Looking for a BOOzy halloween cocktail to help you celebrate this nightmare halloween 2020?
This gin based cocktail is smoky, strong, bloody looking and a perfect treat for your Halloween night.
The base of this halloween inspired cocktail is gin but with 2 other very flavorful, herbaceous liqueurs as well. Fernet Branca is a liquor made with 27 herbs, it is quite strong herbal and bitter flavor. You can use any Fernet for this cocktail but I think Fernet Branca is the most widely available and easy to find.
For the gin I used Crows gin, a local distillery based in Manila. I love using and trying local liquors as more and more distilleries are opening up and they need our support, now more than ever!
In addition to gin and fernet I added Campari. It also adds a bitter flavor with a bit of sweetness and pairs well with the citrus simple syrup. Campari is what makes the nice red color of the cocktail to really highlight halloween!
You can replace the gin with any of you favorite gins, you can even try using whisky or mezcal for a different flavor profile if gin isn’t your thing.
If you don’t have Campari try Aperol or Cappelletti both are red in color and will add nice bitter and citrusy flavors.
For the simple syrup you can replace orange with lemon, or even for a stronger rosemary flavor add a few stems of rosemary when it is boiling.
I highly recommend you don’t skip the lighting of the rosemary garnish. It give the cocktail a super smokey flavor and brings out the scent of the rosemary.
2 oz gin
1 oz Fernet Branca
1.5 oz Campari
1-2 tsp orange simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashed dark chocolate bitters (optional) I got mine from Portland Bitters
Garnish with a spring of rosemary
Add gin, Fernet, Campari and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into a glass filled with ice and add bitters. Garnish with a spring of rosemary, lite on fire for the added smoky flavor and to give the cocktail an even spookier feeling! Happy Halloween, cheers!
Peel 2 oranges and remove the white pilth, that will add a bitter taste. You want to get as much of just the orange as you can.
This is great way to reduce food waste! Never throw away the peel of your citrus, make yummy simple syrup and make all sorts of fun cocktails!
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
Add the orange peel, water and sugar to a small saucepan or sauté pan. Turn heat on medium and heat until the sugar dissolves and starts to simmer. Remove from heat and let cool before adding to your cocktail.
Simple syrup will be good in the refrigerator for about a month.
Bonus: you can then eat the peel of the orange its candied and delicious!