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halloween cocktails to scare your liver 
Oct. 28, 2009 10:35 am 
Updated: Oct. 29, 2009 8:06 am
I don’t do well at Halloween parties. I don’t know why. They should be easy. Halloween parties come with built-in conversation starters: costumes. But I think I just prefer smaller, more intimate crowds. Costumes are distracting. Plus I’ve had bad luck.

I went to a party once as Sideshow Bob. Sideshow Bob dressed in his prisoner jumpsuit. I had the hair and everything, a wig, which I’d worked into something resembling his funky dreds. But I couldn’t find hair in the right color. And in trying to fix it, I quickly gunked up the hair-coloring spray paint nozzle.

It was too late to run out for another can. So I grabbed a spray can of orange shellac that was lying around the basement and finished the job.

The hair looked okay, but as everyone I tell this story to always seems to understand intuitively (but I needed to learn by hard example), shellac reeks unbelievably.

I drove to the party in costume in a car with the windows rolled up tight. By the time we arrived, the fumes from my 'do had made me cross-eyed, and I was so nauseous I had to sit outside on the steps, trying not to be sick, my head in my hands, my orange hair in the trashcan at the curb. (I couldn't very well bring that hair into the party.) I looked green. People arriving probably thought I was already drunk as a Viking. But I hadn’t had a drop.

And that was one of my more successful Halloween parties.

At any rate, this year, instead of going to a Halloween party, we’re keeping it low key. Just some classic cocktails that have a Halloweenish vibe, and maybe Wilco’s “A Ghost is Born” on the stereo.

Here are a few classic, not-just-for-Halloween cocktails for your consideration. (I left out the Zombie because that’s really just suicide in a glass.) If you have some others, shout ‘em out!

And have a fun, scary, safe Halloween.

Widow’s Kiss
1 ounce calvados
1/2 ounce yellow Chartreuse
1/2 ounce Benedictine
Dash Angostura bitters
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Chill a martini glass in the freezer. Add ice to a cocktail pitcher. Pour in calvados, Chartreuse, and Benedictine. Shake in bitters, then stir. Strain into martini glass and garnish with a cherry.

Corpse Reviver #2
1 ounce gin
1 ounce Lillet Blanc
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon absinthe (or substitute, like Pernod)
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Pour in gin, Lillet, lemon juice, and Cointreau.  Add absinthe to cocktail glass and swirl to coat sides of glass. Shake cocktail, and then strain into the glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Monkey Gland
2 ounces gin
1 ounce fresh orange juice
1 dash Pernod
Couple dashes of grenadine
Twist of orange peel for garnish
Chill a martini glass in the freezer. Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Pour in gin, OJ, Pernod, and grenadine. Shake well and strain into the chilled glass. Garnish with a twist of orange if you like.

Blood and Sand
1 ounce orange juice
¾ ounce blended Scotch whiskey
¾ ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce cherry brandy (such as Cherry Heering)
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Chill a martini glass in the freezer. Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Pour in OJ, Scotch, vermouth, and cherry brandy. Shake, then strain into glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Death in the Afternoon
1 ½ ounces absinthe (or absinthe substitute, such as Pernod)
5 ounces sparkling wine
Pour absinthe into a champagne glass. Gradually add sparkling wine.

Dark and Stormy
Juice of half a lime
2 ounces dark rum
4 ounces ginger beer
Add ice to a tall glass. Squeeze the limes over the ice, then pour in rum and ginger beer, and stir. Garnish with a slice of lime.
in my country, a black cat stirring your martinis on halloween is considered good luck.
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Oct. 28, 2009 10:47 am
I love your blogs and your kitty is so cute! I love the black and white "tux" look.
Oct. 28, 2009 10:50 am
Great Halloween story! I'm enjoying your blogs and photos. Oh, great drink recipes, thanks.
Oct. 28, 2009 11:10 am
Funny story. that looks like my cat stirring your martinis.
Oct. 28, 2009 11:12 am
In my country, a black cat stirring your martinis on Halloween is a sure sign that you'll wake up with a furry tongue.
Oct. 28, 2009 2:23 pm
Loved the Halloween story. My husband and I met at a Halloween party and love the holiday almost as much as Christmas. Too bad you don't live nearby, Halloween costumes seem to be my specialty. My kids think I can make or do anything but that's not strictly true. Too bad I can't try one of your cocktails; I'll be too busy driving kids around.
Oct. 28, 2009 3:43 pm
I adore your blogs!! I'm hosting a Halloween party, as I do every year. This year it is more "quaint" but that's ok, I don't need a super big crowd either. I do have a horror story to share from three years ago. I was a Victorian Era Vampire, super long puffy gown, and so on. Well, I only had a few glasses of wine, honestly, I wasn't pickled. Coming down the stairs, I tripped on my gown and tumbled down the whole flight of stairs. Believe it or not, I got up so fast like I didn't even fall, and carried on. Sure there were the "OMG, are you alright?" while snickering, but everyone was assured I was alright. I was a bit dizzy walking for few seconds, but other than that , it was a great party. Could have been a lot worse, I guess I know how to fall ;) I hope this year goes smooth as the last. I happen to be a fan of absinthe, so this beverage will be added to my list! Thank you and HAPPY HALLOWEEN~~~Cyndi :)
Oct. 29, 2009 8:06 am
Great blog as usual. Loved the Halloween story, love the recipes. In keeping with the spirit of the season, you are a cool ghoul.
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