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Cocktails are an easy way to bring a unique and fun twist to any party. When creating themed cocktails, I sometimes find it helpful to stick to a classic recipe and tweak one ingredient or the garnish to make it appropriate for the celebration or event.110 Vampire Kiss

Vampire Kiss

Dracula had an insatiable thirst, and so will your friends when they see this cool cocktail.
To make it, you’ll need:
1 oz. mango vodka,
1 oz. coconut rum,
1 oz. sweet and sour mix, a splash of grenadine and an ice.
Pour all the ingredients into cocktail shaker and shake. Serve over ice.

To make the dripping blood for the rim, you’ll need corn syrup and red food coloring. Stir both together in shallow bowl that is wider than the rim of the glass. Dip the rim of glass into the syrup and allow it to drip. Place the glass in a freezer for a few minutes to help solidify the drips.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

110 Lemon Martini Based Vampire Kiss

Lemon Martini based Vampire Kiss

1.5 ounces vodka
1.2 ounce orange liqueur
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
.75 ounce freshly-squeeze lemon juice
Red gel frosting for garnish

Now, for a spooky twist, I rimmed my martini glass with red gel frosting. With two small red drips down the glass, it looks like it could be Count Dracula’s cocktail.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, orange liqueur, sugar, and lemon juice. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared martini glass.

The idea:  Inspired by Charm

110 Bloody Vampire Kiss

Bloody Vampire Kiss

1 oz. Vodka
½ oz. Chambord liqueur
3 oz. cranberry juice
A splash of lime juice

Pour all cocktail ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into prepared martini glass.