Not for the faint hearted, this cocktail is a devilishly moreish and deceptively strong drink that is perfect for Halloween celebrations.
It’s gin based with flavours of sharp, sweet berries and fresh, crisp orange. It not only tastes incredible but also forms a bloodthirsty red colour making it a totally effortless horror themed drink.
The ingredients are made up of bar cart classics, but you may have to search around for the edible pearl dust and freeze dried raspberry pieces. They’re are both used for garnishing though, so the cocktail can still be made without them.
I used Whitby Gin, a fantastic spirit that I was introduced to through my Craft Gin Club October box. Whitby Gin combines rich and hearty botanicals such as heather, plum and pepper dulse, all inspired by the rugged, Whitby coastline.
Whitby is also famous for it’s earie and macabre history. The small coastal town and it’s tales of smugglers, storms and hauntings inspired author Bram Stoker to write Count Dracula, with Whitby as the backdrop to the stories famous horrors. It’s a fascinating history and makes this cocktail even more perfect for a spooky evening.
Ingredients | Makes 1
- 30ml of Gin – I used Whitby Gin
- 25ml of Chambord
- 15ml of Cointreau liqueur
- 15ml of Lemon Juice
- Tonic water to top
- 6 blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- ¼ tsp edible pearl dust
- 1 tbsp Freeze Dried Raspberry pieces (available from Waitrose and Lakeland)
- 1 wedge of lemon
- To prepare the glass, spread out the freeze dried raspberry pieces on to a plate. Run the wedge of lemon around the rim of the glass and dip into the raspberry pieces, twisting until the rim is evenly coated. set aside
- Pour the Cointreau, lemon juice, Chambord, gin and ice into a cocktail mixer and shake. Strain into the glass, being careful not to touch the rim.
- Top with tonic water and stir in the edible pearl dust
- Garnish with blackberries and serve!