I know what you’re thinkin’: Halloween was last month! Geez! But follow, drinkers: Halloween is Gay Christmas, and like Christmas, it needs more like 12 days to celebrate, not one (heck, we even do the parade and the costume party on separate nights!). So, here are a few more fun concoctions. And remember: You can’t spell “devilish” without “delish.”
This honeyed take on the kir royale sounds frightfully good.
1 oz. Drambuie
1 oz. Hendrick’s gin
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. honey syrup
2 oz. champagne
Making it: Combine all the ingredients except the champagne in a shaker will ice and go to town. Strain into a flute. Finish by slowly topping with bubbly.
1 oz. Solerno blood orange liqueur
1 oz. fresh beet juice
1 oz. fresh carrot juice
1 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. fresh ginger juice
Making it: Roll ingredients with ice in a shaker and strain over fresh ice ins rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of ginger.
The Haunted Spirit
The Haunted Spirit
2 oz. Reyka vodka
3/4 oz/ fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz. mulled wine syrup
Making it: Make the syrup by reducing 32 oz. of red wine, 32 oz. sugar and 4 oz. of muling spices for 10 minutes, and allowing to cool (save the leftovers). Then pour all ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a spidery clove of star anise.
Halloween is officially tomorrow, and since it’s on a weekend, we assume a number of Dallasites will be attending, if not hosting, some parties where adult beverages may be served. Here are some treats to brew up for the tricks on your invitation list.
Blood of Innocence
If you are having a party, making a punch is a good way to keep yourself from standing behind the bar all night.
1 liter Caliche rum
1 bottle (750 ml) prosecco
16 oz. ruby port
12 oz. Curacao liquor
12 oz. each organge juice (no pulp) and unsweetened pineapple juice
8 oz. each lemon juice and light agave nectar
Making it: Stir ingredients together except the prosecco in a punch bowl, blending careful. Store in the refrigerator for at least four hours. When ready to serve, remove, add a large block of ice and gentle stir in bubbly. Garnish by floating hulled, sliced strawberries, slices of lemon and/or a handful of mint leaves.
Green Goblin Jell-O Shots
Another idea you can pre-make is the classic Jell-O shot, which can be prepared early and released as needed.
10 large limes
1 packet Lemon Jell-O mix
1 cup Herradura tequila
1/2 cup water
1 bottle of Be Mixed Zero-Calorie Margarita Cocktail Mixer
1/8 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
Making it: Zest two of the limes, then halve all of them. Flesh out as much of the pulp as possible with a small knife, scraping out any remaining flesh with a spoon — you’re trying to save the peels! In a small pot, boil Be Mixed and water with high heat. As soon as it starts to boil, pour over Jell-O mix and stir until dissolved. Then stir in tequila. Carefully pour the mixture into the lime halves, filling to the top. Transfer to the fridge and set for at least three hours. When set, mix together salt, zest and chili powder in a bowl. Cut lime halves into half-moons and dust with powder mixture.
Blood Orange Sparkler
This recipe can be customized for each guest, but you can mix a lot beforehand.
4 oz. Martini and Rossi vermouth
4 oz. simple syrup
8 oz. blood orange juice
8 blood oranges (peeled and diced)
Making it: Combine the first four ingredients in a pitcher, stirring well (best to stir before serving each glass). As needed, pour mixture into a champagne flute, about half way. Top with prosecco.
A few weeks ago, I gave a recipe for a cosmo made with Solerno, an Italian liqueur distilled from blood oranges. Well, now that it’s Halloween, it’s only fitting I introduce any bloody recipe with the same potable. It’s ghoulishly delicious, and would make a unique imbibable for your Halloween-themed get-together.
1 part Solerno blood orange liqueur
2 parts prosecco
2 parts Italian soda or San Pellegrino flavored soda (your choice)
Selection of berries
Making it: Combine all ingredients; muddle berries (or other fruits) as you desire. Stir. Pour over ice (strain if desired). Add fruit as a garnish.
(And the Cedar Springs Halloween Block Party happening tomorrow night — Saturday, Oct. 25), I thought it was appropriate to share this video here on Instant Tea. Thanks, Hardy Haberman, for sharing it with me.
Theatre 3 has brought back its hit musical Avenue Q — the show with the singing puppets having sex and cursing up a storm — through November, but the best time to see it might be tonight: That’s when the theater is hosting an audience costume party and sing-along. If you’re familiar with the show, you know you’ve always wanted to chime in during “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” and express your agreement that the Internet is, in fact, for porn, or discuss that beard Canadian “girlfriend” who lives in Alberta … no, her name is Alberta, she lives in Vancouver … Anyway, you get the point.
There’ll be a costume contest as well, so superfans should feel free to show up as Lucy the Slut or even the Bad Idea Bears. But it’s not a bad idea to get your freak on. (Furries welcome as well.)
In case you missed it, over on the main page, we’ve posted a very spooky slideshow by Chuck Marcelo from Saturday’s Halloween Street Party on Cedar Springs. But even after scrolling through all 156 photos, I still think the best costume I’ve seen so far this year belongs to Dallas Voice staffer Chance Browning, right, and his friend Andrew Phifer. And, almost as good as the costume itself, is this blurb they sent about how it came to be and how it went over:
Our criteria in putting together a costume for each year’s block party, always has the same criteria. The costume must be topical, current, relevant, clever and preferably make a strong political statement. In past years, we have run the gamut, from Pissed Off FLDS Prairie Ladies to Beaten and Bruised Target Employees to The Healthcare Bill on Capitol Hill and even Aqua Buddha. This year in brainstorming, we kept coming back to the election cycle, and finally The Healthcare Bears were born. I will say that we received an overwhelming response and praise through social networks, and some slight confusion from some of the intoxicated partygoers at the Street Party. The ones who got it really GOT it and loved! On the other hand, me being Romneycare Bear, I got some unknowing drunk people stumbling up to me and voicing their support of Romney, thinking I was some sort of Romney surrogate, which allowed for the perfect platform to discuss Romney’s support, or lack thereof for the LGBT Community.
All that being said the tag line that we came up with to best capture our concept this year is: The Healthcare Bears: Obamacare Bear & Romneycare Bear, Identical ‘Man-Dates’
Andrew Phifer and Chance Browning
Tupperware parties may evoke images of shag carpets, Ambrosia salad and avocado decor of the 1970s, but it’s just as popular as it ever was. Some of that is likely owed to Dixie Longate, the drag queen who took her party on the road and turned it into a show. That doesn’t mean she’s not selling it, but at least you can have a good time while pondering your selection(s). It’s not one of those awkward situations where you’re just kind of there to help a friend out but you really don’t want to spend the money.
Longate will turn up the fabulosity on Tupperware when she comes to Fort Worth Feb. 14–26 at Bass Hall’s McDavid Studio. And you could win a pair of tickets to the show. Here’s what you gotta do. We wanna know what’s been your most inventive use of T-ware. Do you use it as a cake mold? Maybe a planter? As part of your Halloween costume? We need to know. Email us your unique Tupp-ish innovations here with your name and contact info and “Gimme some Dixie” in the subject line. Two winners will be selected and notified prior to the show.
We don’t Halloween is ever over for the guys at DOA Blood Bath Entertainment. As if to perpetuate the freaks and frights of last week, they feature two days worth of independent horror films in its Blood Bath 3 film festival. Local queer filmmaker Shawn Ewert even has an entry with his short Parallel Lines, but that’s no suprise. It’s Ewert and Andrew Rose of DOA who also put on Fears for Queers in the summer.
DEETS: Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Through Sunday. $. DOABloodbath.com