This delightfully gory Halloween cocktail is actually light and sweet!October 25, 2013 -- Published by Tara Shinn
Halloween is almost here, and what better way to curl up to a scary movie that with a gory Halloween cocktail? (And if you love scary movie like we do, make sure you enter to win a signed photograph of Tom Savini, legendary makeup artist for films such as Dawn of the Dead and Friday the 13th). This Halloween cocktail uses a blueberry infusion and an eye-catching garnish (get it?) and it sure to be the hit of any Halloween party this year, the:
The key ingredient to this deliciously gory Halloween cocktail (and the incredible garnish) is an Asian fruit, readily available in larger grocery stores or in Asian specialty stores- the lychee. When sold fresh they have an very tough scary looking shell that is easily removable and reveals a soft fleshy fruit with a large seed. They have the texture of a plum accompanied by a distinctive sweet floral taste. Since fresh lychees have a such a small window of availability, I highly suggest buying them canned (in syrup) which is way easier than shelling fresh ones, and also provides you with a highly concentrated syrup to use in cocktails like the “Mad Eye!”
For this easy Halloween cocktail, just pop open a can of lychees and add a half ounce to a cocktail tin with ice (more if you prefer a sweeter cocktail) and 3 oz of blueberry infused Clique Vodka. (To make the blueberry infused Clique Vodka, just add half a pint of ripe blueberries to a sealable glass jar with 1 bottle of Clique Vodka, and shake very well 2 or 3x per day for about 4 or 5 days until the vodka is a light purple and smells sweet). Shake the living daylights out of the cocktail and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
For the gory eyeball garnish, spoon a bit of strawberry jam and a few drops of grenadine (or red food coloring if you don’t have any) into a lychee, stuff in a blueberry, spear the whole thing and set it on the rim. Need some more great Halloween cocktail ideas? Check out “Hickory Trickery” and the “Cottontail!”