Tis Hallowe’en, And in this brew, The witch will stir, Good luck for you!
Are you brave enough to drink The Witch’s Heart? Here’s the perfect easy-to-make whimsical cocktail for Halloween this year or for any themed party for that matter!
My husband and I have a love-hate relationship with the concept of horror, in that, he loves it and I hate it. I’m the kind of girl who has always believed in ghosts and Mr K is the kind of guy who gleefully uses this knowledge to scare the crap out of me whenever he can. Of course my logical mind tells me that ghosts aren’t real, the dead is just that – dead, but it has never been able to drown out that little voice in my head which tells me that the inexplicable, the ghosts, the spirits, the demons, the invisible that lurk around dark corners, are always full of menace.
Witches, monsters, vampires (even the namby-pamby, sparkling in the sun kind) and werewolves on the other hand, have got nothing on me! I will hunt them down and kick their collective ass. And that’s precisely how this dark magical potion, The Witch’s Heart came to be!
This year I’m remembering the dead with this beautiful Halloween cocktail that’s sure to impress everyone. And since kids aren’t the only ones who should get to enjoy chocolate this Halloween, I’ll be pairing this with a whole bag of chocolate too!
I was also partly inspired to make this cocktail by the TV show – Once Upon A Time. The show almost always depicts potions and magic spells in swirls of shimmering light and smoke. And of course who can forget Regina’s (when she used to be evil!) fondness for ripping out hearts! The result was the combination of Viniq,Vodka & Grenadine and voilà – The Witch’s Heart Cocktail!
You guys are going to love this. It’s so simple to make and you can adapt it to your taste absolutely any way you want. Plus it looks so gorgeous you could make this for any kind of themed party too! I chose Viniq because, well, how could I not? Every time I walk past the liqueur section in the liquor store, I linger a little longer in front of the Viniq. And every time, I pick it up, give it a couple of swirls to mix it and then put it back. 🙂 That beautiful purple colour with the shimmery liquid just calls out to me. It looks to mesmerizing, it’s the perfect witch’s brew!
BUT – I am aware that not everyone has access to Viniq. So I came up with this neat little trick to make your own shimmery liqueur at home in ANY colour you want!!!
But you’re going to have to wait for my next post later this week to find out how to do that! 🙂 You can check out how to make your own shimmery liqueur now!
An optional choice would be to mix in some strained raspberry or strawberry puree. That could really kick up those flavours too.
- 1 oz apple flavoured vodka, chilled
- 1 tsp grenadine
- Purple Viniq to top up, chilled
- Powdered dry ice (optional)
- Martini glass to serve
- Add about ½ - 1 tsp of powdered dry ice to the bottom of the glass (optional). Pour the flavoured vodka and Viniq to fill the martini glass (do not fill to the brim). Pour 1 tsp of grenadine syrup about one inch from the surface of the drink - the grenadine should sink to the bottom, creating a "bleeding" effect.
- Add about ½ tsp of powdered dry ice on top and serve with a stirrer - so your guests can stir the "potion" to create that shimmery, smoky effect.
Viniq is a beautiful Moscato liqueur that has delicious and bright fruity flavours. So paired with that, the apple vodka that I used for this cocktail gives it even more fruity flavour. But of course you can pair it with any kind of flavoured vodka that you like, to give it that extra little kick of flavour.
I’m no mixologist, but this was so easy to put together and the flavours work beautifully. What I love the most though is how it looks. The shimmery purple with the “witch’s heart” at the bottom is just so elegant. And eerie.
And the dry ice gives it that final spooky touch. This is optional (though highly recommended if you’re going all Halloween on this one), but if you do use dry ice remember to ADD COMPLETELY CRUSHED DRY ICE ONLY. Just crush the dry ice (to a powder) and add a little to the bottom of your cocktail glass to give it that spooky smoky effect when you pour the drink, and maybe add another touch of powdered dry ice after that for a smoky effect that lasts just a little bit longer. You don’t want to swallow bits of dry ice though, so the powdered dry ice “melts” much faster.
So remember this Halloween,
The witch is brewing a magic spell,
It’s Halloween night and monsters dwell,
Her pot is boiling and many spells she will weave,
To cast them on all the children on Halloween eve.
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