Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Mixology

I hosted a Halloween mixology event with friends where we made and invented drinks to pair with our favorite Halloween themed mysteries and TV episodes. You can see the results of our labors over on Criminal Element, but here's a special drink to commemorate the scene where the little girl's body is found in the bobbin for apples tub in Agatha Christie's Hallowe'en. Enjoy!

Bobbin' for Apples

3 parts champagne
1 part apple liqueur
5 fresh cranberries floating at the top of the glass to simulate the apples for bobbing

For a nonalcoholic version, try Martha Stewart's Shrunken Heads in Cider.

Because Halloween girl cannot live by drink alone, here are a few of my favorite Halloween themed dishes:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, I found these yummy delights over at Food Fixe.

Rachel Ray's cheese, prosciutto and phyllo dough Yummy Mummy appetizer.

I prefer the ice cream version of Dirt and Worms but many people favor the pudding version.

Spider Turtles from the Food Network let the carmel cool a little before you before you pour it over the pecans (about 5 minutes).  You can use a cold water bath instead of the candy thermometer, as my friend Janet did to make these lovely little guys.

Photo and actual spider making by Janet Kuchler

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  1. I just watched that Agatha Christie one this past weekend. I wish we lived closer so I can assist in these important taste tests and festivities. Perhaps I should host an east coast one?!

  2. @Kim M. Hammond - The mixology event was really fun! You should definitely try it.

  3. I like the idea too, but I don't have any devious friends in Denver. I need to broaden my horizons.

  4. @Kerry - next time we all get together we can mix drinks for different books. It's really fun. Or you just have to come out and visit...