With Halloween around the corner, there’s no better time to dive deep into the dark, mysterious, and delicious realm of spooky-inspired sips. And today, I’ve got a gem for you: The Witch’s Whimsy Cocktail.
At first glance, you might think this cocktail is just another ordinary drink, but it’ll most definitely put you under a spell! This is a recipe that is sure to impress anyone participating in this year’s spooky festivities. As usual, The Queen Bee is coming to you with a recipe that can be whipped up in just a few easy steps.
Let’s break it down, shall we?
I wanted to stick to some of the cocktail basics with this recipe, so I decided to make this Witch’s Whimsy Cocktail a vodka-based drink. What gets more classic than that? Vodka’s neutrality allows the other ingredients to shine, making it the perfect backdrop for this concoction. It’s both clean and crisp while also giving you that boozy jolt that you’re looking for in a Halloween cocktail.
You’ll notice that this is a citrus heavy recipe, so I needed a liqueur that was going to play up these notes. That’s where the Grand Marnier comes into play, an orange-flavored liqueur that is both bitter and sweet. Its complex flavor profile brings in a touch of elegance. Plus, it rounds out the tanginess the mixture has from the addition of both lemon and lime juices.
The lychee simple syrup is where things get exciting. Lychee, if you haven’t had the pleasure, has a fragrant sweetness, almost like a cross between a grape and a rose. In this drink, it lends an exotic touch of sweetness that is very much needed. I love using lychee simple syrup because you get a sweetener that’s unlike any other, plus it’s super easy to make at home.
Once all these ingredients come together, shaken with ice and then poured into a chilled coupe glass, the real magic begins. I made my own garnished eyeball and it turned out better than I thought. I simply added a bit of black liquorice into a lychee and viola!
Step 1: In a cocktail shaker, combine ingredients (except garnish) and shake the mixture with ice until chilled.
Step 2: Strain into glass.
Step 3: Garnish with lychee and liquorice “eyeball”.
For those looking to make their Halloween soirée a touch more sophisticated and enchanting, The Witch’s Whimsy Cocktail is your potion of choice! An extraordinary blend of exotic, sweet, tangy, and sharp. It’s a layered drink, where with each sip, a different flavor might come to the forefront, only to be complemented by the rest on the next sip!