Funny how all holidays are colored with signature hues. Green and red for Christmas, despite the Ballard Designs and Pottery Barns of the world trying to trick us into adopting purples and blues and pinks. Red, white, and blue for Fourth of July. Brown for Arbor Day. Green for my Half Birthday, I mean St. Patrick’s Day. Naturally Halloween conjures up spooky images of black and orange.
Store aisles have been festooned with the color combo since, oh, July (and what a clash with the red, white, and blue!). While the Halloween imagery used to teeter somewhere between cute and creepy, it has turned plain macabre in some places. There seem to be dead dudes with bad hair all over the Target aisles, and even the grocery store has one too many severed hands served up in a candy bowl to make me want to shop for food., at least not meat.
If you people want the creep factor exponentially revved up from years past, who am I to disappoint? These 5:00 Fridays libations are for the over-21 set anyway. If you have nightmares just hum “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain & Tennille like I did when I was a kid and got spooked by things that went bump in the night.
Today I bring you an unique concoction from our friends across the pond who speak with a lovely lilt and use the word “mate” as a noun.
Blavod Black Vodka Screwdriver (in the spirit of gory Halloween and revenge, let’s pretend that this particular screwdriver bored its way into the brain of the asshole who just made snide racist comments about my friend’s adorable little children yesterday…note the use of “bored,” yet another homonym!)
2 shots Blavod black vodka
3 ounces pulp free orange juice or tangerine juice
corn syrup or honey
red food coloring
In a shallow dish, mix a couple of tablespoons of corn syrup or honey with several drops of red food coloring. Dip the rim of a highball glass into the mixture. It will drip down the sides like oozing blood. Add ice cubes and orange juice. Slowly pour the Blavod black vodka on top so the orange and black colors are layered. Serve with a straw or swizzle stick. This cocktail is best stirred before drinking, but the layered look packs a punch for Halloween presentation.