Friday Fright Nightcaps-Boozy Cherry Shakes

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.

Boozy Cherry Shake

INGREDIENTS:

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

INSTRUCTIONS

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: Half-Zombie Cocktail

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.

Half-Zombie cocktail in Tonga Hut 2017 commenrative glass

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.

Half-Zombie cocktail in Tonga Hut 2017 commenrative glass

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!

Friday Fright Nightcaps – Frankenstein’s Martini

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.

Frankenstein’s Martini by HalloweenKristy

INGREDIENTS:

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.

Frankenstein’s Martini ingredients by HalloweenKristy

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!

Frankenstein’s Martini by HalloweenKristy

Friday Fright Nightcaps: Spooky Spicy Halloween Margaritas

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!

www.halloween-haiku.com
Spooky Spicy Halloween Margarita 3

INGREDIENTS:

  • 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

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Put ice, blood orange mix, orange juice, lime juice, Agave syrup, hot sauce, and tequila in a blender and blend well.
  2. Pour into glass
  3. Garnish with black salt rim or fresh fruit (optional)
www.halloween-haiku.com
Spooky Spicy Halloween Margarita Ingredients

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.

www.halloween-haiku.com
Spooky Spicy Halloween Margarita @HalloweenKristy

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!

Friday Fright Nightcaps: Samhain Apple-Spiced Sangria (S.A.S.S.)

Add a little S.A.S.S. to your Halloween with this delicious autumn sangria.

Samhain Apple Spiced Sangria

INGREDIENTS:

1 bottle red wine
1 bottle sparkling apple cider (Martinelli’s)
1 cup spiced rum
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 pear
1/2 apple
1/2 orange
1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries

Directions:

Place the sliced fruit (pear, orange, apple slices, etc.) in the bottom of a pitcher.

Add the red wine, apple cider, spiced rum, and cinnamon sticks. Stir well. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours.

This recipe is highly modifiable. I find Red Blends and Cabs are best, but any wine will work. Switch out the rum with brandy for less spice. Choose different fruit if you’d like.

Samhain Apple Spiced Sangria

Happy Halloween!

Friday Fright Nightcaps: A Mummy’s Dream

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.

A Mummy’s Dream

INGREDIENTS:

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.

Friday Fright Nightcaps: The Sweetest Black Cat

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.

INGREDIENTS:

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!

Recipe of the month-Xmas Edition: Elder-Cranberry Margarita

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!

INGREDIENTS:

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.

Recipe of the Month – November: Apple-Cider Mimosas

Freshen up the holidays with this recipe for Apple-Cider Mimosas.

INGREDIENTS:  

  •  3 oz Apple Cider (real or pressed cider, not sparkling or alcoholic)
  • 3 oz Prosecco or sparkling wine
  • 1/2 oz Vodka

Rim and Garnish (optional):

  • 1 tbsp Caramel topping
  • 2 tbsp Cinnamon sugar
  • Apple slices

Switch up the recipe by adding pressed or real pear cider in place of apple.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday Fright Nightcaps: The Haunted Grey Lady

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.

Behold, The Haunted Grey Lady, an original drink recipe featuring Kraken Black Roast Coffee Rum.

The Haunted Grey Lady by Halloween Kristy

INGREDIENTS:

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

The Haunted Grey Lady with White Chocolate Shavings

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 Haunted Grey Lady with Whipped Cream

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

The Haunted Grey Lady with White Chocolate

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!