Spooky Cocktails and Fun Finds

It’s Halloween week, which means it’s time for parties – and partying. Here’s a few things you’ll want to check out.

Let’s Get Monster Smashed…
It’s the perfect title for this book: Let’s Get Monster Smashed, Horror Movie Drinks for a Killer Time. It’s put together by Jon and Marc Chait, and the book is as colorful as the drinks.

It all starts with a great breakdown of liquors and liqueurs, everything from vodka to Lillet Blanc. You’ll also find a section listing all the tools you will need to make these deliciously monstrous drinks, as well as “Satanic Syrups” you need to know how to make.

I highly recommend adding this book to your bar. Here’s a few of my favorites: Monkey Brain (peach brandy, cream liqueur and grenadine), to drink during Faces of Death; Pazuzu’s Puke (brandy, dark rum, milk, vanilla sugar, green food coloring and corn flakes), to go with a night watching The Exorcist; and Big Fishbowl Punch (white rum, blue curacao, lemon lime soda and shark gummies), a perfect accompaniment to Jaws.

You can pick up a copy of Let’s Get Monster Smashed on Amazon (and have it delivered by Halloween if you get  Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial).

A little special rum…
Rum is one of those spirits that mixes well with anything, or with nothing at all. Casa D’Aristi released a collection of unusual rum-based liqueurs from Mexico that will add a little twist to your bar. I was able to sample three of them.

If you like black licorice with a hint of mint schnapps, give Casa D’Aristi XTA a try. While the anise stands out the most for me, it actually starts with honey from the Xtabentun flower, only found in the Yucatan, before the anise is blended in.

Casa D’Aristi Huana is rather hard to describe as there’s quite a bit of flavor in there. I wanted to say chocolate covered pineapple, and I wasn’t far off. The Guanabana fruit is a combination of strawberry, pineapple, and coconut.

The Casa D’Arista Kalani is my favorite. It’s a mixture of fresh coconut milk and pure Mexican cane rum. That said, it is rather sweet, so sipping it alone might be a bit too much, but all I would need would be some pineapple juice for a quick pina colada. Unlike other coconut rums, it has that rich milk feel that mixes well.

Check this out…
I’d like to give a shootout to The Uncommonwealth, who sent me this adorable tank top. Check out their website for more cute items.

Stick this in your bag…
You don’t have to worry if you get a stain on that shirt if you have Dryel in your bag. I really like this easy to carry stain remover with the little brush top. It’s a must for travel. 


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