Boos and Booze: Read The Haunting of Hill House while sipping a spooky cocktail

Halloween Cocktail Pairings. Photo Credit: Carla Davis
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The Haunting of Hill House
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  • 2 oz Empress 1908 Indigo Gin*
  • 1 oz honey simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 egg white **
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice (or juice from 2 lemon wedges)

Combine gin, honey simple syrup, and egg white in a shaker; shake dry (no ice) for 20-30 seconds. Shake as hard as you can. You can add a blender ball to help create the frothy foam you are trying to achieve with the egg white.

Add ice, remove blender ball and shake again for 3-5 seconds, until the shaker starts to get cold. Do not over shake, as the foam will break and fall flat.

Strain into glass of choice.  Immediately before drinking, add lemon juice to your drink for the “ghostly apparition” to appear.

Honey Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1  cup water

Heat all ingredients together and bring to a simmer, then let cook until desired thickness. Note: will appear thin and runny in the pan, but when cool, it will be thick and syrup consistency.

You may also add additional flavors to your syrup. When syrup is cooling, add the flavor you desire and it will steep into the final product. For a more intense flavor, you can add while simmering. Armando used a ginger honey simple syrup when he created this cocktail and according to him, it was great with the gin and lemon.

* If you do not have access to Empress 1908 Indigo Gin, you may steep any clear spirit with Butterfly Pea Flower for 24 hours prior to making this cocktail. The more flowers the better when home steeping. This element is important for the color changing effect.

**  For a vegetarian/vegan option (or if you don’t like the idea of a raw egg white) You may use Aquafaba (the water from a can of chickpeas) to create the foamy head of the cocktail. Armando found that aquafaba actually creates a better foam and is more forgiving if you make a mistake and have to re-shake the cocktail.

Our thanks to Armando for this spooky concoction! I personally made this Boos and Booze cocktail at home, and it was quite tasty; it was a great mix of sweet and tart, and it was gorgeous to look at.

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