LUPEC 2: Halloween 2010

6 Dec

LUPEC Name: Vamp

Meeting Date: 10/31/2010

Meeting Theme: Halloween

Why did you choose this theme? I LOVE Halloween!

What were the cocktails you served?
I pretested all the cocktails the day before to make sure there weren’t any duds and the general consensus was ‘yum’!

We started with Jack-o-Lantern Punch served from a carved out pumpkin, so everyone could serve themselves while we went over business.

Next was a tasty Appalacian Flip from The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co in Philly  using the Art in the Age Root liqueur I subbed Breckenridge Vanilla porter for the suggested pale ale in the recipe. Spy Girl also suggested Left Hand’s Milk stout would be great.

Blood and Sand: traditional recipe with cherry herring instead of cherry brandy.

Warm Candy Apple: my own invention and a good use for giant bottle of Absolut Brooklyn plus a good excuse to try and make caramel simple syrup.

I also whipped up a few mocktails for the Pomeranian, who was feeling under the weather!

What food was served/brought?
Lots of spooky themed food! Loved Toro Bravo’s bean dip with spiderweb pattern sour cream on top and a glitter spider on the side of the bowl!

Anything else you’d like to say about your meeting?
I busted out all the good glassware and rocked the garnishes for this one. Also looked to some of the best cocktail bars in the country for ideas, like the Jack-o-lantern punch from Mayahuel in New York and the Appalachian Flip from the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co in Philly. Everyone loved the cocktails, even the very strange candy corn cocktail from Cocktail Guru Jonathan Pogash which included kettle corn infused gin!

Recipe, please!
Jack-o-Lantern Punch
Phil Ward of Mayahuel

multiplied by 10 for punch
2 1/2 cups or 20 fl.oz.    rum
40 tsp (200 ml)    sugar cubes
3 3/4 cups or 30 fl.oz.    club soda
20 ea.    cloves
5/8 tsp.    nutmeg
1 1/4 cups or 10 fl.oz.    lemon juice
2 1/2 cups or 20 fl.oz.    apple juice

1.    Dissolve the sugar cubes in 1 oz. of club soda (this generally involves muddling to help process).
2.    Muddle the cloves with the sugar cubes.
3.    After the sugar cubes and cloves are muddled/dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients one at a time and stir as added.
4.    Add ice once all of the ingredients have been added and stirred.
5.    Stir the punch until it is chilled.
6.    Strain the punch into a glass, punch bowl, or carved out pumpkin depending on the size of the portion.
7.    Top with 2 oz. club soda.
8.    Garnish with apple slices, cinnamon sticks and pumpkin seeds.


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