Halloween is the time of year for ghosts, ghouls and good times! So get your party in the right spirit with this Vampire’s Kiss gin cocktail recipe.
Halloween began as the festival of Samhain and was part of the ancient Celtic religion across Europe, including Britain. The Celts believed that at the end of the summer a barrier that separated our world and the world of the spirits became really thin, allowing strange creatures to cross into our world. Holding a festival and hanging lanterns would be enough to scare away anything unwelcome.
As Catholicism spread to Ireland and old traditions merged with new this festival was later called All Hallows Eve – the day before All Saints Day (1 November). All Hallows Eve followed the Irish diaspora to America where the Americans really picked up the baton and transformed the celebrations into the Halloween we recognise it now.
It wasn’t until the 20th Century that it became traditional to carve pumpkins (previously they’d be turnips) or go trick or treating.
Here at Gin Explorer we thought we’d celebrate with a gin cocktail (it’s how we celebrate most things really). The Vampire’s Revenge is a twist on a Vampire’s Kiss that can be enjoyed as a short or long drink.
- 50 ml Gin (we’ve used the punchy Pickering’s from this month’s box)
- 25 ml Black Raspberry Liqueur (ie Chambord)
- Cranberry Juice
- Plenty of Ice
Add some ice to a cocktail shaker.
On top of the ice, pour the gin and black raspberry liqueur.
Shake it, shake it, shake it!!!
Strain into a glass.
Top up with cranberry juice to taste.
Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime depending on the gin used.
If you wanted to make it a long drink, swap the cranberry juice for lemonade, stir well and garnish with a lemon wedge.