Friday, October 28

Ghosts: Liquefied with a Raspberry Chaser

Rebecca Sherrow - Liquefied Ghost Cocktail Recipe

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. 
-Edgar Allan Poe

Do you believe in ghosts?  As a kid, I was convinced my house was haunted - but what kid isn't?  There were little things - like waking in the middle of the night to the sound of men laughing in a dark corner of my room, or coming home from school to find that the contents of my dresser had been rearranged (always in the same order), or hearing - rather "feeling" - the slightest whisper over my shoulder and turning to see my posters hanging in the air before slowly drifting to the floor, always face down.

For as long as I can remember I've loved a good ghost story, so maybe these incidences were just the fabrications of an overactive imagination.  In any case, I still love them and never more than on Halloween!

This cocktail is a delicious ghost story in its own right.  It's my twist on a classic Halloween drink, The Liquefied Ghost.  I use coconut milk & finish it with a raspberry chaser - simply a purée spiked with Chambord - right in the same glass.  I freeze the purée in the glass and even though the Chambord prevents it from freezing solid, it does become firm enough that the cocktail doesn't disrupt it as it's poured.  The frozen purée keep the cocktail cold, but what I really love is that after it's thawed the cocktail stays suspended above the raspberries, even after swirling the glass, like a ghost hovering over the world of flesh and blood.   What's more fitting than that on All Hallows Eve?