Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cocktail Hour {recipes you can't boo at}

If you haven't already selected a costume for this weekend's Halloween festivities, one thing is for certain: you don't have to dress like a sous chef to create dazzling treats when playing hostess with the mostess this holiday season.

With Halloween sneaking around the corner, we're sharing three spooky drink recipes that'll leave your party guests bewitched, bothered, and bewildered by your cauldron of creativity!


Black Widow
Ingredients: 5 oz black vodka, such as Blavod (or vodka + black food coloring)
 + 1/2 oz Pernod

Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add black vodka and Pernod. Shake vigorously for 5 to 10 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a Sugar Spiderweb and Licorice Spider (recipe below), if desired. In a hurry? Top off your black widow cocktail with a gummy spider or plastic spider ring to save on time!

Sugar Spiderweb
Ingredients: 1-1/4 cups sugar
 + 1/3-cup light corn syrup
 + 1/4 cup water
Directions: Spray 2 large sheets of parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In a small heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water; cook over medium-high heat, occasionally brushing down sides with water to prevent crystallization. Continue until mixture reaches 320ยบ on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat. Working quickly, drizzle caramel with a spoon onto prepared parchment paper, forming spiderwebs. Cool completely or until set. Using a small offset spatula, carefully remove web from parchment paper, and place on top of glass.
Licorice Spider Garnish
Ingredients:  black licorice wheel
Directions: Unroll a 9-inch strip from licorice wheel*. Using kitchen shears, cut strip in half lengthwise along scored line. Cut each strip into 3 (3-inch) pieces, creating 6 legs. Reserve remaining part of licorice wheel for spider body.
On a flat surface, place licorice wheel. Using tweezers, insert 6 strips in center of reserved licorice wheel, bending strips to form spider legs. Carefully place Licorice Spider on top of Sugar Spiderweb. Serve immediately.

Candy Corn Cocktail
by Alex Straus, Suite 700 at the Hotel Shangri-La
Ingredients: 2 oz. SKYY Infusions Pineapple
 + 1.5 oz. Orange Sherbet, softened
 + 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
 + 1 oz. Milk
 + 1 oz. Simple Syrup
Directions: Combine SKYY Infusions Pineapple and pineapple juice in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain over fresh ice into a clear Collins glass. Combine softened orange sherbet and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain, and pour over bar spoon to layer in the rocks glass. Then, combine simple syrup and milk in cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Layer milk mixture on top of sorbet mixture.

Bleeding Heart, Grape Punch, & Black Lagoon

from Martha Stewart‘s Spirited Celebrations (Halloween 2009)
Black Lagoon: a lemony vodka libation garnished with black ice cubes and a licorice stick.
Spiked Concord Grape Punch: this one’s spiced AND spiked!
Bleeding Heart: a martini with a pickled beet that “bleeds” from a wound caused by a cocktail spear.

{Thanks to HWTM for sharing these fabulously festive recipes. Happy Halloween!}

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