I mentioned last week that I’m planning a Halloween cocktail party, and shared my first recipe (click here to see it!). Well it’s time for recipe number two, a cocktail that I’ve called Souls of the Damned… (so scary, right?).
So what’s in it? Well, first of all, let me explain how I got to developing this recipe. I love autumn, including the food and drink. Apple pie, fruit preserves, cinnamon spice, chai tea… YUM. But for my Halloween cocktail party, I didn’t want all of the food and drink to be so rich. I wanted to break it up a little with something light, refreshing and easy to drink. So naturally, my attention turned to gin. Better yet, gin and tonic, with lemon, lime and a special twist! Get the recipe for my refreshingly light Souls of the Damned cocktail below…
Souls of the Damned Halloween cocktail recipe
- Tonic water
- Fresh lemon
- Fresh lime
- Popping candy
- Ice cubes
Ahead of serving this, dilute a few drops of blue food colouring with water, then freeze in an ice cube tray. When you’re ready to serve the cocktail, mix 1 part gin with 2 parts tonic water in a cocktail shaker. Add lots of ice and shake vigorously for a few seconds. Fill a glass with the blue ice cubes (which you’ve frozen in advance), then strain the gin and tonic into the glass, over the ice. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and stir gently. Garnish with a fresh wedge of lemon and a skewered piece of lemon peel. For the final surprise touch, top with a generous sprinkle of popping candy just before serving.
I’ll admit that this isn’t the most involved cocktail you’ll ever make – but sometimes simplicity is best! However, the addition of the popping candy at the end is what steals the show. Not only does it add a mysterious crackling sound, it also leaves a zingy feel in your mouth when you drink it, which works perfectly with the bitterness of the citrus fruits. It’s light, refreshing and somewhat other-worldly… I think it lives up to the name of Souls of the Damned! Enjoy! – Mike.