Once upon a time, Ruckus came home from work, poured himself a finger of rum with a dash of black walnut bitters, and then promptly asked me to help save his drink. You see, bitters are a funny thing. Here you are thinking they’re just flair and the next thing you know, they’ve changed your whole drink with a shake or two of the wrist. Your lovely rum is suddenly bitter. Never fear. Almost always, a simple syrup can fix it up in no time. That’s what makes Old Fashioned cocktails so wonderful. They’re easy to make and easy to play with.
So I took his drink and added his favorite sugary rescue (maple syrup). I still felt like it needed a special touch of something though, so I added a dash of nutmeg for that hint of je ne sais quoi. And that’s how I invented his new favorite fall cocktail. And now he’s shaking his head at me because he thinks that the idea of seasonal cocktails is crackers. It’s fine.
Anyway, with Halloween just around the corner, I really couldn’t help myself. I just had to spookify my latest cocktail creation. And since this is a Jewish blog, I named it after our very own spook: the dybbuk. Nothing like a malevolent, restless soul to get the party started.
The best and easiest way to add a dash of creep with a side of humor is to add candy eyeballs. Don’t believe me? Just ask Pinterest. Even better, ask Rebekah Lowin from Made by Rebekah and check out her super adorable, I mean, creepy Halloween challah. Eyeballs are where it’s at. That and a good old-fashioned, black sugar rim. That always creates a festive mood!
Do you have a favorite Halloween cocktail? Tell me all about it in the comments section.