So it is that wonderful time of the year again, Halloween and I thought I would share my newest cocktail recipe with you: Vampire Punch. My thoughts went straight to researching different spooky looking cocktails on Pinterest (it is my new favourite thing… follow me here) and I stumbled upon a couple of cocktail recipes that I have mixed together to form my own. Halloween is a very reminiscent time for me, I absolutely loved it as a kid and the fact I am too old for Trick or Treating makes me quite upset. I look back at the countless years I dressed up in the same witches costume with love and definitely wish I could do it all over again. You should have seen the sweets I collected each year… they would almost cover the entire living room floor when I tipped them out of my plastic pumpkin bucket.
This Halloween will be a little more chilled and I will kick it with a lovely Vampire Punch cocktail. This past week the flat has looked like a crime scene as I have tested different combinations of cocktails, cutting blood oranges and spreading pomegranate seeds all over the counters.
What you will need:
50ml of Berliner Brandstifter Gin
15g of sugar
50ml Orange Juice
250ml of sparkling water
One Orange (either blood or normal)
How to make it:
Firstly, add the sugar, gin, Campari and orange juice to a mixing bowl.
Secondly cut up the pomegranate and spoon out the seeds.
Then cut off strips of orange peel using a sharp knife. Put the orange and pomegranate seeds to one side.
Split the mixture into two glasses and add the sparkling water. (The reason you add the water after preparing your garnishes is to preserve the fizziness!!).
Lastly, add your garnishes.
The reason I love this cocktail so much is the combination of flavours that immediately hit you and that also linger in the taste. I have used Berliner Brandstifter Gin for this cocktail purely because of how smooth and rich it tastes. One thing that I always look for in cocktails is a spirit that does not conflict with the tastes and thus overwhelms it. BB Gin blends so perfectly into this cocktail and also is incredible in a simple gin and tonic.
Another thing that I love about this gin is the personal touches. I have said it before but the reason I love small batch distilleries is that you get the feeling that what you are drinking is not simply a mass-produced product. The bottle has handwritten notes about its edition and product numbers. Drinking alcohol for me is about quality and Berliner Brandstifter is the best quality.
I will leave the links to the gin I used so you can go have a little look at the company!
Here are some other Gin recipes that you might like: