Ghoulish libations from bygone eras.

T-minus twenty four days to Halloween.  Here in New York City, street stalls and stores are teeming with fat pumpkins; supermarkets have stocked enough bags of candy corn to last for the next century. Many of us are masterminding our costumes (last year, my husband and I dressed as Friday Kahlo and Diego Rivera … this sounds grand, except I got stuck being ole’ Diego), and we’re also figuring out what sort of memorable cocktails to serve at our Halloween fetes.

Fortunately, our ancestors have us covered in this regard.  My new book, Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition, lists at least a dozen ghoulish libations from the past, including:

* The Satan’s Whisker’s Cocktail (which comes either “straight” or “curled”)
* The Last Thought Cocktail
* The Corpse Reviver Cocktail
* The Six Feet Under Cocktail
* The Hell Cocktail
* The Old Salem Smash (in case you’re feeling witchy)
* Zombie Punch

… and many more. One of my favorites, the Third Rail Cocktail, has a delectably morbid tenor, so I thought I’d share it with you:

Learn more about these vintage cocktails and many other amusing, mischievous, and occasionally appalling libations in Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition – now available wherever books are sold.

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