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Monday, October 22, 2018

A new cocktail

Our Halloween Party is this Saturday and I wanted to come up with something special for the drinkers in my ghoulish clan. I wanted something that looked creepy while still being tasty, and I had an idea. Since a lot of my group tends to enjoy gin, I decided to do a variation of an old cocktail from the Pre-Prohibition days called "The Last Word".

But I changed that recipe, substituting Blue Curacao for the Maraschino Liqueur. And by adding it slowly down the sides, I got this effect:

That's a dark sour cherry at the bottom.

I call my new drink, "The Witch's Eyeball"......mainly because the other key ingredient is Strega which has a long and famous association with witches.

Here's a standard view.

It tastes pretty good, though it is a potent brew having no non-alcoholic ingredient besides the cherry. If you want to make your own here's how:

Add equal parts of gin from the freezer and Strega into a medium martini glass. Add a dark sour cherry that has been rinsed off in water to the bottom of the glass. Now, using a teaspoon, gently drizzle Blue Curacao down 5 sides of the glass so that it leaves a trail and pools ever so slightly around the cherry. Serve promptly without agitating the contents and thus ruining your 'eye' before your guest can see it.


  1. Where do you get the dark sour cherry? Looks yum, but alas! No alcohol for me!

    1. Sometimes you can find them in the ethnic section of a major supermarket, but mostly I just go to any of the many Polish specialty stores in my area. They all carry them.

      Now you can also go online and find more expensive gourmet versions, but you are really overpaying by more than just a little. A fairly large jar is only in the $3 to $4 range at the specialty stores and I've seen small jars go for $15 online.

      And for non-drinkers they are great with desserts......especially ice cream!