The wonderful Julia from Snarky Vegan came up with a fabulous idea this week of getting a bunch of bloggers together to do a series of Halloween martinis! Never one to turn down an excuse for cocktails I jumped at the idea. Julia sent through two recipes, which you can find on her blog, and we all based our martinis around her ideas. And as proof that the martinis turned out fabulously I am now curled up on my couch at 11am wearing my partners oversized t-shirt, comfy jeans and sunnies while waiting for sausage rolls to arrive (ain’t no way I was driving to the shops!).
I also made some quick nibblies to go with the cocktails. They were both super easy!
Cocktail number one: Graveyard Smash Martini
For this you will need:
5 shots vodka
1 shot vanilla liqueur
1 shot chocolate syrup
ice, for shaking
chocolate syrup, for rimming the glasses
To rim the glasses, pour chocolate syrup onto a plate and run the edge of the glass in the syrup.
Grind up oreos and spread them out on a plate. dip the glass into the oreo crumbs, making sure the edges of the glass are evenly coated.
In a shaker, with ice, combine the vodka, vanilla liqueur and chocolate syrup. If you don’t have access to vanilla liqueur you could use vanilla vodka or just use a little extra vodka with a splash of vanilla essence.
I love my vanilla liqueur, it even has a vanilla pod in it to keep it potent!
Once the mix is all shaken up and chilled strain it into the rimmed martini glasses.
Top with some more oreo crumbs and a goulish garnish. I used some fingers that I picked up for $1 from Woolworths, you could use gummy worms or floating eye balls, whatever takes your fancy!
Cocktail number two: Slimy Spiced Martini
For this you will need:
3 shots vodka
1 shot rum
1/2 shot vanilla liqueur
1/2 shot butterscotch liqueur
1 shot white chocolate liqueur
cooked tapioca pearls
Rim the glass as shown in the previous cocktail but add some ground cinnamon to the oreo crumbs.
Place a tablespoon of tapioca pearls to each glass. I used these tiny coloured balls but you can use the larger ones and colour them yourself. I have done green large pearls before and that turns out really spooky!
In a shaker, over ice, combine the vodka and liqueurs. If you don’t have access to a vegan white chocolate liqueur you can substitute it for some rice milk and a little extra butterscotch.
How beautiful is this butterscotch liquer?! We picked it up from Castle Glen while we were down in Stanthorpe, along with the vanilla liquer and the white chocolate liquer. 99% of their products are vegan and all made by the guy who sells it to you at the cellar door!
Pour the chilled mix into the martini glasses.
And garnish with some ground cinnamon.
I made some MummyDogs which were super easy! Just wrap a sausage in some pastry (I used Fry’s Sausages and Borgs’ pastry) cut out a slot for the eyes and wrap it in strips of more pastry. Done!
Oh, don’t forget to bake them as well!
I also made some more sausage rolls with Halloween cut outs on them. A coffin, bat and spider.
Along with a ghost and a jack-o-lantern. I put cheese in these ones along with the sausages. (I used Cheezely Soy-free cheese.)
I also made some spooky candy apples. I made a basic toffee and coloured it with black food colouring. I used sticks, that I cleaned very well(!!!) from my yard as the handles.
And, of course, we watched Nightmare Before Christmas!
Thanks again to Julia for giving me a reason to celebrate Halloween in a country that is very much lacking in the spooky holiday sector. I will have the links up to the other bloggers involved soon. #CREEPYCOCKTAILS!!!