Día de los Muertos


Day of the Dead is a hauntingly beautiful way to remember your loved ones and celebrate rebirth.  Here are some inspired spirits for your ritual.
p.s.  try this website for your Day of the Dead party paraphernalia.

Second Star Margarita
2 oz jalepeño infused mezcal (recipe below)
3/4 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
3/4 oz couintreau

Shake and serve over ice.  Garnish with a marigold.
The smoke from the mezcal and the spice from the jalepeño make this cocktail perfect for fall.

Jalepeño infused mezcal
1 750ml bottle mezcal
2-4 jalepeno peppers

Slice jalepeños in halves, then quarters lengthwise and remove seeds.  Place peppers in mezcal bottle. Store in dark cool place for 48-60 hours tasting infusion periodically for desired heat.  Strain mezcal through damp cheese cloth and pour infusion back into bottle.

Pumpkin old fashioned 
2 oz bourbon
3/4 oz pumpkin spice simple syrup (recipe below)
Angostura bitters

Stir with ice and strain into chilled rocks glass.  Garnish with brandied cherry.

Pumpkin spice simple syrup
Halve one small pie pumpkin. Scoop out seeds and place pieces, hollow side down, in a large baking pan covered with aluminum foil and add a little water. Bake, uncovered, at 375 until soft. Scoop out roasted pumpkin and simmer in 2 cups water with 2 cups sugar for aprox. 30-40 min.  For flavor variations try adding a combination of orange peel, fresh ginger, vanilla beans, clove, star anise, fresh grated nutmeg or fresh cinnamon. Cool and strain with damp cheese cloth.  Syrup should keep in refrigerator for a few weeks.

Corpse Reviver (No. 2)
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz Lillet
1 oz Couintreau
1 oz gin
1 dash Absinthe

Shake and strain into chilled coupe glass.  Garnish with orange peel.
Note:  According to Harry Craddock, 4 in a row will unrevive the corpse again!

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