it’s that BOOtiful time of year again. #HalloweenCocktails

[22 Oct 2007 | By | 26 Comments]

It is that time of year again, and I don’t mean the time for Christmas songs or raking leaves, not the time that the mittens come out or the hot chocolate is stocked. For me, this time of year has quite another flirtatiously nostalgic meaning: Halloween Cocktails.

It is this enchanting time of year when I don the imaginary witches’ hat (okay, maybe not so imaginary, since I do own a few…) and begin brewing and stirring and cackling while I drop a bit of this and a splash of that into libations and concoctions of a mysterious kind.

Last year was all about the Purple People Eater—a cocktail that was as sweet as a jolly rancher and went down like kids’ koolaid. Lots of jolliness accompanied that one. And once I made a special point to stir a ghost into oblivion; I called this misshapen white cocktail the Liquefied Ghost. Half the fun is naming them, after all. What’s the other half? Brewing them and handing them to suspicious onlookers.

This year I have been working on a special concoction, something spooky and sour, sassy and smart. I imagine a spider hissing and flailing until it wilts into the bottom of my glass. Sunken Spider. Drunken Spider. Smashed Spider. Black Widow. Wilted Widow. What to call this spooky Halloween drink? The jury is out: did the spider sink because it is past its prime or because it primed the pump? Is this scary spider dead or drunk? Either way, with legs dangling over the sides, it leaves much to be desired. And so it goes with haunting libations.

I need your help: what would you call this drink? One of the names listed above or another? Drunken Spider is a placeholder, a temporary name for this laughably leggy drink:

Drunken Spider
Cream de Cassis
triple sec
fresh lemon juice
Pomegranate juice
licorice strings

For two cocktails (or one cocktail shaker): 2 parts cassis, 3 parts vodka, 1 part triple sec, 1 part lemon juice, 1 part pomegranate. Sorry, even though I bought a little measuring glass for shots, I never seem to use it. I make cocktails with ratios. If I were over my skillet, each ‘part’ would translate to a ‘glugg’ of olive oil. Just think in fractions: for the Black Widow, your shaker is 8 parts. Go from there. Too much of this, too little of that: trust me, the spider really won’t care one way or another.

(I created a Halloween Cocktail Pinterest Board—just in case you want to ogle/follow my growing list of Halloween Cocktails).

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  • Karen said (25 October 2007 at 6:34 pm):

    This looks so gorgeously evil I might have to try it…

  • aria said (29 October 2007 at 8:39 am):

    eeeeeeeeeeeeew creepy. i bet its delidh, i love it!

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  • Savvy said (16 October 2008 at 11:11 am):

    What a great idea. I hope you don’t mind, I linked to this cocktail in my Halloween cocktails post:

  • Beck said (16 October 2008 at 12:10 pm):

    How about a Spider Bite?

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  • janelle said (21 October 2008 at 9:37 am):

    Karen: it is evil:)))

    Aria: it is creepy! I love that!

    Savvy: thanks for the pingback; how fun!

    Beck: nice, I like it… now what to put in it:))). Something spicy, with an unexpected kick.

    El Invernadero Radio: love being included, thanks!

  • Piratemum said (22 October 2008 at 10:31 am):

    How about ‘The Black Widowmaker’? Close to the original, yet so, so deadly.

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  • Anonymous said (27 July 2011 at 7:47 am):

    the drunken spider

  • Cat said (21 August 2011 at 12:17 am):

    Black widow – definetely! Everyone will know that this black somethin is not dead, evil and by the way as huge as it seems to be! I think about givin it a try on a bachelorette’s next month…

  • halloweenie said (12 October 2011 at 2:17 pm):

    so…how did you make the spider?

  • janelle (author) said (12 October 2011 at 2:37 pm):

    Halloweenie: wow cannot believe I didn’t mention that!? black licorice! Just out of the bulk section at my grocery store! They were the black licorice ‘spirals’ they are circles of licorice that you unravel. So the spider is just 6 sections of the licorice unwound a bit and hanging over the edge. I may have dropped the center/inner circle into the bottom of the glass for the spider body;). You would be surprised at the ideas you can come up with just by checking out the bulk candy bins;).

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    I felt like the cocktail needed a little kick, a little spice. I added muddled cardamon seeds and a splash of domain de canton ginger….AMAZING!

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    Love this! Great idea jeanine!

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