Halloween certainly brings out the creative mixologist in a lot of people, including me. What is it about this holiday that drives grown adults to concoct sticky sweet or grossly visual cocktails? Some people think it's fun, others are above that sort of thing.
I guess I'm somewhere between the two schools of thought. So for the similarly indecisive, here are two cocktails for you to try...
Silly: Goblin Screwdrivers (from St Louis Entertains)
Pulp-free Orange Juice
Fill a glass halfway with OJ. Pour black vodka over the back of a spoon so it runs down the side of the glass, rather than plunging into the juice and mixing right away.
For the "eyes" use pitted cherries stuffed with cream cheese. Cut up one cherry into tiny little pieces, and use those pieces as the pupils. Pierce the completed eyes over wooden toothpicks and place on the rim of the glass.
This recipe originally called for olives in place of cherries. I thought olives and orange juice were an odd combination, and a reader suggested cherries.
Sophisticated: Satan's Whiskers (from thenibble.com)
This classic cocktail was first poured in the 1920s. Apparently "Satan's Whiskers!" was a common expletive at the time. (As in, "Satan's Whiskers! I can't find the car's start crank!")
1½ shots gin
1 shot sweet vermouth
1 shot fresh orange juice
1 bar spoon of Cointreau or other orange liqueur
Dash of orange bitters
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist (the whisker). If you have lychees, drop one on the bottom of the glass (Satan's eyeball)
...guessing the lychee was not in the 1920s version