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MILWAUKEE -- Have a Halloween party this weekend? You might want to serve up some of these hair-raising recipes. Alisa Malavenda of the Art Institute of Wisconsin joins Real Milwaukee with some creepy cocktail concoctions.

The Raven - Nevermore

  • 4 oz black vodka or rum ( you can make your own with food coloring - recipe below)
  • 1 oz black berry puree
  • 2 oz lemon simple syrup
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • Combine vodka, puree , syrup and lemon juice in a shaker.
  • Add ice and shake.
  • Pour into martini glass and top with a splash of club soda if you desire.
  • Add a licorice straw for garnish

To make black vodka or rum

  • 1 bottle vodka or rum
  • 10 drops blue food coloring
  • 10 drop red food coloring
  • 8 drops green food coloring

Stake Through Your Heart Martini

  • 3 oz good quality vodka or gin
  • spritz of vermouth
  • 4 roasted baby beets ( you could also used pickled)
  • In a chilled martini glass - spritz or swirl vermouth. Add vodka or gin to an iced cocktail shaker. Shake until very cold , but not till diluted from ice.
  • Make a little v cut on top of a baby beet to make it look like a heart. Stick a wooden skewer through beet and place in martini with some juice so it resembles blood.
  • Make mozzarella and olive eye balls if you don`t like beets for an Eye Ball 'High Ball

Bloody Injection

  • 2 ½ cups vodka
  • Juice from 6 lemons
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • club soda
  • grenadine filled syringes
  • Fill a pitcher with ice and add vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. Stir and strain into a rocks glass that has a syringe filled with grenadine. Top with club soda.
  • Let guest add the 'blood' to their drink.
  • This is also a great kiddie cocktail ( Make a Shirley Temple or Roy Rogers putting the grenadine in the syringe)

The Melting Witch

  • 6 kiwis, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup mint simple syrup
  • 1 cup rum
  • 1 bottle club soda or lemon lime soda for a sweeter version
  • Melt ½ cup of sugar in ½ cup of water . Cool. Puree sugar mixture with one bunch of mint in a blender. Add peeled and chopped kiwis and blend until smooth.
  • In a pitcher filled with ice, add vodka and kiwi mixture. Stir and add bubbling soda.* For glow in the dark drinks - use tonic water and either lemonade or mountain dew and a black light

The Spicy Jack Pumpkin Martini
For cocktail
In a shaker mix 3 oz of pumpkin spiced vodka

  • 1 oz Grand Marnier or Amaretto
  • Garnish of cinnamon sugar , pumpkin meat slice or candied corn

Pumpkin Vodka

  • 1 large bottle vodka
  • 4 cups of raw pumpkin slices from a pumpkin pie pumpkin - skin on
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 t cardamom pods
  • ¼ cup candied ginger
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup simple syrup

In a clean glass jar combine vodka, pumpkin meat and spices . Let sit at room temperature for 2 weeks . Make simple syrup. Add cooled simple syrup to vodka mixture and stir -At this point you could strain and drink, but I prefer to wait another two weeks for it to get really spicy.
Stir once a week for all four weeks. Strain into empty clean bottles.

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