Spooky Spirits!

Halloween isn’t just for the little Hallo ‘weenies’ anymore.

Have some friends over and cook up a few halloween bevies for all the grown up ghouls! Leave it to Martha and her team to come up with some fun twists on old cocktail classics.

I chose cocktails that have simple enough ingredients, at least ingredients we have all heard of. Truthfully you could be as simple as serving up beer in an interesting vessel, for instance have any old science class beeker’s lying around? How about freezing some grenadine droplets or red food colouring into an ice cube tray and freezing then  just serving those into glasses of water? Even Grapes or olives can look like eyeballs if the pitch is good enough… so be creative and have some fun!

The Martini:

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dry vermouth
  • 8 ounces premium gin
  • Ice cubes
  • Pickled Baby Beets, each placed on a cocktail skewer

Directions

  1. Chill 4 martini glasses in the freezer or fill with ice water and let sit until frosty, about 5 minutes (pour out water). Add the vermouth, dividing evenly; swirl to coat the glasses, then pour out. Add gin to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled; divide among chilled glasses. Garnish each with a skewered pickled baby beet, and serve immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Cider:

Ingredients

Fine black sanding sugar

  • 1 lady apple, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 ounce maple syrup
  • 1 ounce apple cider
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • Ice
  • Club soda
  • 1 thin crosswise slice lady apple, for garnish

Directions

  1. Moisten the rim of a martini glass with water. Place sanding sugar in a saucer and dip rim of glass in sanding sugar to coat; set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together apple cubes and lime wedges. Add syrup, cider, and vodka; fill with ice. Cover and shake until well combined. Strain into prepared martini glass; top with club soda. Garnish with apple slice and serve.
For grown up ghouls:

Ghost in the Graveyard (far Left)
Serves 1
2 ounces black vodka
2 ounces creme de cacao or coffee-flavored liqueur
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
Pinch of finely grated nutmeg, for garnish

In a glass, combine vodka and creme de cacao, and set aside. Place a scoop of ice cream in a highball glass, and slowly pour vodka mixture over ice cream. Garnish with nutmeg; serve immediately.

Screwed-Up Screwdriver (tom Collins glass)
Serves 1
1/4 cup ice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed tangerine juice
1 1/2 ounces black vodka
1 black licorice twist, for serving

Place ice in a tall glass. Pour juice into glass. Pour vodka over the back of a cocktail spoon into glass so it sits on top of juice and creates a layer of black. Slice 1/4 inch off each end of licorice, and use as a straw. Serve immediately.

Berry Scary Martini
Serves 1
1 cup ice
1 ounce black vodka
2 ounces cherry juice
Fresh raspberries and blueberries, for garnish

Combine ice, vodka, and cherry juice in a cocktail shaker; shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass. Thread raspberries and blueberries onto a cocktail skewer, and place in drink. Serve immediately.

The Classic Pina Colada, now the Pina Goulada:

Ingredients

  • FOR THE “BLOOD”

    • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
    • 1/4 teaspoons red food coloring
  • FOR THE DRINK

    • 20 ounces pineapple juice
    • 1 can (15 ounces) cream of coconut
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 1 cup orange juice
    • 10 ounces good-quality rum

Directions

  1. Pour the corn syrup in a shallow bowl. Dip a toothpick into the food coloring, and stir a very small amount into the syrup to combine. Hold a glass by the stem, dip rim into the syrup mixture, and turn glass, coating entire rim. Turn the glass upright, allowing mixture to drip down sides. Dip the remaining glasses. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together drink ingredients. Place 2 1/2 cups ice in a blender, and add 1 cup drink mixture. Blend until smooth; add more pineapple juice if mixture is too thick. Repeat with remaining ice and mixture. Carefully pour into prepared glasses; serve.
Have a cocktail or two for me!
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cake week is coming!

November!!!

I will be showcasing some of the most impressive talents in the cake designing industry that Toronto has has to offer. I have said this before and will continue to say it, Toronto is truly a leader in all things boutique wedding and cakes are by no means an exception.   Our designers are artists and very few cities can compete with our team of skilled cake makers/designers/bakers.

So with sweetness in mind, we will visit some of my favorite cake designers and talk to them about what makes their cakes/cupcakes/macaroons/marshmellows….. the very best! stay tuned!

This cake was designed by Shauna Austin Landry of City Girl cakes in Halifax, NS. She flew into Toronto to bake and decorate just a few days before the wedding.  Working out of someone else’s kitchen can’t be easy for a professional baker.

Since we planned our wedding in just 30 days, it was so nice to be able to rely on our skilled vendors. Thank you Shauna!