From the Madtini Lab – 10 Creepy Cocktails for Halloween

Madtini Halloween Cocktails
Halloween weekend 2010 is finally here, and its time for the Ghouls, Goblins, Naughty Nurses, Snookis and Elvis’ (or is it Elvi) to hit the streets, basement parties and bars. We’ve spent the past few weeks looking around for fun Halloween-themed drinks for your spooky cocktail parties. We narrowed it down to 10 and here they are!

Cheers and Happy Halloween from Madtini!

Boo-Berry Vodka Martini1. Boo-Berry Martini
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz sweet & sour syrup
  • 2 ripped up basil leaves
  • 8-10 fresh blueberries

Preparation
Wet the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with lemon juice. Turn the glass in a shallow plate of sugar to cover the rim. Muddle the blueberries and ripped up basil leaves in a cocktail shaker until they are shredded. Take a deep whiff of the beautiful mix of smells. Add the sweet & sour syrup, triple sec, blueberry flavoured vodka, and 4 ice cubes. Shake, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

The Blood Lust Martini2. Blood Lust Martini
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz Creme de Cassis
  • 1 oz Sweet & sour mix
  • 8-10 blueberries
  • 4 fresh blackberries
  • 4 fresh raspberries
  • 3 fresh strawberries, sliced and hulled

Preparation
Muddle the berries together in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients, shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with 2-3 maraschino cherries.

Madtini Walk with a Zombie3. Walk With a Zombie
Ingredients

  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1 oz golden rum
  • 1 oz 151 dark rum
  • 1/2 oz apricot brandy
  • 1/2 oz amaretto
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine

Preparation
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice except the 151 dark rum & grenadine. Shake well then strain into a tall cocktail glass. Add the 151 dark rum and grenadine to the top of the drink. Garnish with an orange wedge and two maraschino cherries.

The Monster Mash4. The Monster Mash
Ingredients

  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz Malibu Coconut rum
  • 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz vodka

Preparation
Add all the ingredients to a blender along with 1 cup of ice. Blend until smooth, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with two thin slices of apple.

Dark Chocolate Martini5. The Dark Chocolate Martini
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Smirnoff Vanilla Twist Vodka
  • 2 oz Dark Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz chilled Espresso
  • 1/2 tsp fresh orange juice
  • orange zest
  • 1 tbsp grated dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Preparation
Grate a generous chunk of dark chocolate. Combine a tablespoon of dark chocolate and sugar in a small plate. Wet the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with a wedge of orange. Turn the cocktail glass in the dark chocolate and sugar to cover the rim. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

Mad Eye Madtini6. Mad-Eye Martini
Ingredients

  • 3 oz Gin
  • Splash of Dry vermouth
  • Radish and olive eyeball

Preparation
Peel the skin from a radish leaving traces of red to resemble veins. Carve out a hole in the radish big enough to place an olive into. Pour vermouth in to chilled cocktail glass.

Black Cat7. The Black Cat
Ingredients

  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 2 1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Black Sambuca

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a few espresso beans.

Dark and Spooky8. The Dark & Spooky
Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz dark rum
  • Juice of one Lime
  • Ginger Beer

Preparation
Combine the dark rum and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Stir, then pour over ice in a rocks glass. Top with Ginger Beer and garnish with a wedge of lime and a large black spider.

Dra-Kahlua9. The Dra-Kahlua
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Kahlua
  • 1/2 oz Cognac
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake, then strain into your chilled martini glass. Add a blood-orange wedge s garnish.

Root Beer of all Evil10. Root Beer of all Evil
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Three Olives Root Beer Vodka
  • 4 oz Jones Soda Root Beer
  • 3/4 oz Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 scoop Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream

Preparation
Pour the vodka and root beer over ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry

Halloween Cocktails #9, The Dra-Kahlua

Dra-KahluaThe Boris Karloff version of Count Dracula will always be the ‘definitive’ vampire in our minds here at Madtini Labs (although Gary Oldman did an awesome job too). Our interns may go on dreamily about spending eternal life with Twilight’s Edward, Bill or Eric of True Blood – we know that the Count could have kicked their brooding, sparkling butts around Transylvania any day of the week.

Once we read the name of  this drink on the Intoxicologist’s blog we knew we had to include it in our 2010 collection of Halloween drinks. The drink is a classy blend of coffee liqueur and citrus flavours – but be careful we haven’t tested this one is daylight yet.

Cheers and Happy Hallowe’en from Madtini.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Kahlua
  • 1/2 oz Cognac
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake, then strain into your chilled martini glass. Add a blood-orange wedge s garnish.

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Drink adapted from the Intoxicologist

Halloween Cocktails #8, The Dark and Spooky

Dark and SpookyEverything always seems a little spookier on Halloween night. The sky is just a little darker, the wind blowing the leaves around makes you stop and turn, the eyes of the jack-o-lanterns are staring at you from every doorstep. 8 year-olds dressed like Snooki or Lady GaGa and hopped up on adrenalin and sugar run screaming past you, their bleary-eyed parents in useless pursuit.

After all that you’ll probably need a drink to calm your frayed nerves. One of the favorite drinks here at Madtini Intoxicology Labs is the Dark and Stormy. We’re re-naming it the Dark & Spooky for Halloween weekend and throwing in a spooky spider and serving it up with a extra shot of evil.

Cheers and Happy Halloween.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz dark rum
  • Juice of one Lime
  • Ginger Beer

Preparation
Combine the dark rum and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Stir, then pour over ice in a rocks glass. Top with Ginger Beer and garnish with a wedge of lime and a large black spider.

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Halloween Cocktails #7, The Black Cat

Black CatIf this Black Cat ever crosses your path I guarantee it’s not bring you bad luck. A tasty blend of coffee, vanilla and licorice flavours will have you licking your lips until your bartender can bring you another one. If this doesn’t bring you to life, chew on the espresso beans for a wake-up call. Cheers!

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 2 1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Black Sambuca

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a few espresso beans.

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Drink adapted from the Intoxicologist

Halloween Cocktails #6. The Mad Eye Martini

Mad Eye MadtiniOur Halloween version of the classic martini may get you a few puzzled looks around the party. The great thing about this cocktail is that your drink can stare right back at them.

Create your mad eyeball with a peeled radish and an olive stuffed with pimento, instructions are below.

Cheers and Happy Hallowe’en from Madtini.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Gin
  • Splash of Dry vermouth
  • Radish and olive eyeball

Preparation
Peel the skin from a radish leaving traces of red to resemble veins. Carve out a hole in the radish big enough to place an olive into. Pour vermouth in to chilled cocktail glass

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Halloween Cocktails #5, Dark Chocolate Martini

Dark Chocolate Martini
Chocolate has been around from over 3000 years and has been used as a drink for nearly all of its history, and who the heck are we to mess with tradition. Below is our fifth drink recipe for Halloween, the Dark Chocolate Martini

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Smirnoff Vanilla Twist Vodka
  • 2 oz Dark Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz chilled Espresso
  • 1/2 tsp fresh orange juice
  • orange zest
  • 1 tbsp grated dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Preparation
Grate a generous chunk of dark chocolate. Combine a tablespoon of dark chocolate and sugar in a small plate. Wet the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with a wedge of orange. Turn the cocktail glass in the dark chocolate and sugar to cover the rim. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

Happy Hallowe’en from Madtini.

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The Dark Chocolate Martini is adapted from the Oct31.org website.

Halloween Cocktails #4, The Monster Mash

The Monster MashIn 1962, struggling actor and singer Bobby Pickett was performing with his group The Cordials. One night he did a monologue imitation Boris Korloff while performing the song ‘Little Darlin’ by the Diamonds. The audience went nuts and his fellow band members encouraged Bobby to do something with the Karloff imitation.

Pickett was partially inspired by the current dance craze, the Mashed Potato. The “Monster Mash” went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20 of 1962, just in time for Halloween.

This Monster Mash is a smooth blended drink, and it ideally suited to help any reluctant monster to get his dance-on.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz Malibu Coconut rum
  • 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz vodka

Preparation
Add all the ingredients to a blender along with 1 cup of ice. Blend until smooth, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with two thin slices of apple.

Happy Hallowe’en from Madtini.

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The Monster Mash cocktail was adapted from the Bar None Drinks web site.

Halloween Cocktails #2, The Blood Lust Martini

The Blood Lust MartiniSeems these days you can swing a dead bat without hitting a creature of the night. Whether its the brooding Edward of Twilight fame or the brooding Bill of True Blood, vampires have never been hotter and the Blood Lust for these vamps has never been more intense.

The Blood Lust cocktail is an intense muddle of fresh berries and delicious berry liqueurs and based on our testing can be enjoyed safely in direct sunlight.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz Creme de Cassis
  • 1 oz Sweet & sour mix
  • 8-10 blueberries
  • 4 fresh blackberries
  • 4 fresh raspberries
  • 3 fresh strawberries, sliced and hulled

Preparation
Muddle the berries together in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients, shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with 2-3 maraschino cherries.

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Drink adapted from HalloweenEscapade.com

Halloween Cocktails, #1 Boo-berry Vodka Martini

Boo-Berry Vodka MartiniHalloween is still 13 days away according to our dicey math skills. We thought we’d get an obvious spooky cocktail out of the way first. We present the Boo-berry Vodka Martini. We brought home a bottle of the highly aromatic Smirnoff Blueberry flavoured vodka, combined it with a bit of triple sec and some sprite, and garnished it with a few fresh blueberries and a single black spider.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz sweet & sour syrup
  • 2 ripped up basil leaves
  • 8-10 fresh blueberries

Preparation
Wet the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with lemon juice. Turn the glass in a shallow plate of sugar to cover the rim. Muddle the blueberries and ripped up basil leaves in a cocktail shaker until they are shredded. Take a deep whiff of the beautiful mix of smells. Add the sweet & sour syrup, triple sec, blueberry flavoured vodka, and 4 ice cubes. Shake, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

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Happy Halloween – Week 11 – Dracula’s Kiss (in a bloody glass)

Dracula's Kiss in Candy Blood dipped glass

Dracula's Kiss in Candy Blood dipped glass

It’s Week 11 of the Madtini Virtual Cocktail Party, and… its less than a week til Halloween. Besides being dedicated to our favorite show Mad Men, we’re also big fans of HBO’s True Blood. Well, we looked all over for a case of TruBlood, but I guess it hasn’t made it up to Canada yet. But we couldn’t leave the vampire theme completely alone, so this week our drink of choice is Dracula’s Kiss, and it is indeed a delicious bloody treat. For extra fun we created a corn syrup blood to make the glasses look extra creepy.

I could have used one of these yesterday while attending the Toronto ZombieWalk Hundreds of zombies, young and old, found their way to Trinity-Bellwoods park just off of Dundas Street West. There were zombies from all walks of life, kings, messiahs, celebrities… I grabbed quite a few pictures and posted them online last night. Click here to enjoy the photos while I sit back with a cocktail – and avoid cleaning up the sugary bloody mess in my kitchen.

Bloody Glasses

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • red food colouring

Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water and cook (without stirring) to 300F (I guessed and it worked out pretty good)
Add the red food colouring.

Turn down the heat and wait a few minutes – the mixture still needs to remain hot – take the glass and dip the top of it into the red moisture. Pull the glass out and carefully turn it back rightside up. Be careful of the hot dripping mixture falling onto your hands.

Watch as it drips down the outside of the glass looking like real blood.

Dracula’s Kiss
Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Smirnoff black cherry vodka
  • 1/2 oz grenadine
  • coca-cola
  • maraschino cherries for garnish

Prepare:

1. Coat the bottom of a highball glass (i used a martini glass, it looked cooler) with grenadine.
2. Add the ice and black cherry vodka
3. Fill the rest with coke
4. Garnish with the cherries

Happy Halloween and cheers from Madtini World Headquarters!