Halloween is a time of tricks and treats, and what better way to add a little Halloween spirit to your party this year than to serve your guests insect-infused cocktails. Think about it; you could name one Beetle Juice. And what could possibly express the spirit of Halloween better than a cocktail featuring creepy crawlies? Here are some cocktail ideas that are sure to be a hit at your party!
So, I couldn’t find any recipes with spiders, but I thought the next best thing would be beetles…you know…because you could call it Beetlejuice. The cocktail “Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice” was created by bartender Bryan Galligos from Bacchus Bar in Portland, OR. The ingredients include: 1 rosemary sprig, 1 ½ ounces of apple brandy, 1 ounce of apple cider, ½ ounce of simple syrup, ½ ounce of lemon juice, 5-7 basil leaves, and a beetle from the Newport Jerky Company for garnish. First you want to char the rosemary and place a martini glass over it as it smokes. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, the apple brandy, apple cider, simple syrup, lemon juice, and the basil leaves. Shake them well and pour the mixture into a martini glass. Finally, garnish the glass with a beetle.
Another great insect infused Halloween drink is called The Dromedary, and it is the brainchild of the proprietor of Dromedary Bar in Brooklyn, NY, Michael Lombardozzi. This cocktail utilized cricket bitters, a product made with toasted crickets that came out earlier this year. The ingredients include: 2 ounces of Myers Original Dark Rum, a ½ ounce Barbadillo Pedro Ximenez Sherry, a ½ ounce lime juice, 1 ounce almond syrup, 2 dashes of Critter Bitters, and 3 pineapple leaves to use as garnish. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, the rum, the sherry, lime juice, and almond syrup. Make sure you shake it well and then strain the mixture into a hurricane glass over crushed ice. Then just add two dashes of the Critter Bitters and garnish with the pineapple leaves.
Would you have the guts serve your party guests insect infused cocktails this Halloween?