This ghoulish drink is just the perfect amount of sweet – but not too sweet – and is a nod to the traditional orange and black decorations of Halloween. Very easy to make, and using only three ingredients, you’ll want to pour this drink into shot glass rimmed with a wreath of Halloween colored blend of sparkling sugar.

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Zombie Brains Halloween Shots

Zombie Brains Halloween Shots

  • Author: Patricia Beets
  • Yield: 4 drinks 1x

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Ingredients

8 oz vodka

4 very ripe kiwis

Ice

Simple syrup (you can make your own, see recipe below) or some sort of sticky liquid for rimming the glasses

Black cocktail sugar (we like this one from Snowy River)

Orange colored sugar (such as this one from CK Products)


Instructions

STEP 1: MAKE SIMPLE SYRUP

If you bought your syrup, you can skip this step. If you want to make your own simple syrup, add two parts sugar to one part water to a saucepan. Bring to boil in saucepan and CAREFULLY and CONSTANTLY stir until sugar dissolves and the liquid mixture is clear. The liquid may take on a slightly golden color, depending on if you are using raw or organic sugar. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and completely cool the syrup.

Store the simple syrup in an airtight container, in your fridge, until ready to use. This simple syrup can stay fresh up to 4 weeks.

STEP 2: GARNISH YOUR GLASSES

If you are using simple syrup: Put some of your syrup into a bowl. Take one tablespoon of the black sugar and two tablespoons of the orange sugar and mix in a separate bowl.

Turn your drink glass upside down and dip the glass rim into the syrup. Lift your glass straight up, and hold it upside down for a few seconds, to allow excess syrup to drip off. Then, dip the rim of your glass into the cocktail rim sugar. Gently move the glass around the sugar, rotating the glass as you go. Hold upside down and shake off excess sugar. Fill glass with ice, set aside and repeat.

Using a different syrup that is thicker, such as honey? Try this: Brush the edges of your cocktail glasses with your syrup – to create a thin, sticky layer on the glass rim. Then, follow the rest of the directions for dipping the glass into the cocktail rim sugar.

STEP 3: MAKE YOUR COCKTAIL

Peel your kiwi fruit and cut it into slices. The easiest way to peel a kiwi is to cut the fruit in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon – and THEN cut the fruit into smaller chunks.

Then, place the fruit into the cocktail shaker and crush it very well, using a muddler or the flat end of a bar spoon. Don’t worry about over-muddling (or crushing) your fruit. But do make sure that the fruit is really ripe.

Don’t know how to figure that out when you’re at the grocery store or farmers market? When it comes to kiwi fruit, don’t assume that the larger fruit is always the tastiest – small fruit can pack quite a delicious punch. Instead, gently press the outside of the fruit with your thumb. If the fruit feels like it’s just a bit soft and giving to the slight pressure of your thumb, then it’s ripe.

Next, add ice into the shaker, the vodka and the simple syrup. (See recipe below to make your own simple syrup.) Cover the shaker and shake well until shaker is frosted. Strain mix into shot glasses and serve.