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Day 189, Cocktail 187

Finally, the big day is here!  It seems almost anticlimatic, probably because for the grown ups the fun was last night!  The kids are out trick or treating, so it’s time for Gwen and I to relax with a cocktail while passing out the candy. 

Yet another web search for Halloween cocktails yeilded tonight’s drink.  This drink is ubiquitious and it’s origin is unclear.  But, it looks good, tastes good and has a name that fits!

  Black Widow

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz creme de cassis
  • 3/4 oz triple sec
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz pomegranate juice

Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake to mix and chill.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with black licorice strings.

This is a nice little Halloween cocktail, fruity, but not too sweet.  It has a dark, ruby, almost black color and with the licorice whips makes for a somewhat sinister presentation.


Day 188, Cocktails 185 & 186

Saturday night, in addition to being alright for a fight, was also the night for the Germantown pub crawl.  Gwen and I popped up to Ivee’s and followed my usual tradition of letting the pub crawl to me…meaning we stayed there and just enjoyed as wave after wave of crawlers stopped in at Ivee’s.  It was a fun night and we saw a few of our friends and made a couple of new ones to boot!  The jukebox was pumping out a great mix of Halloween themed songs, everything from Thriller to Rob Zombie to Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.  I had my typical Freddy Krueger get up on and I wasn’t alone.  By my official count there were five Freddies by the end of the night.  I think I need a new costume next year!

Getting ready for the night entailed a cocktail at home.  I found this recipe on line (and honestly can’t remember where I got, otherwise I’d tell you) and decided to mix it up.  Based on my quick research, however, this is a cocktail that dates back to the Savoy Bar and the 1930’s.

  Satan’s Whiskers

  • 3/4 oz Bombay gin
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 3/4 oz dry vermouth
  • 3/4 oz orange juice
  • 3 bar spoons triple sec
  • 1 bar spoon plus two dashes Agnosturo Orange bitters

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake to mix and chill.  Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a flamed orange peel.

Wow, this has been my favorite cocktail of the week, by far.  I love what the orange bitters does, giving the drink a wonderful bite that is not too bitter and mellows out the sweetness of the juice and sweet vermouth wonderfully.  It adds a nice fall flavor to the orange flavors, if that makes any sense.  I hope it does.  I enjoyed this so much that I actually had a second one while making dinner!

After dinner and just before leaving I had to mix up a shooter for us that I’ve been waiting for a year to make.

  Brain Hemorrhage

  • 1 oz chilled peach schnapps
  • 1 bar spoon chilled Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1/2 bar spoon chilled grenadine

Pour the peach schnapps into a shot glass.  Float the Baileys on top of the schnapps.  Top with the grenadine.  The Baileys will end up looking like a coagulated mess in the midst of the schnapps while the grenadine will float to the bottom, dragging some of the Baileys with it.  It looks a lot like the name implies!

This is a nice, sweet shooter that is tasty – just right for the ladies!  Even Brett at Ivee’s agreed, after making a couple for me last night, that it was finally a good use for Baileys!



Day 187, Cocktail 184

Friday night and I was on taxi duty for daughter number two.  She had not one, not two, but three Halloween parties that she wanted to attend.  Gwen and I made her cut it down to two, but it still left me with quite a bit of taxi duty last night.

In between all the running around I managed to come up with a new, original cocktail to help us stay in the Halloween spirit.  Apple is a natural flavor for fall and even Halloween inspired cocktails (anyone up for some bobbing for apples with Charlie Brown and the gang?).  Calvados was a natural choice for me to use.  But what to mix it with?  How about some rye whiskey and maple syrup?  The result was named by Gwen, let’s check it out!

  Caramel Apple

  • 2 oz Jim Beam rye
  • 1 oz Calvados
  • 1/2 oz maple syrup

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake to mix and chill.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

I did not garnish this, although an apple slice or a caramel candy would both be fun garnishes.  A more traditional garnish would be an orange peel.  As the name suggests, this did end up tasting somewhat like a caramel apple, thanks to the blend of the apple flavored Calvados and the maple syrup.  While this might not be a true Halloween cocktail, it is definately a tasty fall treat that can be enjoyed in front a fire inside or outside!


Day 186, Cocktail 182

There are few things as quintessential at Halloween than a black cat.  Often associated with witches and bad luck, few domesticated animals are as routinely persecuted as the black cat.  However, and interestingly enough, black cats are considered good luck in England.  Women in seek of suitors will use black cats to bring them luck (although any woman who is already a wife will wonder just why a single woman would want suitors).

So, when I found this recipe for a Black Cat cocktail in Colleen Graham’s cocktail blog I just knew that I’d have to try it.

  Black Cat

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz kirschwasser (cherry brandy)
  • cranberry juice
  • cola

Fill a collins glass about 3/4 full with ice.  Add the vodka and kirschwasser and then fill the rest the glass the rest of the way up with equal amounts the cranberry juice and cola.

This is a very interesting cocktail.  The blend of the kirschwasser, cola and cranberry gives a distinct, berry like flavor that has a tart quality.  I have to admit that the first sip didn’t exactly sit too well with me, but the more I’ve drunk, the better it has gotten.  Give this kitty a try and let me know what you think!


Day 185, Cocktails 180 & 181

The Halloween season officially kicked into gear tonight when I set up the Halloween village pieces while watching Psycho and enjoying the first of a week’s worth of Halloween inspired cocktails.

The first cocktail of the evening was a classic, the Corpse Reviver.  This cocktail has been around since the 1930’s and is credited to Harry Craddock who had written the Savoy Cocktail Book.  The purpose of the Corpse Reviver was to revive one the next morning after a night of drinking (a problem I don’t seem to suffer from).    As near as I can tell, this is the original recipe that Craddock used.  I mention that because there is also a Corpse Reviver II recipe (just like any good Halloween movie, there has to be a part two) which is completely different, featuring gin, Cointreau and Lillet Blanc.  Unfortunately, I won’t get to this one this week.  I did have the original tonight, and here it is.

  Corpse Reviver

  • 2 oz Calvados
  • 3/4 oz XO brandy
  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth

Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake to mix and chill.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

This is a strong one, which I guess you need to revive a corpse.  If you like brandy and Calvados, you will probably enjoy this.  If you don’t, then you may want to pass.  I drank mine, and, well, maybe it tastes better when hung over…

On to the second drink of the night, the Halloween cocktail.  I picked this recipe up from, and I enjoyed it.  Once again it was a bourbon based cocktail that when I looked at the ingredient list I thought “you’ve got to be kidding”, but it worked out very nicely.

  Halloween Cocktail

  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark bourbon
  • 3 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ginger ale

Combine the Maker’s Mark, orange juice and lemon juice in a shaker with ice.  Stir and strain into a collins glass filled about 3/4 with ice cubes.  Top with ginger ale and garnish with a couple of large, pitted green olives – and if you’re really creative, you’ll carve little pumpkin faces into the olives!

The original recipe called for the juice of 1/2 of a lemon.  You can do this for the sake expediency, but I like my cocktails to be consistent, which is why I settled on 1 oz of lemon juice.  The flavor is suprisingly similar to a whiskey old fashioned between the orange juice and flavor of the olives.  Both Gwen and I enjoyed this one and I wouldn’t hesitate to make this drink again – and I just may do that this weekend!


Day 182, Cocktail 177

Yesterday marked the start of the Halloween “season”, at least for me.  Just like I don’t think Christmas should last for 6 months, I don’t think Halloween should last the entire month of October – a week is enough for me.

As we did last year, Gwen and I headed to the Hartford Jaycees haunted house in Slinger with the Newcomers group.  We had a total of six of us and the girls made good work of a flask to add some entertainment to the 90 minute wait.  Finally, our group was called and it was through the haunted forest and then all three levels of the house.  If you’re looking for a haunted house this Halloween, definately give the Hartford Jaycess a try!

Also, as we did last year, we started at the Klavier Lounge in Germantown.  This was a our meeting point and a good place for a cocktail.  Kris Peters has done a great job of bringing an upscale lounge to Germantown with good cocktails and a great atmosphere.  The Klavier features a long list of house speciality cocktails.  I had the Majesty’s Pomegranate and it was delicious! 

  Majesty’s Pomegranate

  • Ketel One Citrus Vodka
  • grapefruit juice
  • pomegranage juice
  • lime juice

The juices all blend very well together, with the lime and grapefruit mellowing out the sweetness of the pomegranate.  There is just enough Ketel One to let you know that it is there, but its not overpowering.  It really is a very good blend of fruity and boozy — just right!

Enjoy your Halloween season!