Nowadays, my children are too old for trick-or-treating. They still obsess over their costumes, which have grown increasingly sexy over the years (you won’t see any teenage girl wearing a sheet). They gather for parties, driving themselves, no longer in need of parental participation in the Halloween rituals. My friends and I, although saddened that, for us, this fabulous holiday is no longer kid-centric, all do the adult thing: we make our own Halloween party and drink martinis. I always dress in my (menopause-appropriate) witch costume. I dust off my black hat, put on some scary shoes and a bad attitude, and, bearing a broom as a hostess gift, I go off into the night, to my friend Lynn’s. Lynn decorates the bejeezus out of her house, and serves Wicked Witch Martinis. Here’s how to make ’em:
6 ounces vodka
1 ounce dry vermouth
1 tablespoon olive juice
2 green, stuffed olives
2 eyeballs, preferably fake
1. Decorate two martini glasses with cobwebs, fake spiders, etc., and place them in the fridge to chill.
2. Combine the vodka, vermouth, olive juice and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until the mixture is well chilled, 20-30 seconds. Strain the mixture into the chilled glasses, add an olive and an eyeball to each, and serve.
Variation: If you prefer, you can substitute worms for the eyeballs, although this may alter the favor, not necessarily in a good way.
Note: Try not to drink too much or you might say something insulting to a friend who is costumed as Sarah Palin.