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