Make your Halloween party a chilling success with these BLOODY GOOD GIN AND TONICS. It’s a delectable potion with a killer name!
Reasons why this gin and tonic is PERFECT for Halloween:
1) Cocktails don’t get more simple than this! Less time bartending, more time for gruesome garnishes and special effects!
2) Tonic water glows under a black light thanks to the quinine in the soda.
3) Gin is very herbal so it goes great with our cherry flavored BLOOD!
4) The G+T dates back to the 1700s making this cocktail truly vintage! That means all the vampires in the room will feel satiated despite the fake blood. Awkward party situation averted!
Now that you’re convinced, let’s talk about how we created this delectable potion! Eyeballs floating in a cocktail are classic! They’re just so…witchy! We made our eyeballs with tart apples because the tartness is similar to lime, but also because they are nearly white. We want the illusion of them being real, right?
After a little fruit carving, we popped in a blueberry which is cut open to reveal the inside. Makes a scary, realistic iris, doesn’t it?
While an eyeball garnish might be good enough 364 days a year, Halloween is a go big or go home holiday. This cocktail needs to be bloody good! So we poured in a nice little shot of edible fake blood aka homemade cherry syrup. Looks authentic, especially if you put it in a blood bag!
Now for the gin! We tried two gins. The first was a local brew, McClintock’s Forager Gin which is very floral yet balanced. I’m not a big gin drinker, but this lovely infusion has won me over.
The second was Plymouth’s original strength gin which got the response “best gin and tonic EVER” from our neighbor Charleston. This blend is juniper forward with a subtle, earthy finish. Both gins held their ground next to the sweet cherry syrup but surprisingly, the tart apple complimented both gins nicely.
For the dramatic finishing touch, a lump of dry ice and tonic water to make the magic happen! Are they ghostly vapors or billowing smoke rising from hell? You choose the story, but no matter what, these bloody good gin and tonics are adult eye candy!
Happy Halloween! xoxo
A Bloody Good Gin and Tonic
- 1-2 large tart apples (such as Granny Smith)
- a handful of small blueberries
- juice of one lime
Gin and Tonic (per cocktail)
- 1/2 ounce edible fake blood (cherry syrup)
- 2 ounces gin
- 2 ounces tonic water
- lime wedges
- Squeeze the lime and put the juice in a small cup.
- Peel an apple, then using a large metal melon baller, cut out eyeballs.
- Dip balls into the lime juice to prevent oxidation.
- Using a small sharp object, cut out a circle the size of blueberry. I used a metal pour spout, but a large holed piping tip would also work.
- Pop a blueberry in the hole then slice off the excess using a sharp knife.
- Use immediately or freeze for later (make sure they don't touch so they don't freeze together).
Bloody Good Gin and Tonic
- Pour the blood into the bottom of the glass then fill it with ice.
- Squeeze a lime wedge into the glass then top with two ounces of gin.
- Finish with two ounces tonic or more to taste.
- Garnish with an eyeball. They float, so use a cocktail pick or fork.
- For extra effect add a small chunk of dry ice to the drink with the ice.
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