Gunner’s Libation: Bloody Orange |

Gunner’s Libation: Bloody Orange

Colorful cocktails and decor for Halloween party, on blurred background


4 oz vodka

2 oz Licor43

8 oz Orangina or 1:3 orange juice to club soda

3 oz raspberry syrup

1 orange

Plastic syringes (available at party stores)

Puree 2 cups of fresh raspberries in a food processor. Press the puree through a fine mesh strainer to extract the pulp, then discard the seeds. Place the puree in a small saucepan with 1/4 cup of sugar. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until thick and dark (about 10 minutes) and let cool. Fill each syringe with .75 ounces of raspberry syrup and set aside. Add vodka and Licor43 to a shaker with ice, shake until very cold (about 20 seconds). Add Orangina and stir. Pour into iced glasses and place filled syringes in drinks. Add an orange wedge to the side of each glass and serve.

If there is a national holiday in Aspen, it has to be Halloween. Locals celebrate this offseason occasion with reckless abandon — children and adults, alike. So as you begin to make your party plans, we thought we’d remind you of all the unique Halloween cocktails out there — Poisoned Apple Pie, Zombie Apocolypse, The Gravedigger, Bloody Bitter, Purple People Eater, Witch’s Brew … the list goes on and on. And, like the holiday itself, Halloween-themed cocktails are as much about show as they are about taste. Some include smoky effects, others feature “brains” and “eyeballs.” This year, I’m going to serve up the Bloody Orange, where a “blood” filled syringe adds a creepy twist to a refreshing vodka drink, which is something I think everyone can appreciate on this most Aspen of holidays.

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