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Halloween

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It's that time of year again to cut up old sheets, paint on the fake blood, stock up on sweets and question how the girl in the sexy mouse costume has anything to do with Hallowe'en.


Traditionally, Halloween is the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day, which is dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (the hallows) and departed believers. In many parts of the world, the Christian observances of All Hallows' Eve includes lighting candles on the graves of the dead.

Since 1974, New York City's Greenwich Village has hosted the world's largest Halloween parade. It stretches over 1.6 kilometres (a mile) and includes more than sixty thousand costumed participants, circus performers, floats, live bands and giant puppets.

Trick-or-treating used to mean gorging on sweets and chocolate whilst trekking the streets knocking on strangers' doors. If that no longer appeals, for whatever reason, there is always a Hallowe'en cocktail. Indulging in some of these will definitely make staying up and defending the house from riotous children that little bit more rewarding.

Blood Sage


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Glass: Martini
Garnish: Sage leaf
Method: MUDDLE orange and sage in base of shaker. Add other ingredients, SHAKE with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.
½ shot Freshly squeezed orange juice (blood)
2 fresh Sage leaves
2 shot Bombay Original London dry gin
¾ shot Freshly squeezed lime juice
½ shot Monin Pure Cane sugar syrup (65°brix, 2:1 sugar/water)
½ fresh Egg white
Origin: Adapted from a drink created by Ryan Magarian, Seattle, USA.
Comment: Sage combines wonderfully with gin and orange in this beautifully balanced drink.

Vampiro


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Glass: Old-fashioned
Garnish: Lime wedge
Method: SHAKE all ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass.
2 shot Olmeca Altos 100% agave tequila (reposado)
1 shot Tomato juice
1 shot Freshly squeezed orange juice
½ shot Freshly squeezed lime juice
½ shot Pomegranate (grenadine) syrup
7 drop Tabasco hot pepper sauce
1 pinch Salt
1 grind Black pepper
Origin: The national drink of Mexico where it's often made with pomegranate juice in place of tomato juice and without the grenadine.
Comment: Something of a supercharged Bloody Mary with tequila and a hint of sweet grenadine.

Bat Bite


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Glass: Collins
Garnish: Lime wedge
Method: SHAKE all ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass.
2 shot Bacardi Superior rum
1 shot Crème de framboise liqueur
2 shot Ocean Spray cranberry juice
½ shot Freshly squeezed lime juice
Origin: Adapted from a cocktail promoted by Bacardi.
Comment: All too easy - light and fruity, lightly fortified with rum character.

Death In Venice


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Glass: Flute
Garnish: Orange zest twist
Method: POUR Campari and grapefruit bitters into chilled glass and TOP with Prosecco.
½ shot Campari Bitter
2 dash Grapefruit bitters
Top up with Prosecco sparkling wine
Origin: Created in 2010 by Tony Conigliaro at 69 Colebrooke Row, London, England.
Comment: Something of a cross between the Italian Spritz and Ernest Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon.

Screaming Banana Banshee


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Glass: Hurricane
Garnish: Banana chunk
Method: BLEND all ingredients with 12oz scoop of crushed ice and serve with straws.
2 shot Ketel One vodka
1 shot Bols banana liqueur
1 shot Bols Cacao White
1½ shot Double (heavy) cream
1½ shot Milk
½ fresh Banana (peeled)
Origin: Without the vodka this is a plain 'Banana Banshee'.
Comment: An alcoholic milkshake - not too sweet.

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