Invite Them In ……
Since the beginning of time when the tales of vampires started being told they have been sensationalized, and romanticized. Over the ages the myths, and stories, stayed pretty true to form until they started transforming in more recent years with day walkers, vampires that glittered like diamonds in the sun, and now vampires that no longer need to feed on humans, but can survive on a synthetic form of human blood so they can live peacefully among us. I think that I have seen just about every vampire movie, and TV series that is out there. If you haven’t seen my inspiration for this recipe, True Blood, you really need to stop what you are doing and go take a peek. 😉
When I entered a Halloween cocktail contest with Oregon Fruit Products this is what I had in mind, but I didn’t have any idea that I would win. I received a beautiful cocktail set, some of Oregon Fruit Products amazing organic, non-GMO, canned fruit, and began concocting the perfect drink to keep those vampires away. A blood substitute if you will. This particular drink can be served two different ways. In shooter form, as pictured, or in a wine or martini glass with sparkling water. Either way you will have a drink that all of your guests will love.
Before you get started you can go HERE to find the handy, dandy store locator that Oregon Fruit Products has provided for you. (There is a drop down menu on the right hand side.) They can generally be found in the baking aisle, or with the other canned fruit. Once you decide if you want the dark sweet cherry version, or the red tart cherry version you can grab a can and get started! The only difference between the two is, while they are both sweet, the tart cherry version is going to be lower in sugar and the sweet cherry version is going to be slightly thicker, and darker in color, more like real blood. You can even mix half and half if you are so inclined. It won’t affect the flavor.
So, now you can put away your wooden stakes, silver bullets, garlic, crosses, and holy water. With your Vampire Blood Donor cocktail in hand you can feel confident when you invite them into your home and allow them to walk freely among you, but beware, if you run out you may just have to rescind your invitation. Prepare for a safe, and vampire friendly Halloween, invite all of your vampire friends, sit back relax, and enjoy!
What is your favorite Halloween cocktail?
Vampire Blood Donor
By Angie Gouchenour
16-2 ounce servings
1 cup Oregon Fruit Products dark sweet cherries or red tart cherries and their juice
1 cup sweetener of your choice (I used Sugar 2.0)
¾ cup vodka
In a medium pan combine your cherries and juice and sweetener
Bring the mixture to a boil mashing the cherries with a wooden spoon
Allow to boil for 5 minutes stirring frequently
Allow the mixture to cool for 5 – 10 minutes after removing it from the heat
Strain cherry mixture into a bowl through a mesh strainer (Squish as much juice out as you can. Should yield about ¾ cup)
Place juice in a jar and store in the refrigerator
When you are ready to serve add equal amounts of vodka to your juice (My yield was ¾ so I used ¾ cup of vodka)
Shake and serve
You can serve in 2 ounce shooter glasses, or you can serve in martini glasses topped with sparkling water
You can prepare this several days ahead of time and just keep it in a sealed jar in the refrigerator