Halloween Themed Shooters!
Halloween is coming - Yay! I love this time of year ... the fall weather, the changing color of the leaves, and the fun of Halloween. I love how *nuts* one can with with party planning for Halloween, as there are so many directions that one can go. Do you go for gory? Campy? Elegant goth? Each option has an entire world of possibilities for decor and food.
For our part, my husband and I recently decided to craft up some Halloween themed shooters recipes. We decided to go fairly random on Halloween subthemes, while designing.... colors, flavors, and.. well, a couple that we were just aiming for "gross".
As most of these ended up utilizing layering techniques, I'd suggest reading my earlier blog entry, "Shot Tectonics: The Science of Layered Shooters" before getting started. No worries, it's really not that difficult!
Have fun with these Halloween Themed Shooters!
Halloween Candy Shot
Pour Orange Curacao into a shotglass, filling it about halfway. Gently pour Anisette into the middle of the glass, filling it almost to the top.
The Anisette is "heavier" than the Curacao, and will sink to the bottom - creating a pretty gradient effect as it does.
Witches' Stockings Shot
I've got to admit - on its own, I really don't like Creme de Violette. In this drink, though? It works! Monumentally more palatable, IMHO!
Creme de Violette
Sour Apple Pucker Liqueur
Layer liqueurs in order of mention above - First the Creme de Violette, then Apple Pucker, topping off with Orange Curacao.
Be VERY gentle as you layer these liqueurs - They're fairly close in specific gravity, so they require a bit of extra attention to not mix them!
Candy Corn Shot
This one may not taste anything like Candy Corn specifically (We were going for layered colors, more than anything...), but it DOES taste like candy!
Creme de Banane
White Chocolate Creme Liqueur (We used Merry's)
Layer liqueurs in order of mention above - First the Creme de Banane, then White Chocolate Creme, topping off with Orange Curacao.
The Bloody Eyeball Shot
I'm not going to lie, the actual shot part of this drink was a bit of an afterthought. The idea of making an edible bloody eyeball came to me in a dream, and was what inspired this whole blog entry. Then I woke up, googled, and found that I wasn't the first to think of it. BOO.
Red colored seedless jam (We used Lingonberry)
Sour Apple Pucker liqueur
Use a small spoon to carefully fill each lychee with jam. Place a large blueberry in the opening of the lychee, pressing in gently to secure the berry / cause a bit of gushing.
Fill shot glasses about ¾ full with Sour Apple Pucker, then pour a bit of grenadine right in the middle. It'll sink to the bottom, with a bit of swirl.
Top each glass with a lychee eyeball, using a toothpick if necessary.
Zombie Brain Hemorrhage
This next one.. I can't even tell you what it tastes like! We went for appearance first, looking to employ pouring and curdling techniques to create something that just looked disgusting. I can't handle drinking curdled drinks... but my husband loved this!
We used a tall shot glass for effect, but these are usually done with normal shot glasses... whatever floats your boat will work just fine.
Creme de Menthe (Green, not clear!)
Bailey's Irish Cream
Pour the Peach Schnapps into a shot glass, about ½ full. Pour a splash of Creme de Menthe in next - it'll sink to the bottom.
Next, pour on the Bailey's. I like to do a clean layer, you may prefer to gently pour it in for more of a mixed "brain" effect.
Just before serving, pour a splash of grenadine into the middle of the shot glass. It'll drag some Bailey's down, causing a curdling effect. It's kind of mesmerizing to watch - here's a progression:
We DID take a video of it, on the night we designed these cocktails. You'll have to excuse us, it was at the END of the cocktail design session...
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