Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween is 4 days away and counting...

Last week, my friend Kara emailed me a link to Martha Stewart's 2009 spooky cocktail ideas.

As Halloween is on a Saturday Night this year, and plans are to enjoy a later night than usual with friends and their trick-or-treaters, I figured I would attempt at least one of these.

The main feature in each cocktail is a black vodka, that makes your drink as dark as night. Frankly, the black vodka sounds gross yet intriguing all at the same time?! Locally, your best bet is to find it here or here.

Ghost in the Graveyard
Serves 1

2 ounces black vodka
2 ounces creme de cacao or coffee-flavored liqueur
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
Pinch of finely grated nutmeg, for garnish

In a glass, combine vodka and creme de cacao, and set aside. Place a scoop of ice cream in a highball glass, and slowly pour vodka mixture over ice cream. Garnish with nutmeg; serve immediately.

Screwed-Up Screwdriver

Serves 1

1/4 cup ice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed tangerine juice
1 1/2 ounces black vodka
1 black licorice twist, for serving

Place ice in a tall glass. Pour juice into glass. Pour vodka over the back of a cocktail spoon into glass so it sits on top of juice and creates a layer of black. Slice 1/4 inch off each end of licorice, and use as a straw. Serve immediately.

Berry Scary Martini

Serves 1

1 cup ice
1 ounce black vodka
2 ounces cherry juice
Fresh raspberries and blueberries, for garnish

Combine ice, vodka, and cherry juice in a cocktail shaker; shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass. Thread raspberries and blueberries onto a cocktail skewer, and place in drink. Serve immediately.

If you want to take your cocktails to the next level, I found these goodies at Target this AM...

Eye ball cocktail picks, Gummy toe tag glass markers, and candy bone drink stirrers.