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Happy Halloween! The Gents have pulled out all the stops (organ reference) to bring you a special early episode to spice up your Halloween night. Sure, our early episode still might be a little late. Maybe you had your Halloween party this past weekend like some sort of savage. However, if you waited until tonight for your party, or you don't have to work tomorrow, or you live somewhere where little ghosts and goblins don't come come ringing your doorbell every three minutes, and you feel the need for a little thirst quenching buzz, the Gents have a couple of festive drinks for you. Let get mixing because the trick or treaters are on their way!
First up is a drink from the latest issue of TASTE Magazine, which is put out by the BC Liquor Board. It's a drink by David Wolowidnyk and will be sure to thrill you or your Halloween guests.
by David Wolowidnyk, 2018
1/4 ounce Luxardo Sambuca Passione Nera (you need it to be black for the Halloween effect)
1 1/2 ounce gin
3/4 ounce dry vermouth
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce raspberry coulis for garnish (Gentleman Dave made the coulis but you can find all sorts of recipes with a quick web search. They're all super easy. Most call for raspberries, sugar and water)
Pour sambuca into the bottom of a wine glass then fill with crushed ice. Combine gin, vermouth and lemon juice in a cocktail shake and shake with ice. Strain into the prepared wine glass. Drizzle with coulis for bloody effect. Boo!
What a cool drink. First of all, the Gents recommend using a large wine glass. The bigger the glass, the more striking the "blood" effect will be. If you use too small a glass the raspberry coulis quickly saturates the crushed ice and the drink becomes red. At first the drink is all gin and lemon with a little raspberry sweetness. As you sip it though, the licorice flavour from the bottom starts to come through. But don't panic if you don't like black licorice. The raspberry coulis starts to mix with it and combines for a unique fruity licorice flavour. You really have to try it! The Gents took pictures but the picture in the magazine really shows what you're shooting for.
Next up is a drink from the Imbibe magazine website. This drink was on the menu of the halloween-themed pop-up PUB Dread in Washington, DC. back in 2017.
Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!
-Paul Taylor, PUB Dread, Washington, D.C., 2017
1 oz. Aperol
¼ oz. Campari
½ oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz. strawberry syrup
1 barspoon absinthe
3 oz. sparkling water
Combine all the ingredients in a highball over ice, stir, then garnish with a red Twizzler
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup strawberries (tops removed and cut in half)
1 cup water
Heat all the ingredients in saucepan until the sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool, then strain into a bottle and refrigerate.
This drink is for the Negroni lovers out there. It's got a little bitterness from the Aperol and Campari but the bitterness is softened significantly by the big glug of strawberry syrup. The Gents did not make there own strawberry syrup but instead used the strawberry syrup made by Giffard. All in all a fantastic drink. Again, pictures were taken but this is the shot from the Imbibe website.
Please have a safe and happy Halloween!
The Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure
A great selection of Absinthe for purchase.