Sunday, October 27, 2013

Spooky Cocktails

As we are nearing Halloween this week, Greg and I thought it would only be appropriate to share some of our "spooky" cocktails.  In the past we have gone all out hosting a big Halloween party with clever themed appetizers, drinks and prizes for the best costume.  This year we are keeping it low key with a simple pumpkin carving and the following cocktails to celebrate Greg's favorite holiday.  Happy Halloween!


Arachnophobia


Ingredients
2 ounces Stoli's Vanilla Vodka
1-1/2 ounces Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur
1 ounce half and half 
2-4 ounce plus a drizzle Hershey's chocolate syrup
Ice


First to create the web in the martini glass, pour about 2-4 ounces of chocolate syrup in a squeeze bottle with a small spout.  A baker's pipping bag with a size 2 round tip will work as well.  Next, starting at the bottom of the glass draw about 4-5 circles with the chocolate syrup.  Then using 2 toothpicks make the vertical lines by starting at the bottom of the glass and pulling up through the circles of chocolate.  Do this the entire way around the glass creating the web.  


In a cocktail shaker place the ice, Stoli's Vanilla Vodka, Bailey's Irish Cream, half and half and a drizzle of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup.  Shake well and strain into the prepared martini glass.





The Bleeding Mary


Ingredients
2 1/2 ounces jalapeno infused vodka (see below)
2-3 Spicy Bloody Mary ice cubes
2 green olives with pimentos

Jalapeno Infused Vodka

Ingredients
1-2 medium jalapenos, sliced in quarters
2 cups vodka (I use Kettle One)

In a large airtight jar or bottle place the sliced jalapenos and vodka.  Seal the jar or bottle and allow to infuse for 4-6 days depending on the level of heat you prefer.  Strain the vodka and discard the jalapenos.  Store in an airtight jar or bottle for up to 1 month.


The Bleeding Mary

In a glass pour in the jalapeno infused vodka and drop in the Spicy Bloody Mary ice cubes.  Garnish with the green olives.  

Note: You can adjust the Spicy Bloody Mary mix to your preferred level of heat.