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Here’s a wild Black Martini, a nice drink for the kiddies, and Monster Bread! from Yadira Alonzo

Black Martini

This is one of the best cocktails for a Halloween party. This Black Martini replaces vermouth with either blackberry brandy or black raspberry liqueur (Chambord being a good choice). The drink will be dark, but not black-black so another option is to make a Vodka Martini with Blavod (a black colored vodka).
3 1/2 oz gin or vodka
1/2 oz blackberry brandy or black raspberry liquer
lemon twist for garnish
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake well.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or serve on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass (a squat tumbler that holds between 5 and 10 ounces).
Garnish with a lemon twist.

Tip: make sure the glass and drink is very very cold, once it gets warm it may give a touch of heartburn.

Here’s an alcohol-optional (for the kiddies) drink recipe:
Bubbling Witches’ Brew
It’s sweet, it’s creamy, it’s bubbly, it’s tangy… and it’s really rather creepy looking. The vanilla ice cream floating on top of the orange-red punch mixture makes it look like something pretty evil is brewing. I like to garnish mine with things like plastic frogs, plastic eyeballs, and severed fingers. But even if you serve it just as is, it makes a great impression.
Serves about 10 people. More if you add the vodka. Looks great served in a witch’s caludron bowl! 
1 (2 liter) bottle orange-flavored soda, chilled
24 oz. fruit punch, chilled
1/2 (700 mL) bottle vanilla vodka (optional), chilled
1/4 gallon (half of a 1/2 gallon carton) vanilla ice cream
1. In a creepy-looking Halloween punch bowl, stir together the fruit punch and the soda.
2. Scoop out the ice cream and place all over the top of the punch. Stir gently for a moment to get the right look.
3. Garnish this Halloween party punch with creepy crawlies, if desired.
Here’s a yummy snack recipe with cinnamon:
Halloween Monster Bread
2 tablespoons butter
2 pounds frozen bread dough, thawed
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (it’s not alot but hey it’s some:)
Suggested decorations:
raisins and small candies
fruit roll-ups
Melt butter. Shape the bread dough into a disc. Cut horizontally almost all the way through, leaving about 1/4″ uncut along one side. Open, brush with half the butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Close and press edges together. Roll into l0-inch circle. Put on a baking sheet, cover and let rise about 30 minutes. Use scissors to cut holes for a mouth and eyes. Push crumpled up foil into holes to keep them from closing. Cut deep gashes into top of head for spiky hair. Press raisins into dough to make eye brows. Brush with remaining butter. Bake at 350° until bread sounds hollow when tapped, about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
Decorate with candy while bread is still warm. use licorice for spiky hair, marshmallows for eyes, with some type of round candy on top so actually the marshmallows are the white of the eyes; the fruit roll-ups can used for the tongue and ears.
I hope you try and enjoy these recipes… I know I have! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!


One response

  1. That monster bread sounds pretty wild!

    October 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm

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