Hey everyone! Can we talk hallowe’en for a sec? What I really mean to ask is- can we skip the creepy and kinda gross foods (peeled grapes) and drinks (fake eyeball juice) this year and trade it all in for something altogether much more glam? I’ve got the perfect thing. These rich tomato-y and spicy Bloody Rosemary Cocktails are what we all need to be drinking for hallowe’en and all autumn long.
For me, this cocktail is what Hallowe’en is all about. Something a bit rich and savoury with a pepper-y hit and a classic vodka base. As I was coming up for the idea of this drink, (serious hallowe’en cocktail inspo here) I was thinking about classic horror flicks and how I could incorporate a title or a film, or create a movie based twist. Then it hit me. Rosemary’s Baby. The classic horror flick… mixed with a Bloody Mary… Bloody Rosemary Cocktails…? Ummm… yeah. A match made in scary movie and cocktail heaven. It was one of those moments where having a noisy mind really worked in my favour!
I gotta admit though, I’m usually partial to a cocktail that’s on the sweet side, but after these spicy flavour bombs, I’m a true convert to the rich and savoury side. And after one sip you will be too! Because, hi, tomatoes and rosemary and tabasco and pepper and worcestrshire sauce and clean crisp vodka and lots of ice. All these things add up to savoury cocktail goodness. But here’s the deal with the “twists”. Not being the biggest fan of celery salt I used reeeeally flaky sea salt for the rims of the glasses. And maybe I used some chipotle tabasco sauce, and by “maybe” I mean I totally did that and it was soooooo good. And that rosemary thing happening… well it just really needed to happen.
When I was asked by thebar.com to create a cocktail inspired by Hallowe’en, I jumped at the chance to embrace my inner Tom Cruise, even though I’ve never actually seen the movie Cocktail. But whateves, that’s besides the point… I mixed and sampled and stirred and swivelled until vodka and tomato perfection was reached. <- That’s what you call taking one for the team. 😉
In other Hallowe’en news… for the second time this year Mr T and I are going away for a short break. This is where we sleep late and eat too much and enjoy a few cocktails on a weeknight! AKA the most luxurious 3 days ever. But this year we are checking into a gorgeous little hotel in Shaftesbury. Thinking that this could be a fab little town to enjoy a ghost walk I started to Google my heart out, to see what kinds of spooky things were on offer. Turns out we don’t need to go too far. That gorgeous little hotel we’re booking into on Hallowe’en night? It happens to be one of the most haunted hotels in the UK. I’m spooked easily on a slow news day… never mind in a haunted hotel hundreds of miles from home.
So, we may not get much sleep that night. Don’t think I’m going to want to turn the lights out until the sun comes up! I will be up all night in the bar keeping myself awake and sipping on these Bloody Rosemary Cocktails.
Bloody Rosemary Cocktails
- 4 ounces Smirnoff vodka
- 6 ounces spiced tomato juice
- chipotle Tobasco or other hot sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- Crushed ice
- 1 lemon cut into wedges
- 4 sprigs rosemary
- sea salt
- black pepper
Place a small amount of water in a saucer or shallow bowl.
Dip the rim of your glasses into the water.
Dip the glass rims into the sea salt making sure that there is a good amount of salt sticking to the rims.
Place lots of crushed ice in each glass, to come almost to the top.
Pour 1 ounce of vodka into each glass.
Top with the 6 ounces of tomato juice, and spice according to taste.
Garnish with the lemon wedges and the rosemary sprigs.