Happy Friday! Our monthly theme has been a werewolf summer. Werewolves are one of those monsters that can be both good and bad. Personally, I like stories told both ways. I believe in the love, power, and freedom of the wolf, a kindred moon lover. I can strongly identify with the what the werewolf represents to women, but I also believe there are demonic monsters hiding in plain sight. The cherry is a fruit often associated with goodness, innocence. sexuality, and fertility, so in honor of women everywhere, harnessing the power of the wolf, here’s a Boozy Cherry Shake recipe.
1/2-1 cup fresh chopped cherries 6 scoops cherry or french vanilla ice cream 2 scoops frozen whipped cream 4 oz vodka 2 oz spiced rum
1 oz maraschino cherry juice Couple of ice cubes
Chop the cherries and remove pits. In a blender, add ice cubes, cherries, ice cream, whipped cream, and maraschino cherry juice.
Blend until thick and smooth. Alcohol thins out the cream more so than a regular milkshake. Garnish with more whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
Sinister Saturdays have kinda become a hodge podge of recipes for Halloween cocktails and food, random thoughts, and angry mini-meltdowns that I mark ‘private’ the next day to spare myself any humiliation over my privileged tantrums. Lucky for you, tonight is a recipe in celebration of our theme: Zombie Spring.
I call it the Half-Zombie, cuz it’s missing like half the ingredients of a Zombie cocktail.
Ingredients: 2-3 oz dark rum 2 oz pineapple juice 1 oz cranberry juice 1/2 oz lemon juice 1/2 oz lime juice 1/2 oz pomegrante grenadine Dash of ginger ale
Optional Garnish: Mint, fresh fruit slices, pineapple, strawberry, lime, etc.
If there was anything truly sinister about this Saturday, it’s that I’m too damn lazy to go to the store to buy ingredients to make a decent Zombie. I apparently haven’t recovered from 2020.
I’ll admit this ended up on the sweet side, but sinister and sweet are what us Halloween lovers live for! Cheers!
It’s Frankenstein Friday! Last day in October is always dedicated to the mad scientist and his big badass monster. Today, we toast Mary Shelley’s brilliant gothic horror with a variation of a sour-apple vodka martini, called Frankenstein’s Martini.
2 oz sour apple mix 2 oz vodka 1 oz pineapple juice Splash of real lime juice
Mix all items well in a cocktail shaker and pour over ice, or not. I like my cocktails chilled like the dead.
I wish I knew a potion to instantly fill my empty bottles. I drank the last of my sour apple mix experimenting on this recipe!
There are only two weekends left in October and it’s time to kick it up a notch. No Halloween party plans, no problem. You can totally make your own party with this Spooky Spicy Halloween Margarita!
1 cup ice
1/2 cup orange juice (fresh or concentrate)
5 oz. Blood-orange margarita mix
1 tsp. lime juice
1 tsp. hot sauce (I used Franks Red Hot)
1 tbsp Agave Syrup
2-3 oz. tequila
Garnish with orange slices or lime wedges or black salt (optional)
Fast and Easy Black Salt Rim Garnish: 1 tablespoon of sea salt 4 drops blue food coloring 4 drops red food coloring Mix very well together
Add tiny bit of lime juice around glass rim and dip glass in black salt
Put ice, blood orange mix, orange juice, lime juice, Agave syrup, hot sauce, and tequila in a blender and blend well.
Pour into glass
Garnish with black salt rim or fresh fruit (optional)
As usual, this recipe is highly modifiable. Too spicy, add more juice. Want more spice, add more hot sauce. Want more alcohol, add another ounce of tequila.
I’ve heard rumblings that recipes with “premade” ingredients aren’t good recipes. Well, to that I say, congradu-friggin-lations on having your life in order long enough to make stuff from scratch, but the rest of us don’t have time for that. Now, move along, you’re blocking the blender. It’s time for Spooky Spicy Halloween Margaritas!
Why did the mummy go to the bar? Because he needed to unwind!
Do you ever wonder what mummies dream about during their long dust naps? As it turns out, the answer is… bananas! At least, that’s what’s in A Mummy’s Dream.
2 Frozen Bananas (Fresh bananas can also be used)
1 cup whipped cream
1 cup ice 1 1/2 oz Kahlúa coffee liqueur 1 oz vodka 1 oz spiced rum 1/2 oz cream of coconut 2-3 oz pineapple juice
Throw everything in the blender for 2 minutes, and voila, A Mummy’s Dream.
Garnish: Splash of chocolate or caramel syrup around the glass or on top Garnish: Maraschino cherry
A Mummy’s Dream is a sweeter, frozen version of a Dirty Monkey (or Dirty Banana). It comes out thick like a shake. This is highly modifiable recipe, according to how much sweetness or banana flavoring you prefer.
Happy October! All month along will be a celebration to Halloween Icons and I’m kicking off the official Halloween season with a tribute to the sassiest Halloween icon of them all, the black cat.
Say hello to my variation of a purple Martini, The Sweetest Black Cat, aptly named because of its sweet ingredients. If sweetness isn’t your thing, well, topping off with just a tad bit more vodka or ginger ale, to balance the flavors, oughta do the trick.
3 oz vodka 1 1/2 oz cranberry juice 1/2 oz blue curacao 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix 1/2 oz pomegranate grenadine 1/2 oz ginger ale (or 7-up/Sprite)
Please drink responsibily, don’t drink and drive, and have a safe and happy Halloween season!
Show up to the virtual Christmas party with a visually stunning drink, I call, the Elder-Cranberry Margarita! Let them drink all the eggnog, while you sip this cherry red margarita on the rocks instead. With only four ingredients, it’s a simple yet festive holiday drink. Cheers!
1/2 cup. Cranberry Juice 1oz. Tequila 1/2 oz. Triple Sec 1/2 oz. Elderflower Liqueur (St. Germain)
Optional Garnish: Salt w/red food coloring for rim
If the Elderflower is too sweet for you, you can leave out or use a tad bit more tequila to balance out the flavors.
The last weekend of October is always bittersweet. We’ve been counting down since September (some of us since July) and now, with Halloween less than a day away, there’s a sense of melancholy. I’ve been trying to find a cocktail that express both my jubiliation of the holiday’s arrival and my sadness over the Halloween season coming to end. Somehow, I ended up creating my own variation of the chocolate martini.
2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur 1 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur .05 oz. Kraken Black Roast Coffee Rum .05 oz. Vodka
Optional Garnish: Chocolate Syrup White Chocolate Shavings Whipped Cream
You make this drink as strong as you like it. If you want more kick, add 1 oz. of Vodka. If you want more chocolate, add 1 oz. chocolate liqueur or add more chocolate syrup inside the glass. You can even garnish with whipped cream, if that’s your thing.
The Kraken is what gives the drink it’s grey look. You can substitute ingredients with other brands of the liqueurs. I’m sure that’ll work just fine, but I wonder about the color. Please post your pics in Comments section or hit me up on Instagram or Twitter using @HalloweenHaiku9