Halloween

A few suggestions for seasonally spooky drinks for this weekend:

Pumpkin Spice Old Fashioned

A flexible syrup to be used in place of simple syrup in your Autumn drinks.  Try it in drinks based on dark spirits such as the Old Fashioned, Sazerac or Sidecar:

  1. Add 165g brown sugar and 200g granulated sugar to 350ml of water and stir over a medium heat to dissolve.
  2. 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.
  3. Simmer for eight minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. 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:

  1. Shake 25ml gin, 25ml Lillet Blanc, 25ml Cointreau and 25ml fresh lemon juice with cubed ice for twenty seconds.
  2. Strain into a chilled absinthe-rinsed coupe.
  3. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Add 50ml London dry gin and 15ml dry vermouth and stir with ice.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass and add two drops of the blood solution.

Photo courtesy of Jon Joh, some rights reserved.