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Vampire Inspired Cocktail

Vampire Inspired Cocktail

A bright red, fruity, spooky concoction inspired by vampires! Very easy to make and perfect for a Halloween cocktail party!MORE+LESS-

BySugar and Charm

Updated April 25, 2017

Ingredients

6

oz light cranberry juice

Steps

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  • 1

    In a cocktail shaker with ice combine the rum, cranberry juice, pineapple juice and grenadine.

  • 3

    Fill goblets with ice and strain the cocktail into the glass.

  • 4

    For a deeper red color, you can add an extra splash of grenadine.

Nutrition Information

No nutrition information available for this recipe

More About This Recipe

  • Ever since the Twilight saga hit America, we’ve had a little obsession with vampires!We just can’t get enough of those ghostly pale, blood-sucking vamps and I’m sure we’ll be seeing several vampire-inspired costumes this year! Seriously how many Bellas and Edwards will you see? Since you know you’ll have some vampire friends this season, I thought it would be nice to mix a Vampire-inspired Cocktail for them! This is a delicious, spooky and very simple cocktail to make for Halloween. Just watch out for any werewolves that may want to drink them all when you’re not looking!Add all of the ingredients in a large cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds.Strain into large goblets filled with ice and enjoy!!More Halloween-inspired cocktailsSpooky sippers for goblins and ghouls!

Halloween Recipe for Vampire Martini

It&rsquos Halloween, which means everyone will be looking to indulge in some Halloween-inspired treats. This year, why not try some Halloween martini recipes for twists on classic favorites? You can make any martini a Halloween martini by dyeing it a chilling color, like blood red or slimy green. As the drink is naturally clear, the color will look great!

If you seek to serve a unique Halloween cocktail, try a Vampire Kiss Martini. These Halloween martinis, which have an added treat of champagne, are sure to please 1, 2 or even a whole room full of guests. Not to mention, they&rsquore spooky!

Everyone loves a great martini and vampires are one of the most famed Halloween characters. This drink mixes the two into one ghoulish vampire martini that&rsquos perfect for Halloween. Here&rsquos what you'll need for the Vampire Kiss Martini:

  • 1 part vodka, chilled
  • 1 part Champagne
  • 1 part Chambord
  • 1 set of wax teeth

To make this vampire martini recipe, first put wax teeth in the martini glass. Pour in the vodka and top it with champagne. Next, take a spoon and pour a little of the Chambord over the back of it to make the dark liquid float at the top of the drink. Finally, garnish the rim (or the drink itself) with candy corn or blood orange slices for a creepy Halloween effect.

To complete this vampire cocktail, add the extra-spooky effect of &ldquoblood&rdquo that drips down the side of the martini glass. To create this effect, simply mix honey or light corn syrup (about a quarter cup) with red food coloring. Be careful when adding the food coloring: only squeeze one or two drops in at a time and be mindful that different types of food coloring will have varying levels of intensity (for example, only a small amount of gel food coloring is required to create the same effect that a liquid dye would need). Mix these ingredients together so that the honey or corn syrup looks blood red. Now you are ready to adorn your glass. Here, there are two options: place the liquid on a plate and dip the rim into it, allowing some drops to dribble down the side. Alternatively, use the end of a spoon or toothpick to create the drips manually.

No matter how you decide to adorn it, this vampire martini is sure to please and haunt!


Buffy Punch! A Grapefruit Shrub Cocktail

Rabid might not be strong enough a term for Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans&mdashthey&rsquore like werewolves in their fiercely protective loyalty.

For fangirls and academics alike, Sarah Michelle Gellar gets a lifetime pass for playing Buffy with a pitch-perfect blend of wry, self-deprecating humor and seriousness, giving gravitas to the &ldquoteenage girl saves the world from the forces of the Hellmouth&rdquo plot that made so many stupid snobbish television watchers dismiss the show out of hand.

Since the show ended in 2003, there&rsquos been a regrettable lack of SMG on my teevee, and it was a given that I&rsquod be watching when she finally returned to television in Ringer (one of the shows I watch with an open, un-guilty amount of pleasure others in this category include RuPaul&rsquos Drag Race and Hart of Dixie.)

If you like murders, secret-keeping, identity-swapping identical twins, the hotness of Ioan Gruffudd, and self-aware campiness that leads to episode titles like &ldquoWhat Are You Doing Here, Ho-Bag?&rdquo, please do watch.

As she&rsquos playing both an ex-drug addict/prostitute on the run from a murderous kingpin and her twin sister who&rsquos ditched her expensive Upper East Side life by faking her own death and is now clumsily plotting nefarious deeds (in a nutshell), Sarah Michelle Gellar doesn&rsquot have too many opportunities to act Buffy-like on the show.

But she got to briefly unleash the kickass in an episode last month, clocking a guy in the face with a fist-meets-chin tiny blonde furor that made me yell, &ldquoGo Buffy!&rdquo

The awesome moment was quickly immortalized as the &ldquoBuffy Punch&rdquo in an email discussion with Fug Girls Heather and Jessica.

It was just as quickly decided that &ldquoBuffy Punch&rdquo also made a stellar name for a drink that&rsquos kind of vapid at first glance, but which totally knocks you on your ass. And so I present The Buffy Punch in cocktail form.

The recipe is based on a shrub, a Colonial-era drink that came into being as a method of preserving in-season fruits.

Traditionally, whole fruit is macerated in vinegar and sometimes sugar or alcohol to break down the skins and pulp, and form a sweet but puckery syrup.

Some shrub recipes use heat to soften and infuse the fruits, boiling and straining away the jammy bits, but I&rsquove taken my inspiration from a blood orange shrub featured on Food in Jars for a citrus version using cold, freshly squeezed juice.

With a little bit of heat that leaves a lingering burn in your throat and the vinegar&rsquos tart, savory undertones, it&rsquos a surprisingly complex taste.

Like its namesake, the Buffy Punch seems simple&mdashalmost too simplistic&mdashand unassumingly girly on the surface. But don&rsquot underestimate it.


A Lush VAMPIRE-Style Dinner Party

Courtney from Pizzazzerie recently styled an AMAZING Vampire-themed dinner party for a Nashville Lifestyles piece… how gorgeous is this?!

The shoot was inspired by Love at First Bite: The Complete Vampire Lover’s Cookbook, which boasts “more than 300 suck ulent recipes. I love this idea for a clever twist on Halloween celebrations … or a fun excuse to celebrate your favorite vampire themed books, movies, or tv shows (and there seem to be, oh… 1 or 2 of those!).

Read on for more hauntingly beautiful images and all the creative details, as explained by Courtney

“When the publisher of Nashville Lifestyles magazine showed me “Love at First Bite: The Complete Vampire Lover’s Cookbook” in her office one day, we both knew it would make a fabulous feature for their October issue.

I got started right away pulling together all things black, red, and antique silver. We wanted to avoid anything too “Halloweeny” and tried to focus on chic and dark . The house we shot in had black ceilings, which really added to the dark and spooky atmosphere.

I used black velvet fabric as the table cover, topped with antique candelabras and tall red candle sticks. Candles were a main element of the table to add a spooky glow. To make the red dripped candles , I dripped a red candle on top of a white candle – and done! Placing mirrors down the center of the table created a ghastly reflection and a steady base for our candle sticks.

Using the Vampire Lovers’ Cookbook as my inspiration, I designed menus for each table setting including “ Steak Through the Heart ” and “ Devil Hair Pasta “.

Our local Whole Foods has an amazing pastry chef who created some simple chocolate ganache mini cupcakes topped with red “ blood drops “.

Then I used Martha Stewart’s Vampire Wine Labels to adorn bottles of red wine.

Another fun trick is to buy Halloween Drink Color Dye and use it to color your cocktails black or red. We did this with a Vampire Blood Cocktail in my vintage champagne flutes (see image #2, above), and it was a super easy way to give the cocktails a Vampire-appropriate look!”


Halloween Champagne Cocktail

This pretty pink champagne is a play on a classic cosmopolitan – you know, the drink made famous on Sex and the City.

A classic cosmopolitan is basically a vodka martini with a hit of cranberry juice and lime. Or more precisely:

If you’ve never had a classic cosmo, you’re missing out! Just try to get it made with real cranberry juice to avoid the sugar high that comes with “blends.”

As for our Vampire’s Kiss Cocktail, it is a tart and efferescent cocktail with a dry finish that leaves you wanting more. The color makes this cocktail look sweet when really, it’s anything but! (Just like a real vampire, no?)

PS – am I missing out having never watched or read the Twilight series? I’m a big Harry Potter nut but I was never really intrigued by the whole teen vampire phenomenon.

I also tried making this cocktail with a homemade cranberry simple syrup but my friends and I agreed that it was waaaay too sweet for our tastes. I like dry champagne so adding sweetness kind of ruins it for me. (The cranberry ginger ale is fine because it brings in that crispness of the ginger and the lime helps cut the sweetness.)

But if you think sweeter is better, you can make your own cranberry simple syrup by combing 1/2 cup of cranberries with 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the mixture is reduced by half and has taken on a pink color from the cranberries – remove the skins and then keep the cranberry simple syrup in the fridge until it’s time to use it. Add just a teaspoon at a time until you reach your desired sweetness.

Tip: I often order my liquor from Drizly because they have a quick delivery time (sometimes within 40 minutes) and no expensive mark-ups. Purchasing from them supports local retailers, too. You can order the Vodka and Champagne needed for this recipe from them.

Pink Champagne Cocktail Ingredients

  • Vodka
  • Pink Champagne
  • Cranberry ginger ale, to taste <– can use lemon juice, if preferred
  • Pink food dye, optional <– this set of food coloring has lasted me forever and I love that it creates highly saturated colors with just a drop , optional <– can use light corn syrup, if preferred

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: the champagne and gingerale should be chilled for at least 2 hours prior to making these cocktails.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful:

I really loved using my gorgeous Omishome Bartending Kit to make this recipe. The pretty bamboo holder contains all of the tools you need to make perfect cocktails, and those pretty gold tools add a touch of class to your home bar set-up.


The Vampire Kiss Cocktail

Happy Halloween! Are you guys busy getting ready for a night of trick-or-treating and mischief tonight? I know we are. Last night we put the finishing touches on our costumes, and carved our pumpkins – something that everyone looks forward to. I currently have my seeds drying and are going to roast them today. Then I’m thinking maybe pumpkin seed brittle this weekend!

Since the spooky day fell on a Friday this year, I thought it would be fun to share a Halloween-inspired cocktail. I know a lot of folks are heading out to parties tonight, or hosting one themselves, and this drink is just too much fun!

It’s a pretty simple recipe – vodka, pineapple juice, raspberry puree, and some seltzer water for a little fizzy action to tickle the taste buds. But the real kicker is the creepy blood rim that’s made with just corn syrup and red food coloring. How devilishly delicious!

I hope that everyone has a very festive and Happy Halloween! We’re ready to roam the streets of Chincoteague begging for candy for the first time. So watch out ‘teaguers, we have some little ghouls heading your way tonight. Everyone be safe, and have a great weekend!

Vampire Kiss Cocktails

1 cup vodka
2 cups pineapple juice
2 Tbsp raspberry puree*
1 cup seltzer water
ice

For the blood rim:
3 Tbsp light corn syrup
1 tsp red food coloring

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher or carafe. Stir to combine well.

Combine the corn syrup and the food coloring until well blended in a shallow bowl. Gently dip the rim of the wine glass slightly into the “blood”, then fill with ice. Fill glasses up with the mixed cocktail and serve.

* To make raspberry puree, combine 1/2 cup fresh raspberries with 1 tsp. granulated sugar in a food processor. Blend until smooth, then push through a fine-mesh strainer to remove large pieces of pulp and seeds.


Dracula's Blood Cocktail

Are you getting your ghosts, ghouls, and goblins ready for Halloween? Yes, it's that time of year to be stocking up on Halloween candy, picking out costumes, and prepping for any Halloween festivities you've got going on.

We're pretty low-key about Halloween around here at The Kitchen is My Playground, sticking to just some basic trick-or-treating and a pumpkin carving or two to celebrate this ghoulish day. But we do also enjoy a fun and festive Halloween drink or two, too!

For our 9-year-old Miss H., it's a brightly-orange-colored 2-ingredient orange creamsicle or orange creamsicle Shirley Temple drink. Or, if we're feeling like really being in the Halloween theme, a jack-o-lantern Mason jar drink with an easy orange slice pumpkin topper.

But for us grown-ups, we'll take something with a little more kick!

Like this rum and peach Schnapp's-based Dracula's Blood Cocktail. With its deep dark red color conjuring up the creepy conduct of Dracula, it's simply perfect for Halloween sipping.

And what could be more Dracula-ish than a set of vampire fangs? To make this cocktail even more festive, drop in a set of plastic vampire teeth to add to the Halloween cocktail fun. A Halloween-inspiring drink garnish doesn't get much easier than that!

This Dracula's Blood Cocktail gets its deep dark red color from a combination of black cherry juice and grenadine.


Whether you're hosting a socially distanced Halloween party or having a mischievous night at home with family, these spooky Halloween cocktail and drink recipes are sure to send a shiver up your spine. Despite its eerie appearance, our Vampire Vodka Cocktail is perfectly sweet and bloody delicious. It starts with an eye-catching simple syrup made from light agave syrup, pomegranate juice, and grated red beet. Next, combine vodka, grapefruit juice, and fresh lime juice in a highball glass and top with the syrup.

Want to really scare your guests? Offer them an Eyeball Martini. A classic vodka martini gets an eye-popping garnish of pimento-stuffed green olives that are realistic enough to make everyone do a double-take. The secret? A single black peppercorn is tucked into each olive, giving them the appearance of an eye. Another Halloween martini recipe is our two-ingredient Berry Scary Martini black vodka, cherry juice, and ice are combined in a cocktail shaker and mixed up until ice cold and evenly incorporated.

If you want to keep things simple, try a classic with a Halloween twist&mdashwe think the Screwed-Up Screwdriver fits the bill. Black vodka and freshly squeezed tangerine juice are layered in a glass for a jack-o-lantern-style drink. Skip the plastic straw and serve with black licorice for sipping instead.

Or rise from the murky, green water with our Swamp Sips. The secret to the ghastly green hue is green tea powder, which is used to garnish the rim of the glass. A combination of green fruit-juice blend and fresh lime juice also contributes to the color of this Halloween drink.


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Our summer mentorship program will feature a host of new mentors we're excited to connect you with, including:

Linda Xu, Entrepreneur and E-Commerce Expert

Linda is the co-founder and chief growth officer at Cart.com, a Series-A e-commerce technology platform that partners with brands to help them grow. Linda served as head of growth at Sitari Ventures where she oversaw strategy and operations. She has acquired and advised tech and consumer companies as a private equity investor at global firms including The Riverside Company and Lazard. Additionally, Linda spent a brief stint on the team launching Uber Freight. She loves all things food and plants.

Stephanie Cartin, Social Media Expert + Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur at heart, Stephanie walked away from her corporate career in 2012 to follow her passion to launch Socialfly, a leading social-first digital and influencer marketing agency based in New York City. Socialfly has since blossomed to over 30 full-time employees and has been named to Inc. 5000's fastest growing private companies two years in a row. The agency has worked with over 200 well-known brands including Girl Scouts, WeTV, Conair, Nest Fragrances, 20th Century Fox and Univision. Stephanie is the co-host of the Entreprenista Podcast and co-author of Like, Love, Follow: The Entreprenista's Guide to Using Social Media To Grow Your Business. She is also a recent recipient of the SmartCEO Brava award, which recognizes the top female CEOs in New York and a Stevie Award for Women Run Workplace of the Year.

Kristina Ross, Content Creator + Social Media Whiz

Kristina Makes #Content is a social media ✨funtrepreneur✨, creative strategist, and public speaker for all things Internet related. Four years as a magazine editor and producer/copywriter in the world of advertising (Mercedes, Cancer Research, French Kiss Records), Kristina packed her bags and decided to go remote with social media as she saw a booming industry. Since then, she built @thefabstory from 10k to 1m followers in just 18 months and now specializes in creative strategies behind social media advertising and user acquisition. Her campaigns have levelled apps from the top 50 into #1 in their app store categories overnight. Kristina's work and experiences have been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global and has given several talks at Harvard Business School on the big bad world of #content.

A.V. Perkins, Selfmade Alum and Creator of AVdoeswhat

A.V. is a DIY expert and creator of Avdoeswhat.com. What began as a traditional Do-It-Yourself blog has grown into a lifestyle platform that includes crafts, upcycled furniture and pop culture. As a digital host for HGTV Handmade, along with appearances in Bustle, The Pioneer Woman, and BuzzFeed, A.V. is determined to help thrifty millennials realize "Life is better when you Do-It-Yourself!" A.V. is also the co-creator of University of Dope, an exciting thought-provoking card game that celebrates Hip Hop culture.The first of its kind.

David Mesfin, Creative Director + Brand Expert

David is a multi-disciplinary designer and creative director with award-winning integrated campaign background, including the Super Bowl, FIFA, NFL, and global launch campaign. He has created global partnerships to increase brand awareness through traditional, digital, social, and experimental marketing campaigns, collaborating with C-suite leaders from Genesis, Hyundai, Honda, Sony, Adidas, Oakley, Toyota, Neutrogena, Land more to communicate their company's vision through creative and marketing. He has earned awards from Cannes, One Show, Clio, Webby, EFFIE, Communication Arts, Google Creative Sandbox, OC and LA ADDY, DIGIDAY, TED | Ads Worth Spreading, American Advertising Federation, FWA, The A-List Hollywood Awards, IAB Mixx, and Graphis.

Jasmine Plouffe, Brand Strategist

Jasmin is a brand strategist/graphic designer who helps female entrepreneurs attract their dream customers by sharing their story and taking their branding and graphic design to a whole new level.

Plus, our Selfmade Alum will be there to guide you along the way! Go from feeling alone to feeling deeply connected to a community of like-minded women. Our professional business and career coaches will encourage you to take the next step toward your biz goals via weekly Accountability Pods. Students will have access to a wide community of like-minded entrepreneurs, including experts, founders, future business partners, freelancers, and more.

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