Vampire Ritual

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What’s a Halloween party without the blood? Here’s a blood-red Halloween cocktail for your dark rituals.

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Don’t be frightened by the inclusion of beets. They’re a great dye and impart only a very mild sweet and earthy taste to the drink.


  • 1 ½ to 2 oz gin
  • ½ oz triple sec
  • 1 ½ oz blueberry-beet syrup (recipe below)
  • 10–15 blueberries
  • ¾ oz lemon juice


Muddle blueberries and syrup together, then pour mixture and all other ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. For garnish, use a lemon slice colored with beets.

For syrup: Boil equal parts water and sugar along with several slices of raw beet and small handful of blueberries. Strain out solids and let liquid cool before use.

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