Monday, October 15, 2012

Three Creeptastic Ways to Serve Cocktails for Halloween

by Megan S.

There's no need to buy a billion and two strange ingredients you'll never use again to serve thematic cocktails and mocktails on Halloween.  You just need a couple of clever ways to style the drinks and you'll be the hit of the party.  Not sure what to do?  Try these three easy monster styling suggestions!

The Mad Scientist

The Mad Scientist is the easiest of the bunch.  All you'll need are corn syrup and Pop Rocks.  First, dab the syrup on a corner of a paper towel.  Then, use the towel to wipe syrup onto the rim of the glass.  Next, pour the Pop Rocks onto a small dish.  Finally, invert the glass and wiggle it around in the candy, covering as much of the rim as possible.

Serve the Mad Scientist with cola for a fun spin on the old Little Mikey urban myth.  I'm living proof your stomach won't explode.

The Vampire

The Vampire is another easy way to style a drink.  You'll need plastic fangs, corn syrup, and red food dye for this one.  (If chocolate will go well with the cocktail or mocktail you're planning on using, you can make an even more realistic-looking and tasty blood with this recipe.)

Thoroughly mix a few drops of red food dye with the syrup.  Then, use the the spoon to drip the blood down the INSIDE of the glass.  Don't get any on the outside or you'll end up with a sticky mess.  Next, position the plastic fangs on the rim.  (Thanks to Sugar and her Vampire Kiss Martini for that idea!)  Finally, carefully pour the cocktail directly into the middle of the glass.  Pouring the drink down the inside of the glass will ruin the bloody drip effect.

The Mummy

The Mummy is my favorite of the three styling ideas but it's also the most work-intensive.  Don't let that dissuade you.  It's still pretty easy.  You'll need black tea, a rubber band, and four pieces of sterile gauze per glass.  Feel free to use cheesecloth if you have it.  I like using what I have on hand and, since I'm clumsy, gauze is what I've got.

First, brew the tea and let it steep for at least ten minutes.  You want it dark to achieve your desired outcome.  Next, place all four pieces of gauze into the tea.  Take out two pieces after one minute and the rest after five.  The goal is to have the gauze varrying shades of brown.  After all the gauze is out of the tea, lay each piece flat on a cookie sheet and dry them in a 375 degree oven for about four minutes.  Don't worry if the gauze singes at the edges, this will actually add to the effect!

Next, place the rubber band around the glass.  You'll use this to hold one piece of the gauze in place.

After tucking the first piece of gauze under the rubber band, haphazardly wrap the remaining three pieces around the glass, tying the pieces off when you've reached the ends.

Instant mummification!

Got any additional styling tips?  Leave 'em in the comments.

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