I’m posting a Halloween-themed cocktail every day this week, because I cannot wait for Halloween. GAH.
Did that guy seriously show up to your costume party in a T-shirt and jeans? He did. Does that guy hope to be drinking your booze this evening? Then perhaps he should consider attending as a vampire.
Bloodthirsty Mulled Wine
- 3 Tbsp. Honey
- 2 strips lemon zest
- 2 strips orange zest
- 2 strips ginger
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 8 cloves
- 1 tsp vanilla
- juice of an orange
- 2 bottles cheap red wine
- 3 Tbsp. Grand Marnier
Add all the non-alcoholic ingredients to a pot, and bring to a simmer while stirring, adding more orange juice or a little water if necessary to keep it from burning. Once this mixture is syrupy and you can start to smell the spices, add the wine and Grand Marnier and bring it to a boil. Then turn the heat to low and keep the whole mess on the stove so guests can ladle directly from the pot. Pro tip! Make sure your pot is big enough because if it boils over, the alcohol will ignite, and flames will ensue. Or so I have heard.
Here’s to pillowcases full of candy, babies dressed like fat, furry animals, and TPing the neighbor who hands out rasins. What are you toasting this week?
I’m making 100 cocktails as part of my Life List. This is number twelve. Here are the rest:
This is what I serve at my annual pumpkin-carving party. Hot cider is usually too sweet for me, so I add unsweetened cranberry juice — not cranberry cocktail, but the real stuff that’s just smooshed cranberries — to make a pleasantly tart variation.
Halloween Spiked Cider
-3 Cups Unfiltered Apple Juice
-1 Cup Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
-2 Cinnamon Sticks
-2 Strips of Lemon Zest
-2 Strips of Orange Zest
-Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
Combine everything but the rum in a saucepan, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add rum to taste. I do about a shot per cup. Bourbon and brandy work too, which makes this an excellent party punch. Just line the bottles up next to the stovetop. Non-drinkers can just have cider, drinkers can choose their poison.
If you want to make your own apple cups, use a circular cookie cutter to punch out the top, and hollow out the inside with a spoon. Grapefruit spoons work particularly well. If you’re a meticulous sort, you can add a few drops of candle wax to seal the bottom, sometimes the seed chamber connects with the bottom and the cup leaks.
Here’s to roasted pumpkin seeds, mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and decorative gourd season, motherfuckers. What are you toasting this week?
I’m making 100 cocktails as part of my Life List. This is number 11. Here are the rest:
Warming your hands against your mug is the entire reason for Fall. Take a thermos over next door and settle in for a little gossip.
- 1/2 shot of Basil Hayden
- a splash of Grand Marnier
- top off with Constant Comment tea from Bigelow
- Agave nectar to taste
- Sprig of bruised rosemary to garnish
Here’s to pumpkin patches, elbow patches, and friends who bring you soup when you’re sick. What are you toasting this week?
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I found myself low on mixers this week, and I have a kid. You do the math. Necessity is the mother of god this is good.
Gin and Juice (Box)
• Take three mint leaves and roll them around between your fingers until they’re bruised. Throw them in the glass.
• Add a few cubes of ice.
• Shot of Hendrick’s Gin.
• Juice from half a lemon, then rub the lemon around the rim of your glass.
• Top off with a juice box of Honest Kids Berry Berry Good Lemonade (Brand is very important here because you want the low-sugar stuff. I’m not being paid to say this, obviously. But! Any juice box company that wants to start paying me to mix their juice with booze should call me so we can be zillionaires. Tipsy, responsible, adult zillionaires who have obviously employed child care before embarking on this endeavor. High fives.)
The Mighty Summit is this weekend! So here’s to splashing your feet in a hot tub, feeling small under redwood trees, wrapping yourself in a wool blanket, and laughing until you pee a little.
What are you toasting this week?
You know how Mexican Hot Chocolate has a little kick? This is like that, but with coffee. And frozen. So nothing like that, except for how the cinnamon schnapps gives it some punch, and how it is delicious.
Throw all this in a blender, and garnish with a little cinnamon sprinkled on top:
• 1 Banana (frozen if you’d like the drink thicker)
• 1/2 Cup Coffee, cold
• 1 Cup Ice
• Shot of Tequila
• 1/2 Shot Cinnamon Schnapps
Good right? I know. And now you finally have a use for all those frozen bananas you’re never going to use to make banana bread. Cheers.
Here’s to breakfast for dinner, friends who go all out for theme parties, and falling asleep when your head hits the pillow. What are you toasting this week?
This is my spin on a digestif — for guests who aren’t inclined to drink their booze straight, whether to aid digestion or the conversation. It’s strong, intentionally so, but it’s also delicious.
Rim glass with nutmeg and sugar. Add:
• 1 shot Sailor Jerry’s rum
• 1 shot hot Earl Grey tea
• A splash of almond milk (to taste)
Despite the name, do not require that guests drink it off your body, or you’ll have some awkward burns to explain later.
Here’s to museums after dark, feeling healthy and well-rested, and playing it by ear. What are you toasting this week?
This morning pick-me-up is named in honor of Miss Anna Beth Chao, who made vats of cold brewed coffee while she was visiting from Louisiana. My house smelled glorious. I suddenly wanted a little coffee in everything — I briefly considered bathing in it. This was our compromise.
• 1 shot Disaronno
• 1 shot almond milk
• Louisiana Cold Brewed Coffee to taste
• Crushed ice
I’m headed to Outside Lands this weekend. Here’s to dancing on the grass, gourmet food trucks, and Mr. Stevie Wonder. What are you toasting this week?