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Spooky Halloween Cocktails

'Tis the season to be spooky! With Halloween on the horizon, we want to whip up two cocktail recipes to add a little festive fear to your holiday hauntings.

As many restaurant owners decide to lean away from the typical spooky Halloween appetizers/ desserts, we thought it would be the perfect time to mix, explore and scare our guests with brilliant cocktails. So what type of mystical cocktails have we created a week before the gulls and goblins come out to play?

We like to focus on the fact that Halloween can be an exciting holiday for adults just as much as it can be for kids. You can still get dressed up, go out on the town, hop door to door, and run around with your friends late into the night regardless of whether you're 12 or 21. But the odds are that a 21-year-old is probably not that interested in candy — they're interested in bars. So to make sure your business is on the map for all the Halloween bar tours, here are a few eye-catching drinks you can use to catch some extra attention.

Satan's Whiskers

A great starter to get everyone in the holiday spirit, especially for all the customers showing up in little red horns, Satan's Whiskers is a tasty, tangy, and sweet cocktail made with gin, two kinds of vermouth, orange juice, orange curacao, and orange bitters. Like a balanced breakfast, this drink is pretty heavy on the citrus. Unlike a balanced breakfast, the citrus tastes better with vermouths. Depending on what kind of vermouth you use, you could also get hints of caramel, herbs, and even tree bark to bring the whole drink alive in a comfortable tapestry of flavor with a little kick. It actually tastes the way a sunset looks.

Brain Hemorrhage

It's unclear whether this drink is named after its appearance or the prerequisite to wanting one, but the Brain Hemorrhage is hands-down the grossest drink on this list. Start it out with peach schnapps and float on some Bailey's Irish cream. The Bailey's will congeal fairly quickly, and it's supposed to — that's what gives this drink the bloodied, clumped appearance at the bottom of the glass. Top it off with a little bit of grenadine for just that extra touch of disgust and serve. A Brain Hemorrhage can be served as a shot or a martini, but it's probably a better idea to give it as a shot just so a customer doesn't have a chance to think about what they're drinking. (They'll probably need a few Whiskers and Bayous to want a Hemorrhage.) But in all seriousness, it's a decent shot. - The verdict is still out on whether or not it tastes like brains.


Vampire’s Kiss

1.5 ounces vodka

1.2 ounce orange liqueur

1 teaspoon superfine sugar

.75 ounce freshly-squeeze lemon juice

Red gel frosting for garnish. Begin by rimming a martini glass with red gel frosting. Add two drips down the glass to mimic a vampire’s favorite beverage. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, orange liqueur, sugar, and lemon juice. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared martini glass.

All of these cocktails are sure to impress your guests and can served through the entire week leading up to Halloween. We recommend that you try the drinks, add your own personal touch on them and truly enjoy the season with everyone coming into your establishments.


2016-10-25 00:00:00
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