Everyone loves cocktails – and nobody loves them better than my husband Teddy. Here are a few of our favorites you can enjoy!
Note: Some of the recipes call for blood (yes, we’re Vampires). If you’re a regular human (non-vampire) it would be really gross for you soooooooooooo – replace “blood” with tomato juice, cranberry juice or orange juice. Just look at the recipe and see what sounds like a good fit – or just leave the blood out completely. It’s ok. We understand.
Hot and Spicy Cinnamon Vampire Cocktail
- 3 shots Vodka (I like the kind in the blue bottle for mixed drinks)
- 8 oz. Blood (splurge and make it human)
- 1/4 tsp. Celery Salt
- 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 whole Olive (garlic or pimento stuffed)
- 1 dash Pepper, black
- 1-2 dashes Pepper, cayenne
- optional dash Salt
- 1/4 tsp. Tobasco (you know the first batch ever made was made by Louisiana vampires!)
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. Worchestershire
Pour it all over ice in a tall chilled glass. Stir. Enjoy!
If you aren’t a vampire replace the blood with tomato juice or V8.
- 1 cup ice
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce cherry-flavored brandy
- 1/4 ounce triple sec
- 1/4 ounce blood (your choice)
- 4 ounces pineapple juice
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 1/2 ounce grenadine syrup
- 1 cup ice
- 1 slice fresh pineapple
- 1 maraschino cherry
If you aren’t a vampire replace the blood with pineapple juice (or more gin).
Vampire Head Rush
- 2 oz Bourbon
- 12 oz Dark Beer (Teddy Suggests something like Downtown Brown)
- 2 oz Blood
- Pour all in a tall glass over ice.
Clara calls it a head rush because she says it looks like something out of a toilet. Middle School humor.
If you aren’t a vampire leave out the blood.
Werewolf on the Rocks
- 3 oz Bourbon
- Splash of dry Vermouth
- Splash of Orange Juice
- A twist of lemon peel
- Pour over frozen blood balls (ice cubes made from blood poured and frozen in cute little shapes)
If you aren’t a vampire make ice cubes out of orange or cranberry juice (yum).
Vampire Iced Tea
- 1 gallon water
- 12-15 tea bags – any flavor you want. We like a nice strong black tea with a touch of fruit in it. Lady Earl Gray works well. Put tea bags and water in a jar. Put it outside in the sun for about 2-3 hours to brew. Don’t put it on the grass – it won’t get hot enough. A drive way or deck works best.
- 1 jar (32 oz) of unsweetened Cranberry Juice (we like Trader Joes)
- 12 oz blood
- Artificial sweetener of your choice to taste (remember dear human visitors that we don’t handle sugar well)
- Mix it all up and pour over ice with a sprig of mint and a sprig of rosemary.
- Adults – add a large slosh of Vodka or Bourbon to the mix for some extra punch to this punch!
If you aren’t a vampire replace the blood with more cranberry juice, orange juice or more vodka.
Kids and adults like this mix. If teen boys are around I usually triple the recipe.
- 1½ cup hazelnuts (roasted)
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds (roasted)
- 1 cup whole cashews (roasted)
- 1/2 cup walnuts halves or pieces (roasted)
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 2 tablespoons Grade A maple syrup
- ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tsp powered blood (optional – be I recommend – it adds a bit of bite to the nuts)
1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a medium bowl, combine the hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, cashews, sage, thyme, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, sea salt and black pepper. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet or stone (I like using my stone) and place in the oven. Bake, stirring occasionally, until browned and fragrant, about 15 minutes.
2. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.
If you aren’t a vampire leave out the powdered blood.
And the perfect cocktail to go with those nuts is…
Nocturnal Summer Cooler
- 6 limes
- 1 cup packed mint leaves, no stems, plus 6 sprigs for garnish
- 3 unwaxed cucumbers
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 cups gin (we like the kind in the green bottle)
- 1 cup purified blood
- Sparkling water
1. Thinly slice 3 limes and place in a pitcher. Juice the rest and add juice to pitcher. Add mint leaves. Slice 2 cucumbers and add, then add sugar. Stir. Add gin. Place in refrigerator 30 minutes or longer.
2. Peel remaining cucumber and cut lengthwise into 6 spears.
3. Fill 6 highball or other large glasses with ice. Strain mixture from pitcher into each. Top with a splash of sparkling water, garnish each glass with a sprig of mint and a cucumber spear, and serve. You can also garnish with a sprig of rosemary for a more savory taste.
If you aren’t a vampire replace the blood with your favorite juice (we like cranberry or blueberry)
And as always, don’t drink and drive!
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman