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Witchy Martinis For Halloween

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 Linda’s.

Linda decorates the bejeezus out of her house, and serves a wicked Witch Martini. Here’s how to make it:

2 Tbls. gin
1 Tbls. dry vermouth
2 Tbls. olive juice
2 olives
2 eyeballs, preferably fake

1. Decorate a cocktail shaker with cobwebs, fake spiders, etc.

2. Put a little water, an ice cube and an eyeball in a each of a couple of cocktail glasses, and stick ’em in the freezer.

3. Shake up the gin, vermouth, olives and olive juice, say three or four good shakes, in your witchy shaker. Take the glasses out of the freezer and pour that martini.

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.

Extra note: If you haven’t yet read about the consequences of serving popcorn balls to trick-or-treaters, click here.

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5 Responses to “Witchy Martinis For Halloween”

  1. Dave Says:

    Dear Ms. Harper,

    The increasingly sexy costumes are becoming a “key battleground state” of being in my house what with two girls aged 12 and 14 (our 7 month old appears to be very pleased with her tiger costume, thankfully). Sadly, my only parental option, other than outright “No way you’re leaving the house looking like THAT missy!” has been to convince them that looking “disgusting” is FAR better for Halloween than looking sexy. Out come my limited make-up artist skills to transform two otherwise lovely young ladies into the walking dead, unsocketed (desocketed???) eyeballs and all. As for the martinis, I am somewhat of an aficionado in that area as it is (on My Space, I’m known as Matt Helm) and will enjoy your recipe whilst dispensing treats and enjoying John Carpenter’s classic film for viewing 207 or so.

    A happy Halloween to you and yours,

  2. Edie Emery Says:

    so I love reading your blogs and have been meaning to respond for ages. Fittingly, it is the wicked witch martini that has finally inspired me. Will definitely try it this Halloween. Espec. enjoyed your note at the end.

    I loved Uh Oh Cleo, by the way. Brings back fond Winnetka memories….

    Don’t have a website yet, but am now on Facebook, just.


  3. Jessica Harper Says:

    I agree Dave: disgusting is the way to go! Although I think your -month-old shows impeccable taste in her choice…

  4. Anna Says:

    I MISS the old days with the kids costumed and thrilled and us eating too much candy.

  5. Dean Allen Says:

    Cannot wait to make these this Halloween! Thanks Ms Harper.

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