Cherry brandy is the star in this deliciously sweet cocktail. Vampire Victim Cocktail sneaks up on you like a vampire. You won’t know what hits you until you’ve been bitten!
I don’t have many cocktail recipes on my blog. It’s something that I’ve been working on. I think it’s because I’m not a person that has a lot of mixed drinks. So, I’m not always sure what to combine and how much to combine in a mixed drink or cocktail.
I like Manhattans. And caipirina. And mojitos. Of course, I like margaritas and coladas, too. Other than that, I haven’t had a lot of mixed drinks. I’m a on the rocks drinker, basically. So, a mixed drink for me is not easy to come by, but I’m trying.
I’ve had this bottle of rakija in my fridge for a couple of years now. It’s too delicious to toss. I would drink the rest of the bottle before I let ANYONE throw it out. I mean, I brought that bottle back from Bosnia. So, you can understand why I wouldn’t let anyone get rid of it.
It’s like cherry crack in a tall bottle of amazing.
For those that don’t know rakija is a cherry wine/brady that’s popular in the Balkans region. They have many different flavors. I tasted walnut, pear, and apple when I was there. I loved the cherry and had to order a bottle to bring home. Sine I knew I was the only one that would appreciate it, I just ordered one bottle. The woman that was with me? She purchased so many bottles that she had to pay extra on her luggage.
When the #HalloweenRecipes event popped up, I had to make something with the cherry rakija. Because, well, It’s a really deep dark red. And what’s deep dark red? Blood! Who drinks blood? VAMPIRES!
You see where I’m going with this?
This cherry rakija was meant for Halloween. And you can easily blend with other liquors or mixers. For me, I added a little amaretto for additional sweetness. I also added some scotch because we always have scotch in the house. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, I wanted that foamy just drained blood look so I added an egg white.
I was hoping that the foam would hold up some creepy candy eyes, but that didn’t happen. I was also hoping that the foam would hold up some of the fun, larger Halloween candy decorations. They just sank to the bottom like the eyes did. I was disappointed.
So, I just made sure that I rimmed the glasses with the fun decorations I received for another event. Since I’m not a huge sprinkle person, I need to find some way to use them up. I might have to make some cupcakes or brownies or some coated pretzel rods. There ya go! Pretzel rods!
I wish I had more than one of these glasses. They’re so pretty. It’s opalescent glass from The Depression. I was hoping it would make the drink prettier. It made it look purple. Which I thought was interesting. But it still is a pretty glass.
And this drink? It sneaks up on you.
The amaretto and the cherry rakija make it go down easy. The scotch sneaks up on you and smacks ya in the forehead! You won’t know what hit you after having one of these. So, please be responsible and pace yourself.
We have a myriad of mixed glasses. That’s the thing about shipping in antique stores and flea markets. We have collected an odd assortment of glasses including the one opalescent one I have. I think we have about 6 or 7 different patterns of glasses. It’s crazy interesting trying to look at glassware in other antique stores to find other pieces to any of the many patterns we have.
Just imagine serving these up at your Halloween party! You could easily combine the alcohol in large quantities and then just add the egg whites as you need before shaking and serving. And what to do with all those yolks? Make some pudding! Yes, that’s a lot of pudding.
You can also salt cure them. I’ve done that. It’s an interesting science experiment. Then you grate them on pastas and salads. You can also freeze them and save them for later. I have a few packages of those in the freezer, too. OR you could make a bunch of carbonara pasta.
When I buy a bottle of alcohol for a recipe I often wonder what else I can make with it. For this recipe, if you purchase a cherry brandy or liquor, you could make these delicious Black Forest rum balls. They’re super easy to make for the holidays. They’re great for cookie swaps or holiday parties. Of course, for adults only, please?!
If you like cherry liqueur then you’re going to love this drink.
It has a hint of amaretto to round out the slight kick of scotch. But there’s not enough scotch in it to have that strong whiskey flavor. The egg white is just for the foam affect. If you’re a bit hinkey about putting a raw egg white in your drink, then feel free to omit it. I’m not sure if you could substitute a bit of meringue powder or not. I’ll have to try that next time.
And next time, I might add a bit of red food coloring, though I’m thinking that might turn everyone’s mouths red? Would it? That would be kind of creepy and make it look like everyone drank blood. Which might be a fun thing for a Halloween party. Who knows!?
Be sure to scroll down and see what the rest of the bloggers are cooking up for today. I’m sure it’s something ghoulishly good!
- 1 ounce amaretto
- 2 ounces scotch
- 3 ounces cherry Rakija or cherry brandy
- 1 egg white
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes.
- Put the egg white through a strainer and add to the cocktail shaker along with the remaining ingredients.
- Shake vigorously 1 to 2 minutes.
- Pour into chilled martini glasses rimmed with sprinkles or colored sugar.
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