If you’d like to pretend to be a vampire this Halloween — minus the part where you bite people — we found just the cocktail recipe for you. From top-rated private chef (and Thumbtack pro) Michelle Fitzgerald, owner of Let’s Eat Sonoma, this new take on an Old Fashioned features warm spices, whiskey and orange with food coloring for an on-theme shade of blood red. Plus it’s served in a test tube, so you can feel like a vampire and a mad scientist all at once.
Recipe: Vampire Shots (Cocktail)
- 1 orange
- 4 ounces rye or wheat whiskey
- 2 ounces sweet vermouth
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of cardamom
- Dash of ground cloves
- Red food coloring
- Citrus juicer
- Large cocktail shaker
- Ribbon (optional)
- Food tags (optional)
Cut the orange in half. Squeeze the juice of one-half orange (about one ounce). Combine the cinnamon, cardamom and ground cloves in a dish.
Combine whiskey, sweet vermouth, orange juice and spices in a large shaker. Add one drop of red food coloring. Add traditional ice and shake for at least 30 seconds to chill and evenly disperse color.
Pour the cocktail from the shaker into a measuring cup with a good pour spout, then distribute the cocktail evenly from the measuring cup to four test tubes. Leave at least 1 cm at the top for the test tube cork.
Seal each test tube with its cork. If desired, use ribbon and food tags to label each test tube. Serve standing upright.
If not serving immediately, set aside upright in refrigerator. Gently shake each test tube before serving as the ingredients will settle slightly.
This post is part of our 2017 Halloween recipe series. For more food and drink recipes, see all the stories here.