Are you planning on hosting a homage to horror’s cadre of caped blood suckers this Halloween? If so, you may want to consider including a handful of vampire themed drinks on your party’s bar menu. As a former special events planner, I happen to know of several themed drinks that you may want to try. Here’s a quick look at each one:
Vampire on the Rocks
Over the years, there have been several drinks created in honor of immortal blood suckers. Some are more complicated to create than others. One of the most simple vampire drinks that I know of is served on the rocks in a chilled glass. It is made with equal parts cranberry juice, Chambord and vodka. If that version doesn’t appeal to you, you could always make a vampire drink with equal parts sangrita mix, tequila, grapefruit juice and lime.
Classic Bat Bite
Vampires are known to transform themselves into bats. Therefore, you may want to consider adding a bat bite to your party’s bar menu. A bat bite is really easy to make. In order to make one, you’ll need cranberry juice and rum. You may make the drink as strong or as weak as you like. I’d suggest that you consider serving it on the rocks in a highball glass. If you really want to make an impression, you may want to consider using bat shaped ice cubes in place of the square ones. You can typically purchase bat shaped ice cube molds from specialty stores for less than $5 each.
Horror buffs know that vampires like to drink blood. With that said, you may want to consider creating a blood red drink called the vampire’s delight. In order to make the drink, you will need 3 ounces of raspberry syrup, club soda, 1 ounce of raspberry vodka and a few drops of grenadine. Simply mix all the ingredients together and serve it on the rocks in a chilled, sugar rimmed glass. You may even want to consider garnishing the glass with a set of plastic, glow-in-the-dark vampire fangs or a vampire themed toothpick and a cherry. You can generally purchase a large case of glow-in-the-dark vampire fangs through party supply shops like Oriental Trading for less than $6 each.
Hot Blooded Wine
If you plan on having a crowd attend your vampire themed shindig, you may want to contemplate serving a blood red, hot, mulled punch instead. In order to make the drink, you will need 12 ounces of cranberry juice, ½ cup of granulated sugar, ¼ cup of mulling spices and 36 ounces of red wine. I’d suggest that you consider using a dessert wine if you want the punch to taste really sweet. Place all the ingredients into a sauce pan and then let the mixture simmer over a low flame for 30 minutes. Afterward, pour the punch into a heat safe punch bowl and serve it to your party guests.
Source: Personal Experience
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