Woo hoo!! I love it when Halloween falls on a Saturday! That way I can take full advantage of my favorite holiday from the moment I wake up, until the moment my head hits the pillow. I have some pretty ambitious plans this year. Morning is great for pranks, like writing cryptic messages with fake blood on the bathroom mirror, or placing a hairy rubber tarantula on the floor of the shower (I hope Audrey isn’t reading this). Then I’m off to shop for a few last minute costume additions. We’re a family of dinosaurs this year. Audrey made me a wicked t-rex hoodie, but I think some face paint is still in order. Next, a quick stop down the block for some neighborhood pumpkin carving action with Fiona. She could care less about the carving, but LOVES getting her hands all slimy. Then it will be time to rush home and prep for our annual Halloween party. As always, I’m in charge of the cocktails. Given how busy the day will be, I wanted a cocktail that was quick/simple to make, but still complex enough to wow my guests. American Honey Sting was just what I needed: a blend of bourbon, honey, and ghost pepper, it’s the perfect spirit for the occasion. Seriously, this is one of the most balanced cocktails I’ve ever made! The sweetness from the honey is countered by the fresh tart citrus. The grapefruit adds some bitterness, and the ghost pepper some bite. The vanilla coats the glass and adds depth, while the salt makes everything pop. I’m super happy with it – and again, SO SIMPLE!! Definitely a must-have for your Halloween party this year.
CITRUS STING COCKTAIL
- 1 1/2 oz American Honey Sting
- 2 oz grapefruit juice
- 1/4 oz lime juice
- pinch of salt
- spritz of vanilla extract
- Grapefruit peel for garnish.
- Use an atomizer or small spray bottle to give a small spritz of vanilla extract into a chilled old fashioned glass. If you don’t have an atomizer, add a small drop of vanilla into the bottom of the glass and swirl around to coat the inside of the glass, shaking out any excess.
- Add American Honey Sting, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and pinch of salt into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously for 10 seconds, then double strain over one large ice cube.
- Garnish with a large strip of grapefruit peel, and serve!
(This post is sponsored by American Honey Sting. Opinions are our own. Images by HonestlyYUM)
Where is the ghost pepper?
I used pink grapefruit juice & added a splash of Sprite .. Amazing.
It’s the mist of vanilla in the glass that really got me. And your precision lighting. Georgeous.
this is beautiful!
These photos are some sort of surreal!! They are gorgeous!! And yes, I would like minimum 2 of these right now. Hope your Halloween was fun!
Um, this sounds incredible! If you’re whipping up another batch, I know someone who would help you drink them, just sayin’
These photos are amazing! The drink sounds amazing too. I haven’t tried this spirit but like the idea of sweet and spicy. Right up my alley!
The photographs are really beautiful. I love the chiaroscuro, and the play with motion. Happy halloween!
This cocktail is right up my alley. I love the spritz of vanilla extract–very clever. It sounds like you have a great day planned. Enjoy!
This is so beautiful it hurts (a little). And goodness could I use one of these right now!!
Beyond gorgeous, that color is perfection!
This drink sounds fantastic and these pictures are absolutely spectacular!!! Stunning shots!!!
These pictures are awesome. Great action shots.
These images are gorgeous!! Is it too early to start drinking!?
I love a Saturday Halloween too!! Perfect for entertaining! Annnnd I love this drink…the name alone is fabulous.
Besides being an enticing drink (I love the combination of spicy and sweet in a cocktail), your photography is beyond amazing. Really, really nice Todd. Thanks!!