Around my neighbourhood, Halloween is a really big deal. Huge, really. It’s nearly as big a deal for the adults as for the kids. Lots of people get dressed up and the grown-ups all sit out on their porches to hand out candy. Everyone is out, everyone is chatting with one another and everyone is cheerful and in good spirits. One other thing I’ve noticed is that among the trick-or-treat bags for the kids, many of the adults have some treats of their own. Only, the treats for the grown-ups seem to be of the liquid variety.
This year, I decided to get fancy with my Halloween treats for the grown-ups. I followed the recipe that my husband recommended from our local newspaper. It’s a simple cocktail of rum, apple cider, Angosturra bitters and hard cider. The key ingredient is the Angosturra bitters. It’s so remarkable! Have you ever added it to your cocktails? I’d been reading up on it recently and when this recipe called for it, I knew I wanted to give it a try. I looked for it at our local liquor supply store but they don’t sell it there (at least, not in Toronto). I did, however, find it among the drink mixes and non-alcoholic beverage aisle at my local grocery store.
If you want to really appreciate the effect of the bitters, mix the cocktail without it first and then taste it. Add the bitters and taste again. That’s what I did and you’ll be as impressed as I was. Guaranteed.
Ok, so now on to the recipe. If you’re making a lot of these, I recommend pre-mixing in a pitcher, everything except the hard cider. A clever eye might noticed that my pitcher is nearly empty. Ahem. Please disregard that at this time.
So, the recipe is: 1 part dark rum and 5 parts apple cider. By the pitcher, I used 1 cup rum and 5 cups cider. By the glass it’s 1 oz rum and 5 oz cider. Following?
Then add about 1 or 2 drops of the Angosturra bitters per glass, to taste. So, if you’re not into math, I’ll do it for you – by the pitcher that would mean adding about 8 to 16 splashes per pitcher. Pour the drink over ice in a double rocks glass. But only pour until the glass is about 2/3 or 3/4 full. Top off each glass with a hard apple cider.
Cheers and Happy Halloween!