Ghoul-a-tini

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With a few clever tricks, you can turn classic cocktails into devilish drinks for a grown-up Halloween celebration. Here are our recipes for Monster-itas, Ghoul-a-tinis and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds.

Give this classic a Halloween makeover with a pair of onion "eyeballs."

Serves 1. To make a batch for a party, multiply recipe by number of guests.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon dry vermouth
  • 3 ounces gin
  • 2 cocktail onion "eyeballs" for garnish

Preparation

  • Chill martini glasses in the freezer or fill glasses with ice and water.
  • Pour the vermouth into a cocktail shaker or mixing glass; swirl it around to coat the sides of the shaker, then pour it out. If you prefer a "wetter" Ghoul-a-tini, leave some of the vermouth in.
  • Fill the cocktail shaker or mixing glass twothirds full of ice cubes. Pour in the gin. Close the shaker and shake vigorously or stir the mixing glass with a bar spoon for 15-20 seconds.
  • Remove the martini glass from the freezer or empty out the ice and water, shaking out any remaining drops. Strain the drink into the chilled glass.
  • For the "eyeballs," pierce two cocktail onions with a paring knife and place one large, black, whole peppercorn in the slit of each. Spear the onions with a cocktail pick, place in the glass and serve.