Showing posts with label Halloween recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halloween recipes. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How to Make a Candy Apple Cocktail (with or without Spirits) for #Halloween by Cleo Coyle

Marc and I are celebrating Halloween with a fun, little cocktail that may not be scary, but it is wicked good! This Candy Apple drink has all the flavor and color of a good old candy apple. You can make it without alcohol or with spirits—an apt notion for Halloween.

However you mix it, we hope you'll drink with scary good joy!

~ Cleo

Cleo Coyle's 

Candy Apple Cocktail

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Our drink recipe gives you great versatility. You choose your favorite ingredients and method of preparation:

* Make it a virgin drink (without alcohol) or spike it as much or as little as you like.

* Mi
x it by the glass, the pitcher, or even in a punch bowl. 

The pomegranate juice, added to the natural apple juice, provides good-for-you antioxidants--and a bloody good color for Halloween. Finally, have fun with the garnishes...

We like the idea of crusting the rim of each glass with cinnamon-sugar, which not only lends delicious flavor to each drink, but style to your service. 

You can slice an apple (through its equator) and slip the slice onto to the glass rim, as you would a lemon or lime slice. Or...

Try our idea of decorating the serving table using maraschino cherries on long skewers to mimic the look of candy apples. 

Whatever you do, we hope you have fun with the recipe, and... 

May you have a spirited Halloween!

Cleo Coyle's 
Candy Apple Cocktail


2 parts apple juice, no sugar added
   (or chilled sparkling apple cider)

1 part pomegranate juice 

(optional) vodka or gin or white rum, to taste

(optional) cinnamon schnapps (such as Goldschlager), to taste

Maraschino cherries

Cinnamon sugar (*see method below)

Ice cubes


For a Candy Appletini: Spread a generous amount of your cinnamon sugar onto a flat plate. Moisten the rim of your martini glass and place it rim-side down into the plate of cinnamon sugar. Gently turn the glass until the rim is coated with the mixture.

Into a cocktail shaker, Mason jar, or pitcher, pour the apple juice, pomegranate juice, and the optional alcohol. Add ice cubes, stir well, and pour into your glass (or glasses), straining back the ice.  

For a Virgin Cocktail: Prepare any glass as described above by crusting the rim with cinnamon sugar. Fill about half the glass with the chilled sparkling apple cider. Add the chilled pomegranate juice. Stir gently to mix the liquids. Garnish with an apple slice or maraschino cherry on a wooden skewer and enjoy!

Making punch for a party: Follow the ingredient ratios above and spike it as much or as little as you like. Do not add ice to the punch bowl or pitcher, which will only water down the flavor of the drink. Instead, fill ice trays with the 2:1 ratio mix of apple juice and pomegranate juice and add those frozen apple-pom cubes to your punch bowl or pitcher to keep the drink tasting great for a longer period of time.

*How to Make Cinnamon Sugar: Mix 1/4 cup of white granulated with 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon. This is a basic ratio, but you can vary it, adding more or less cinnamon to your own taste.

Another great idea for a party is to make 
candy apples to serve or simply to decorate the table.

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Candy Apples with Honey 
instead of corn syrup


Candy Apples for Grown-ups!

(how to spike candy apples)

Eat (and read) with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Toasty Ghosties! #recipe #Halloween @abbottmysteries

By Mary Jane Maffini aka Victoria Abbott

Welcome to Day One of Eat, Drink and Be Scary, our second annual Halloween eight-day week.  We are very excited and are very glad you are joining us!  

I will confess, I’m silly about Halloween. I love it. So is my daughter, Victoria. Even my hubby dutifully carves very scary and fun pumpkins every year. 

There’s so much entertaining stuff to do. I stock up on candy in our old black Dutch over and put on the dog costumes (should we get new ones?)

I believe those are my cookies!
 I slap on my witch hat and then … over the course of the night, eight to twelve kids show up.  Some of those are neighborhood toddlers with dad or mum.  Some scare the dogs and vice versa!

As we will probably know all the families of the kids who come to our door and many will be really young, we felt I could make some cookies as plan a and then have candy bars as plan b.  

I thought I’d give spiders and eyeballs a miss as we have had tears in the past. Sometimes the little ones get scared by their own costumes. But I LOVE my ghost cookie cutter and thought that might be gentle fun. 

Luckily I came upon this vintage sugar cookie recipe handwritten tucked into my mother’s recipe notebook. It’s not in my mother’s handwriting and they don’t taste like her sugar cookies (still searching for that recipe) and there’s no name, but despite their mysterious origins, they are addictive. Our friends have been snitching the practice ones. I’ve fiddled with the recipe and am very happy with the results. With the addition of the sad little chocolate chip mouth, we are happy with the plaintive look of the little  “ghosties” and everyone loves the taste.  In fact, I might just pinch one right now. 

Toasty Ghosties

You will need:

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 extra large eggs, at room temperature, well beaten in a small bowl
2 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
½ tsp salt
1 tsp good quality vanilla
Chocolate chips
Extra sugar for dusting

All you do is:

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy in stand mixer (or whatever works for you).  Add beaten eggs and vanilla and continue to beat until well blended.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, soda, and cream of tartar, mixing to blend.

Add dry mixture to wet and mix just until blended. Don’t overbeat.

If you have time, roll the dough into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill the dough for 20 minutes before rolling out.  It is very soft.

Roll out on floured surface and roll with floured rolling pin until about ¼ inch think.  They will puff up slightly, so don’t roll too thick. 

Cut into shapes with your favorite cookie cutters. Of course, we used ghosts. 

Transfer to cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. They spread quite a bit so keep it to six per sheet, or they will run into each other.  I learned this the hard way and had to eat quite a few and then start again. Ahem. Dust each with a bit of granulated sugar.

 For each ghost, place a chocolate chip (with the point into the dough) for the mouth of each Ghostie.

Bake 10 minutes. Remove and cool.  Makes 24 Toasty Ghosties. Guard them well, because they have a ghostly tendency to disappear.  Quite a few did while I was taking pictures. From the forty-eight we made, we find ourselves down to these.  How mysterious is that?

We should add that they look great on a table and big people like them too!

That shadowy figure known as Victoria Abbott is actually artist and photographer, Victoria Maffini and her mother, Mary Jane, author of three other mystery series. 

Although it's not a Halloween mystery, they promise very dark nights, a spooky house and some goosebumps in The Marsh Madness, the fourth book collector mystery, just weeks off the press.

Here's what some people are saying about The Marsh Madness:

I highly recommend The Marsh Madness to readers of all ages who appreciate excellent writing, exciting plots, and fun, small-town people.   -- Open Book Society

The Marsh Madness is a mystery that will keep you guessing and entertained every step of the way.

-- Fresh Fiction

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