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Thursday 29 October 2009

Cocktail Hour: The Dra-Kahlua

I love Halloween. Any excuse to break out the facepaints and wear a costume of some kind. But as we’ve said before, seasonal accessories and decorations can seem a bit silly once the holiday’s over. So instead of spending my hard-earned pennies on plastic skulls and novelty ice cubes with beetles, insects and other beasties embedded in them, instead I’m going for the – ahem – far more sensible option and celebrating Halloween with copious amount of liquor, a pair of Minnie Mouse ears and a ridiculous polka-dot frock. So, instead of splashing the cash on tacky decorations that will just be binned on November 1st, may I suggest getting into the party spirit (pun intended, of course) with some gore-themed food and booze?

My own personal favourite is the wittily titled Dra-Kahlua (I didn't come up with the name, so don't blame me!), which tastes of Terry’s chocolate oranges and is dangerously more-ish. The black colour means it’s goth enough to serve at Halloween, but it’s a tad more sophisticated than gory blood-punch with fake eyeballs floating in it (though there’s nothing wrong with that, if that’s what you’re into).

What you’ll need is:
1 ½ oz. Kahlua
½ oz. Cognac
½ oz. Cointreau
¾ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup

What you’ll need to do is:

Combine in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, shake, shake, strain and then serve. Easy! Now all I need to do is rummage in the dressing-up box, backcomb my hair and dig out the Rocky Horror Show boxset, and I’ll be done….


  1. Any excuse to break out the puns...? I love it, great name, sounds delish :)

  2. I tried to make Dra-Kahlua last saturday,but colour wasn't so black as it in picture.Also what is simple syrup???I assume that is sugar syrup De gum...Really appreciate for an answer because taste was absolutelly amazing!!!You can e-mail me at [email protected]


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