Liquor treat

This Halloween, scare up some creepy concoctions and devilish drinks.

October 19, 2004|By Tony Lohr | Tony Lohr,Special to

People are always arguing over what Halloween really means. Some call it a holiday, some say it is a pagan ritual and others think it is a mockery of All Saints Day. For me, it's an excuse to gather my dearest friends to share laughs, recount the past and alter their minds.

Halloween is the perfect time to indulge your sweet tooth, get creative with your beverage intake and experiment on willing participants. Of course, you could be like all the costumed revelers in Fells Point and spend the night drinking poorly manufactured domestic beer, only to wake up the next day late for work with a headache. But beer is such a Christmas drink. Let's be creative. Here are some creepy creations and classic concoctions that will add a few chills and thrills to your Halloween festivities.

The Cerebral Hemorrhage

2 oz. peach schnapps

1 tsp. Baileys Irish Cream

1 tsp. Grenadine

Even your friend who brags about his drinking ability is certain to question his consumption aptitude when confronted with this macabre liquid.

This disgustingly delightful drink is actually very tasty despite its looks. To make it, pour the peach schnapps into a large shot glass or rocks glass. Add the Baileys and watch it ball up into a brain shape. Pour in the Grenadine until the brain looks like it is bleeding. Now you have a brain in a glass. You're probably thinking that the brain in the glass must be bigger than yours because you are about to ingest something truly revolting. Give it a try. On Halloween, gross is good. -- Source: Webtender

Captain and Hot Cider

8 oz. hot cider

2 oz. Captain Morgan

Pinch of cinnamon

If cold, dark autumn nights and the odd animal howls have the hairs on the back of your neck standing at attention, this drink should warm you up. First, heat the cider. Either brew your own hot cider in a coffee maker or heat up regular apple cider in the microwave. Pour the Captain Morgan into a coffee glass and add the cider. Sprinkle in the cinnamon and stir. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. If your spine is still tingling, add some more Captain.

Devil's Candy

1 oz. chilled Sambuca

1 oz. Kahlua

1 oz. Grand Marnier

These layered delights are not intended for the unambitious. Only a true artist will be able to create them correctly, ensuring that they are as pleasing in appearance as they are palatable. This cocktail was inspired by Indian candy corn but its taste far surpasses that of the juvenile treat. First, you will need an empty rocks glass. Pour the Kahlua. Then add the Grand Marnier by pouring it over a spoon into the glass. This allows the Grand Marnier to float on top of the Kahlua. Chill the Sambuca by running it through ice. This will turn the Sambuca white. Then add it as you added the Grand Marnier. The Sambuca will settle between the Kahlua and the Grand Marnier. The drink should be separated into orange, white and dark brown layers. Don't mix it, just shoot it. When made properly, Devil's Candy not only looks good but also tastes excellent. Its unique chocolate-orange-liquorice flavor will make it an essential component to your holiday gathering.

Jack-O-Lantern Juice

1/2 oz. Malibu rum

1 oz. peach schnapps

1 tsp. peach-flavored syrup

1 1/2 oz. melon liqueur

6 oz. orange juice

This fruity concoction should be served in a 13 oz. hurricane glass mostly full of ice. All of the ingredients except the melon liqueur should be poured into a separate mixing container with a lid and shaken vigorously. After mixing, pour the contents of the mixer into the hurricane glass. Make sure you leave enough room in the glass to add the melon liqueur. If you have to make room in the glass, remove a few ice cubes. Then add the melon liqueur, but do not mix. The melon liqueur will sink to the bottom, giving the drink the appearance of an upside-down pumpkin. OK, maybe it doesn't really look like a pumpkin, but it might start to resemble one after you've had three or four. Garnish with an orange and cherry. If you're going to be eating all the trick-or-treaters' candy, you're going to need the Vitamin C.

Widow's Punch

1 oz. Kahlua

1 oz. dark crLme de cocoa

1 oz. amaretto

1 tsp. chocolate syrup

6 oz. Grenadine

Splash of milk

Did you know that the female black widow spider will sometimes feed on the male after mating? So, consider yourself warned if you see a woman holding this crimson concoction. This cherry treat should be served in a 13 oz. hurricane glass almost full of ice. Place all of the ingredients in a mixing container with a lid and shake until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, then pour the contents of the container into the glass. If there is not enough room in the glass, remove some of the ice. Garnish it with an orange and cherry and enjoy. This drink tastes like a chocolate-covered-cherry when made correctly.

I hope these potions help you tap into Halloween creativity instead of simply tapping into a keg. Try experimenting with the recipes or combining them to create new sinister and spooky flavors. Maybe these drinks will stir up memories of parading down the suddenly haunted streets of your hometown high on sugar as you dared yourself to knock on that one darkened door.

--Tony Lohr is a bartender at The Texas Roadhouse in Westminster

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