A few suggestions for seasonally spooky drinks for this weekend:
Pumpkin Spice Old Fashioned
- Add 165g brown sugar and 200g granulated sugar to 350ml of water and stir over a medium heat to dissolve.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves and 85g pumpkin puree and whisk well.
- Simmer for eight minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Strain through a muslin cloth, add 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract once cool and keep refrigerated for up to three weeks.
Corpse Reviver #2
Appropriately named, but delicious all year round:
- Shake 25ml gin, 25ml Lillet Blanc, 25ml Cointreau and 25ml fresh lemon juice with cubed ice for twenty seconds.
- Strain into a chilled absinthe-rinsed coupe.
- This time of year we like to top this with a thick green absinthe foam, whipped up strong enough to suspend a few spooky jelly sweets.
Nosferatini (Tony Conigliaro, Drink Factory)
Just the right side of disturbing, this is the drink Dracula would make himself after a long night out feeding:
- Make a ‘blood solution’ by crushing an iron tablet and adding three teaspoons of red food colouring and one teaspoon of caster sugar. Stir well.
- Add 50ml London dry gin and 15ml dry vermouth and stir with ice.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass and add two drops of the blood solution.
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