3/4 oz Gin <Bully Boy>
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Cocchi Americano
1/4 oz Orange Juice
Few Dashes of hot sauce
Add ingredients to an empty shaker, shake vigorously to combine. Add ice, shake again, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
I wasn’t planning on doing a Halloween themed drink, but after seeing some cool ones other people put out there, I guess I got inspired. These drinks usually fall into one of two camps. On one hand you have your dry ice and gory garnishes, and on the other there is the surprisingly large amount of classics that have Halloweenish names. I took the latter approach and used the Satan’s Whiskers as a starting point.Not wanting to simply trade on the name for the Halloween connection, I thought about some other ways make it “scarier”. Well, where does Satan come from? Hell of course, which I hear can be pretty hot. A few dashes of hot sauce are the perfect hellish addition.
I still wanted a little more bite to the drink too. A great way to give more of an edge to any drink is to introduce an amaro into the mix, and it’s hard to go wrong with Campari. So bitterness would be my scary card, and with that in mind I swapped out the two vermouths for their more bitter cousins – Punt e Mes and Cocchi Americano. Finally, this thing gets flip-ified with an egg white, which I suppose for some people could qualify as scary.
Bitterness is apparent on the nose of the Satan’s Stubble, and it continues on the sip. The Campari, Punt e Mes and Cocchi are clearly all pulling their weight. Orange and citrus notes benefit from the Campari too. They feel more well defined in this company. All this bitterness is a nice juxtaposition with the velvety body from the egg white, and almost sneaks up on you. The hot sauce pricks your tongue all the way though and lingers on the swallow.
Overall, this update gives the original drink a little more attitude. And come to think of it, either this version of the original could make a pretty cool Halloween costume. Happy Halloween!