup to cool.
3: Place 2 blackberries on each lavender sprig and set aside. Tip: For best results, insert a toothpick through blackberry first to make a small hole for the lavender stem.
4: Cut and juice lemon. Strain to remove pulp, if desired. Add spirits, syrups and juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until very cold (about 20 seconds).
5: Pour drink into beakers, add a small piece of dry ice (optional) and a lavender-blackberry skewer. Note: Drink is safe to consume only after dry ice has completely dissolved.
HAVE A FUN (AND SAFE!) HALLOWEEN!