Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Happy Hour: Booooo(ze)

Sure, it's kind of a bummer not to celebrate Halloween by making your neighbors give you candy. And, as some of us learned last year, that dressing your cat up as a baby and telling your neighbors that it's really your child dressed as a very realistic cat only gets you sad looks, and very few miniature Snickers.

But there are also great things about celebrating Halloween as an Old — like you can get more out of your costume when you bring it out for bedroom roleplay. How else would you have discovered your Where's Waldo fetish? And let's not forget the best part of adult Halloween: booze. Who needs to beg for candy door-to-door when you can celebrate with themed Halloween drinks, buy your candy at 50% off the next day, AND still have time to accidentally sext your boss pictures of yourself posing lewdly in a giant pumpkin costume?

Well done, you. And on with the drinks! 

Black Martini (above)

2-1/2 oz. Black Vodka (it's a thing)
1/2 oz. Blackberry Brandy
1 Olive

Directions: Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for fifteen seconds. Strain into a well chilled martini glass or serve on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with skewered black olives.


Witches' Brew

Ingredients for frozen hand:
1 (10 ounce) package frozen raspberries, thawed
2 1/2 cups cranberry juice
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin

Ingredients for punch bowl:
2 cups cranberry juice
1.5 liters ginger ale
1.5 liters sparkling apple cider (non-alcoholic)
1 liter vodka
6 gummi snakes candy

Directions for frozen hand: Wash and rinse the outside of a rubber glove. Turn glove inside out and set aside. In a 4-cup measuring cup, combine the thawed raspberries and cranberry juice. Pour 2 cups of the raspberry mixture into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over and let stand 2 minutes. Warm over low heat, stirring constantly, just until gelatin dissolves. Mix back into the reserved raspberry mixture in the measuring cup. Pour raspberry mixture into the inverted glove. Gather up the top of the glove and tie securely with kitchen twine. Freeze until solid, or several days if possible.

To serve: Carefully cut glove away from frozen hand. Place frozen hand, palm side up, leaning against side of a large punch bowl. Pour in ginger ale, cranberry juice, vodka, and sparkling cider. Garnish with gummy snakes.


The Morguerita

6 ounces tequila
6 ounces limeade concentrate
3 ounces triple sec
3 ounces light beer
Corn syrup
Red food coloring
Margarita glasses

Directions: Fill the blender three-quarters full with ice. Pour in the tequila, limeade concentrate, triple sec, and light beer. Include a squeeze of lemon and a squeeze of lime. Use the “ice crush” setting, if available, and blend the drink. Pour a couple of tablespoons of corn syrup on a plate. Add a half teaspoon of red food coloring and mix into the corn syrup with a spoon. Dip the rim of each margarita glass in the corn syrup mixture and let the “blood” drip down the glass. Pour the morgueritas into glasses.


The Count

1 part Beefeater Gin
1 part sweet vermouth
1 part Campari
Half and orange (chopped into small pieces)
Lemon zest

Directions: Muddle all ingredients together; add crushed ice, churn and then crown with more crushed ice. Garnish with a lemon peel.


Green Ghoul

2 ounces Blue Ice Organic Wheat Vodka
1/2 Organic Kiwi, Peeled
1/2 Organic Lime, Cut Into Quarters
1 teaspoon Organic Sugar

Directions: Muddle fruit and sugar in a mixing glass until well crushed and juicy. Add ice and vodka and shake vigorously.  Pour all contents into bucket glass and drink with straws.


Absolut Bloody Burns

1 part Absolut Peppar
1 part Fernet Branca
4 parts tomato juice
1 clove garlic
1 pinch celery salt
2 dashes Worchestershire Sauce
1 dash Tabasco

Directions: Score the garlic with a knife and rim a large tumbler. Build all ingredients over ice. Garnish with cucumber slices.


Spicy Mulled Cider

5 oz. apple cider
2 oz. spiced rum
1 oz. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
1/2 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
2 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
Pinch of nutmeg

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until well combined. Once the cider starts to steam, pour the contents of the saucepan into a mug and serve.


The Red Goblin

1 part Malibu Red
2 parts lemon lime soda
lime wedge

Directions: Stir all ingredients on rock ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a squeezed lime wedge.



Previously: Drinking and Hiking.

Diana Vilibert is a person who blogs.


[Images & recipes: Black Martini via WhattoDrink, Witches Brew adapted from AllRecipes, The Count via Beefeater, Morguerita via cathiefilian, Green Ghoul via Blue Ice, Absolut Bloody Burns via Absolut, Red Goblin via Malibu, Spicy Mulled Cider via Lisa Curry at BehindtheBurner]

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Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood

im going to a halloween party friday as Finn from Adventure Time then a drunk guy dressed as Finn from Adventure Time.


@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood
My Manfriend is both pleased that one can buy Adventure Time costumes now, and a little bummed that one can just go out and buy Adventure Time costumes now. I told him if he wanted to be Finn but wanted to step up his game, I'd gladly dress as Jake for the night.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@Jinxie o em gee Jinxie is one of my cats' names. Jinxie why are you dressing up as a dog? You're a cat!

Follow-up question: Is Adventure Time supposed to be for kids at all? No, right?


@Rookie The whole point of Halloween is to dress up like something you're not! {meow}
And I honestly have no idea if it's meant to be a kids show. Surely not...?




@area@twitter The dripping blood is amazing, and perfect.

Beatrix Kiddo

So...The Count is just a negroni with different ice? But I love the other ideas, especially the hand in the witches' brew!

George Templeton Strong

@Beatrix Kiddo You can never go wrong with a Negroni, no matter what you call it, although I always think of it as a summer drink. Gin=summer, Campari=sunny Italy, plus all that ice. [Commenter is inspired to make a batch, frowns at empty gin bottle, wonders whether hound has gotten into the liquor AGAIN]

Beatrix Kiddo

@George Templeton Strong Negroni season!!


@Beatrix Kiddo they should have used a BLOOD orange...wha hahahahhahahaha!

Hot Doom

@Beatrix Kiddo I was thinking...NECRO-NI!?!?

Quick Brown Fox

@George Templeton Strong
Now that it's fall, I've moved on to the Boulevardier (1 part rye, 1 part sweet vermouth, 1 part Campari). I use the rosso vermouth, so the drink is a gorgeous red color. Not quite as fun as Negroni season, but very fitting for Halloween!


How can something that contains neither gin nor vermouth be considered a martini of any sort?


@Blushingflwr There's an olive!


@permanentbitchface There's an olive AND blackberry brandy, which...ew.


@Jinxie Yes the olive in that drink is totally harshing my buzz. So to speak.

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@Blushingflwr It's the glass, I guess.


I have had that black vodka before, at another Halloween party. It tastes like nail varnish remover. I recommend drinking til you don't care what things taste like, then having that one. (It looks super cool, though.)

The Lady of Shalott

@octagonfudge Literally the only thing I can think of is what would happen if you drank too much black vodka and vomited jet black. If I was really hammered and vomited black I would probably start panicking, convinced I was turning into a demon or something.


@The Lady of Shalott maybe it would be some weird greenish-purple, like when you're making Halloween cupcakes and eat too much of the frosting full of black food coloring. Not that I've done that.


@octagonfudge I had Blavod (the black vodka) the verrrry first time I puked from drinking back in college. Plus all I had eaten was a salad for the day. Oh gods, I was sobbing from how much it all burned. And that it looked so gross.


I want to make alll of these!


I just bought a muddler a couple of weeks ago so I will definitely be trying that kiwi one. Anyone know any other good drinks involving muddling (I have already made my own mint juleps, so good)? Squishing fruit and then mixing the remains with alcohol is so satisfying.


@cosmia How about an old fashioned? That definitely calls for a little muddlin'.


@cosmia I need a fancy muddler. Right now I squish with my fingers, then lick off whatever I smeared. That's how you can tell I'm classy.

Hot Doom

@cosmia Mojitos call for muddled limes, and I know I've had some lovely drink involving muddled blackberries with gin and mint (or was it basil?). I think this calls for experimentation.


is this the place where I can tell you all about the fact that the new bar I work at has QREAM??


@permanentbitchface Recipe for the "S-Qream": 2 oz Qream, muddled with puree of desperation and swizzle of ewww.


@permanentbitchface Only if you then tell us if anyone has ordered it!

Edith Zimmerman

@permanentbitchface Talk more about this plz.

1. Who orders it?
2. What is it mixed with?
3. Do you display it prominently?
4. What kind of bar is it?
5. I think Qream is dying -- I don't see it anywhere or read about it online. What are your thoughts?
6. Anything else relevant that we should know! It's so gross, do you agree?


@Edith Zimmerman

1. The modern day queen and her court of friends. (jk, drunk sorority girls)
2. Flavored vodkas, like cake or coconut. And a healthy dollop of whipped qream. (Ah I couldn't resist!)
3. It is in the cooler, amongst the Bailey's and white wine. It's a crime, really, to see such a sophisticated drink casually displayed next to the house chardonnay.
4. Sports bar, hilariously enough.
5. I agree, though the presence of it in this sports bar revitalized my hopes!
6. When I saw it, I tried to act like it wasn't impressed/disgusted/thrilled. (Did I mention it was the strawberry flavor and that it was ALMOST EMPTY??) I'd never encountered it before! I tried to act very nonchalant. I expect it will be more difficult to keep a straight face when I order it as my next shift drink. The curiosity is killing me. I think it looks so gross from the outside! However I will report back after I've tasted it.

Edith Zimmerman

@permanentbitchface It makes you wonder what the modern day queen and her court of friends drank BEFORE. Also omg how do you know who's the queen and who's a court member?

(Also, thank you, this is incredible)


@Edith Zimmerman Something qlassy, probably! I will honestly do my best to have the bartender alert me when someone orders it and study any interaction that takes place.
Haha, thank YOU for introducing me to the amazing world of Qream. If not for the hairpin, I would be blind to its wonders.


A bloody mary with Fernet, eh? I love both of those things individually, but I can't quite imagine them together. I guess "gross" is kind of a Halloween theme, though.


@Jinxie blackberry brandy and an olive? fernet bloody sounds good in contrast!


I once had a shot called a "zombie brain" that was vodka layered with a little bloom of irish cream and a drizzle of grenadine. Definitely designed for novelty over taste.

fondue with cheddar

@Amphora There's one called a brain hemorrhage that uses peach schnapps instead of vodka. Tastes better, but you've still got that gross curdling going on.


@Amphora I've had a cement mixer that is baileys and some sort of citrus vodka maybe? SO GROSS.

fondue with cheddar

@Olivia2.0 LIME JUICE. It's supposed to be gross. It's a way to trick unsuspecting friends.

fondue with cheddar

I made the witches' brew for my last Halloween party! It was tasty. I didn't put worms in it, though. Good idea for next time!

Julia duMais

Okay, these all sound pretty amazing, but the line about the Where's Waldo fetish was so terrible because that's been my father's choice of costume for years. DDDDDDD:

(It's my own fault for reading this at work instead of at home, where I can make several of these in an attempt to wash that sentence from my mind, clearly.)


I just read this and they put in Fireball Whiskey for a more cinnamon-y taste. (http://www.endlesssimmer.com/2012/10/25/drunk-cooking-the-best-fall-cider/).

I think I'm going to make all of these for Halloween.


Excellent list! I will be trying the kiwi drink for sure. HOWEVER, you missed on great opportunity for Halloween drinks- Tonic Water glows bright blue under a black light.

Old Greggette

Fernet in a bloody mary? Trying that as soon as possible.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

To combine the Halloween weirdness of a green drink with the, ahem, spirit of this week's baking post, anyone looking for something to do with the blue Alize: mix it with apple juice. It's quite tasty! You can stick a gummi worm in there, too.


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