If you’re #TeamEdward, this vampire cocktail is for you! It’s rich, balanced, and beautiful and would also be perfect for Valentine’s Day or Christmas!
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I’m a Twilight fan. And I’m not ashamed.
I was excited to get Stephanie Meyer’s brand-new book, Midnight Sun, which tells the tale of the original Twilight book from Edward’s perspective. Naturally, I wanted an appropriate cocktail to sip while I read.
Not Your Average Vampire’s Kiss
When I searched online for vampire drink recipes, I found a lot of them called “Vampire’s Kiss.” The ingredients varied and I tried a couple of them. Chambord and champagne. Variations on a vodka cranberry. Meh.
I wanted my drink to be more intense and complex. It needed to be blood-red (not pink) and it needed to include whiskey.
My go-to drink is a whiskey sour, so I started there and added some POM Wonderful pomegranate-cherry juice. It was delicious, but still a little too pink and frothy from the foam.
(But if you’re a big whiskey sour fan like me, here’s that Pomegranate Whiskey Sour recipe.)
After some trial and error, I came up with an awesome recipe. I decided to call my vampire drink “#TeamEdward.” Because, obviously.
How to Make a Vampire Cocktail
You’ll need Chambord (black raspberry liqueur), lime juice, pomegranate juice, simple syrup, raspberries and blackberries, and a whiskey of your choice. For this recipe I used Misunderstood’s Ginger Spiced Whiskey, which I highly recommend! The ginger flavor adds a fantastic depth to this vampire drink.
You’ll also want to make some red sugar to rim your glass. It’s so simple to make – just put a few tablespoons of white sugar in a small Ziploc bag and add a couple drops of red food coloring. Knead and shake the bag until the color is absorbed and evenly distributed.
When your sugar is the desired color (just add more food coloring one drop at a time if you want it darker), pour it onto a plate. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of your glass, then press the glass edges into the sugar. Here’s a link to the martini glass I use.
Now it’s time to make your vampire cocktail! First, put 3 raspberries and 3 blackberries into your cocktail shaker. Add 1/2 ounce of simple syrup and muddle gently (this is the muddler/spoon I use and love!) to squish up the fruit.
Now add a few ice cubes, 1/2 ounce of lime juice, 1/2 ounce of Chambord, 1.5 ounces of pomegranate juice, and 2 ounces of whiskey. Shake it until the shaker is nice and frosty, then double strain into your glass. You want the drink to look smooth and not have pieces of fruit in it.
Finally, carefully place one large ice cube into the glass. I love these oversized cubes – they make the drink look that much more dramatic!
This cocktail is so delicious. It’s just sweet enough and the various ingredients give it a lot of complexity. I hope you enjoy it while you’re reading Twilight, watching the movies, or enjoying another holiday with friends and loved ones. (And while you’re sipping, light one of these #TeamEdward candles!)
- 2 oz Misunderstood Ginger Spiced Whiskey (or whiskey of your choice
- 1/2 oz Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
- 1.5 oz pomegranate juice
- 1/2 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- A few raspberries and blackberries
- 2 T white sugar
- Couple drops red food coloring
- Add the sugar and a couple drops of food coloring to a Ziploc bag. Knead and shake the bag until the color is absorbed and evenly distributed.
- When your sugar is the desired color (just add more food coloring one drop at a time if you want it darker), pour it onto a plate. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of your glass, then press the glass edges into the sugar. Set the glass aside.
- Put 3 raspberries and 3 blackberries into your cocktail shaker.
- Add 1/2 ounce of simple syrup and muddle gently to squish up the fruit.
- Add a few ice cubes along with the lime juice, Chambord, pomegranate juice, and whiskey.
- Shake until the shaker is nice and frosty, then double strain into your glass.
- Please drink responsibly.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information is estimated and should only be used as a general guideline.