Trick or Treat my little friends
Here in New Orleans Halloween gives boys and girls the chance to dress like girls and boys… And witches, devils, naughty school girls and the like. Let’s not forget the occasional political character. In costume of course. What other city of
fers tours of cemeteries? And our city also offers the Haunted History Tour which is guaranteed to give you a chill down your spine.
Speaking of spirits, Halloween is the perfect time to imbibe a cocktail or two and hit the streets. Even if you don’t costume there are many that do and so much to see. We celebrate this holiday with as much enthusiasm as most cities do New Year’s Eve. If you ever happen to be in New Orleans for Halloween remember to bring your camera. That way you can look back and say “Yes, that really was 5 o’clock shadow on the chin of Miss Marilyn Monroe.”
Autumn brings us cooler weather with decreased humidity. It’s my favorite time of the year as my birthday happens right in the middle of fall. Cooler weather makes me think of having cocktails that are a bit heavier in style and flavor. I’ve listed a couple of cocktails from our cocktail book which are perfect for your Halloween celebration.
Now, get your costume ready for Halloween and get ready to have fun. One little hint — it ALWAYS takes more time to get in costume than you think. Plan ahead. Get all of your “spirits” ready for Halloween. Have fun and call a cab. And no, do not post those photos on the internet.
1 1/2 ozs Calvados
3/4 oz Green Chartreuse
3/4 oz Benedictine
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Fill a cocktail (martini) glass with ice to chill. Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Discard the ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Serve immediately.
1 1/4 ozs Sazerac rye or other rye
3/4 oz dark rum, such as Myer’s
3/4 oz Cointreau
4 dashes Angostura bitters
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz grapefruit juice
1/2 oz simple syrup (1 to 1 ratio)
Fill a cocktail (martini) glass with ice and set aside to chill. Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Discard the ice from the glass. Strain the drink into the glass and serve immediately.