So you probably don’t know this about me, but Halloween is quite possibly my favorite holiday. What’s not to love about Halloween? Candy, dressing up, candy, drinking (when over 21 ), candy, little kids begging, candy, spooky movies, candy, Hocus Pocus with Bette Midler!, candy, zombies… and did I mention candy?
This year, my roommate and I decided we wanted to do something fun yet chill for Halloween, which basically meant we’d have a party at our place and then go out for a little while. We have class on Saturdays, which is super lame, so yesterday’s event was low key, but also a ton of fun!
I decided to be a ninja turtle for Halloween… mostly because I wanted weapons and a backpack to carry my stuff. That backpack definitely came in handy– no lugging around a purse for me!
But the most important thing about this Halloween is that I got to be a part of a super cool group of vegans to test out Creepy Cocktails (hashtag: #creepycocktails on Twitter.) Set up by Julia from the Snarky Vegan, we were given two martini recipes to try and test out on our
A little preface: I was only able to try one martini recipe from the test group. I worked late last night, and I didn’t have time to both get into my costume and make the martinis. I did the best I could though!! Also, I sent my roommate out to get the ingredients because, again, I was at work and a little behind in getting schoolwork + martini ingredients done. Roommate did the best she could, but she didn’t get vegan graham crackers or gummy worms. In that case, I didn’t use the graham crackers at all, and I only used the gummy worms for garnish on my friends’ drinks.
Here was the recipe we tried:
Graveyard Smash Martini
- 2 ounces vanilla vodka, or regular if vanilla not available
- 2 ounces Frangelico
- squirt of vegan chocolate syrup
- crumbled chocolate Newman-O’s (or oreos) for rimming the glass and sprinkling “graveyard dirt” on the beverage
- dressing up: gummy worm or toy spider or skeleton hand
Shake vodka, Frangelico and syrup in a shaker with ice. Pour in martini glass that is already rimmed with cookie crumbs (chocolate syrup will help them stick). Position the worm/spider/skeleton in/on the beverage, hanging over the side or sticking up through the murky brew then sprinkle cookie crumbs on top of beverage. Goal is for the cookie and muddy liquid to look dirty/muddy. Like a graveyard. So anything related works (headstone cookies, etc. this is where folks can get creative, all kinds of spooky swizzle sticks are possible)
Here was the beginning of my martini masterpiece: I rimmed the top of our glasses with chocolate syrup, and dipped the tops of the glasses in mashed up Halloween Oreos. My roommate mashed the Oreos and she didn’t do the best job, so the rims kind of looked funky. Also, when I was rimming the glasses with syrup, some syrup escaped too quickly and ran down the insides of the glasses. It actually looked cooler that way! If only the syrup was red, it would have looked like blood.
I had my friend Eric make the drinks, as he called himself an “expert mixologist.” Also, when I tried shaking the drink in our cheap Target shaker, the lid flew off and spilled alcohol everywhere. Oops! The only thing bad about Eric making the drinks was that he left large chunks of ice in the shaker, which then went into the martinis. It wasn’t bad, and you can see from this picture that it kind of looks like bones! Also, that’s Eric’s hand in the upper left corner as he pours the drinks.
Finished drink #1!
Finished drink #2 up close! This was my roommate’s drink. I know, it doesn’t look dark/graveyard spooky enough. I promise you, some drinks looked darker than others. It all depends on how much oreos you mash up and put in your drink. By the time I took a picture of this drink, everyone had quaffed at least one of these bad boys, and most had forgotten about the oreo crumbs (sitting, as you can see, right on the table!)
This is a picture of our friend drinking the Graveyard Smash Martini. We unfortunately didn’t get any pictures of me drinking the martini, as I was the photographer/hostess… and everyone else was getting crunk
Unfortunately, not everyone liked this drink. I must tell you, in the interest of those who don’t like sweet drinks, this drink is very, very sweet. We followed the instructions to a T, and at least two people thought that this was way too sugary for their tastes.
Our friend Pete decided he was drinking rum and coke, because this drink was too sweet for him.
So be forewarned, all you ghosts and goblins out there, you might not like this drink if you’re not into sweet stuff. If, on the other hand, you like to get your drink on/you like it sweet, you will definitely like this drink!
But don’t just take my word for it! A ton of other awesome bloggers reviewed the drinks, and you can find their reviews (and awesome blogs!) on the list below. Have a bewitchingly wonderful Halloween weekend, everyone!
My co-hosts in graveyard delights: