Halloween isn’t really my jam. I love how excited other people get about the holiday, but as someone who generally enjoys whimsy and charm much more than haunt and horror, I usually spend October looking beyond the 31st and into the holiday season to come.
That said, I’m not one to ignore inspiration, so when I spotted these test-tube glasses during a leisurely stroll the Michael’s the other day, I put them in my cart and started brainstorming a delicious drink with which to fill them. I wanted a blood-red color and an autumnal taste, so I turned to the jewel-like pomegranate. A heavy pour of gin and a heady dash of cinnamon simple syrup rounds out this supremely drinkable shot (which can also be served as a regular ol’ cocktail, in case you were wondering), and a dripping red rim adds the requisite amount of spook.
• 5 oz gin
• 4 oz pomegranate juice
• 1 oz orange juice
• 1 oz cinnamon simple syrup
• red decorating gel, for garnish
1. To make a batch of cinnamon simple syrup, combine 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve, and let cool.
2. Combine gin, juice and simple syrup in a cocktail mixer and stir to combine.
3. Draw drips on the edge of your glassware with the decorating gel, then pour in your shots.