Gunner’s Libation: Blood Sipper |

Gunner’s Libation: Blood Sipper

by MICHELLE LOCKE for The Associated Press



Start to finish: 5 minutes active, plus steeping

Makes about 1 liter

1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

1 cup pomegranate juice

750-millileter bottle vodka

In a blender combine all ingredients. Pulse several times to just chop the fruit. Refrigerate for at least an hour or up to several days.

Pour the vodka and fruit mixture through a mesh strainer. Press the solids to extract as much liquid as possible, then discard the solids. The infused vodka can be sipped straight, chilled, or cut with apple cider, ginger ale or coconut cream.

– AP Food Editor J.M. Hirsch

Gore is more when it comes to Halloween cocktails. From classics like bloody mary to new-fangled libations inspired by the trend for all things vampiric, mixologists are seeing red for the annual celebration of things fun and ghoulish. Chef Richard Garcia of 606 Congress at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront likes to play on the classics with his “Ghost of Mary,” a drink where the “blood” of the tomato juice swirls around in the glass.

He uses vodka mixed over ice with his own special “ghost mix” of tomato-vegetable juice cocktail, lemons and seasonings, and then strained to create an effect of blood swirling around in the glass. For a shortcut, you can just buy some bloody mary mix and strain it in a coffee filter to remove some of the solids.

“Ghost of Mary is bloody good fun,” says Garcia. “It’s a drink with enough kick to haunt you, just the kind of Bloody Mary you want to drink by the full moonlight.”

Another bloody good drink, with a little more sweetness than scariness, is the Blood Sipper. But it’s the eyeball accents that really make it come to life — and become a highlight of any Halloween party.

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