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Oct 26, 2013 07:51 PM

Halloween Cocktails

So anyone know any good Halloween cocktails? Not just 80's & 90's ones, but cocktails that actually have some quality presence and flavor to them? And fit the theme?

I just picked up David J. Montgomery's "Zombie Horde" cocktail book, which is all about the history of the Zombie cocktail, and all the historical variations, as well as present day. 193 pages of Zombie's. As I leafed through it I came across one of Martin Cate's recipes from last year. I remember reading about it, and I even think we had a discussion here. The Zombie Apocalypse, which has to be THE Halloween cocktail recipe.

Martin Cate's The Zombie Apocalypse (2012)
6 oz. Crushed Ice
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Cinnamon Syrup
1/2 oz. Falernum
1/2 oz. Curacao
1 1/2 oz. Rhum Barbancourt Five Star
1/2 oz. Brainwashed Rum*
1 scant barspoon Crème de Violette
1 dash Elemakule Tiki Cocktail Bitters
1 tsp. Grenadine

*Brainwashed Rum
1 1/2 lbs. Fresh Calf Brains, Sliced into 1-inch Cubes
1 tsp. Fresh Thyme Leaves
1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves
1/2 tsp. Ground Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Salt
4 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
3 oz. Lemon Hart 151 Demerara Rum
1. Make the brainwashed rum: In a small bowl, place the brains, thyme, cloves, cayenne, cinnamon and salt and toss to coat.
2. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add one piece of the brains and brown on all sides until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the browned brain nugget to a paper-towel-lined plate. Once cool, cover with plastic and refrigerate until ready to use.
3. Transfer the drippings from the skillet to a glass jar. Add the Demerara, cover, and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours. Transfer the container to the freezer and chill for 2 hours longer.
4. Remove the jar from the freezer and skim off the frozen fat from the surface. Strain the liquid through a coffee-filter-lined fine-mesh strainer and refrigerate until ready to use.
5. Make the cocktail: In a blender jar, add the ice, lime juice, cinnamon syrup, falernum, curacao, Rhum Barbancourt, 1/2 oz. brainwashed rum, crème de violette and the bitters and pulse until slushy, 2 to 3 seconds. Pour the contents into a zombie glass or pint glass and add enough ice to fill the glass to 1/2 inch from the top.
6. Remove the browned brain from the refrigerator and pierce with a small wood skewer. Lay the skewer across the top of the drink. Drizzle the grenadine over the brain and into the drink. Serve with trepidation.

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  1. Well, that's certainly thematic...perhaps you could beat that with a Corpse Reviver made from fresh corpses?

    1. Zombie Horde with 86 recipes from 1934 to present day, only $2.99 ebook.

      1. That's a recipe that is ridiculous and only 1 out if 100 would like. Just make a Zombie and enjoy some Halloween candy with it. Corpse Reviver #2, absinthe straight, PDT's The Great Pumpkin or Pumpkin Toddy, or a signature drink from Death & Co called Death & Co would be better!

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        1. re: DrinkinLife

          Sounds like you have no sense of fun. Except for the brainwashed rum, the recipe is a pretty classic Zombie in many ways.

          1. re: DrinkinLife

            You're right, this drink sucks! It would be so much better if it included some chopped up lower intestine from a goat (maybe 4-5 ounces) as well as -- just eyeballing it -- maybe an ounce and a half of fresh pig's blood as a floater.

            Otherwise, yeah, a glass of absinthe is just way more exotic!

          2. I was totally with you until the brain!! Coming off my recent tiki kick, I have everything to make this. I might try it w/o the brain.

            My husband's birthday is Halloween and I'm always looking for something for his party. I usually default to just stuff he likes as the theme, but if I could get some good Halloween drinks going I'd be one happy hostess!

            I also thought of the Corpse Reviver family, but after that I'm kind of stuck.

            1. Wonderful!

              I got a press release for a liqueur where a light pink drink was garnished with a lychee fruit stuffed with a blueberry for a bloodshot eye. The liqueur didn't appeal to me, but the rest of it would be fun. A touch of Campari was used.

              If I thought that parents would let kids eat them, I'd hand out these garnishes with a touch of cranberry juice for Halloween.

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