Wednesday, October 28, 2015

FFFB Blogoween - RedRUM Cocktail

I used to be a reader. I like to think I still am, but the truth is I've read maybe two books this year, and I'm not even sure I've done that many. But as a kid, I was a READER.

If you haven't noticed, I love all things creepy and spooky (Halloween = FAVORITE holiday, hands-down). So it's no surprise I developed an early love of Goosebumps. I devoured them all in a matter of months, collected every book, and waited patiently for each to come out each month. Then, around age 10 or so, I made a shocking discovery.

Goosebumps were fun, but they just weren't scary. And, for whatever reason, I wanted to be scared. Me, the kid who spent the whole Girl Scout Haunted Hayride trip in my troop leader's lap. Who would get scared at the PICTURES ON THE VHS TAPES in the Horror section of Blockbuster. I wanted scary.

I complained to my Dad, and his response was to hand me The Shining. At ten years old. (I guess he was forgetting King's penchant for awkward sex scenes? yikes...)

Anyway, I DEVOURED this book. I loved it. It's one of the few books I've read multiple times. A year later, he let me rent the movie during a sleepover. I loved it, all of it. It was creepy and captivating and a true work of horror. It began my long-held love of Stephen King that continues to this day. I agree that the book and movie are very different works, and that the book is worlds better, OBVIOUSLY, but both are solid in their own right.

So when the Fuckin Fab Food Bloggers decided to do a Halloweeny post based on a horror movie, I knew exactly what I was going to pick. And under the suggestion of another FFFB member, I decided to make a RedRum cocktail.

Based on my childhood favorite, a Shirley Temple, with a spicy kick. Something dark, something innocent, it works thematically.

Check out the other FFFBs' Halloweeny Recipes!
Evil Dead Velvet Pecan Pie from NY Foodgasm
Ghost with the Most Roasted Sweet Potato Ravioli from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
The Power of Christ Compels Soup from Nomageddon
Reanimation Reagent Rum Jello Shots from Bread Booze Bacon

RedRUM Cocktail

  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz grenedine
  • 1/4 oz lime juice
  • 2 cocktail cherries

-In a cocktail glass (martini preferred) pour in the grenedine and then the rum, being careful not to disturb the grenedine.

-In a cocktail shaker, shake together the remaining ingredients. Carefully pour on top of the rum.

-With a small spoon, spoon more grenedine around the edge of the glass for a bloody effect. Garnish with cherries.


  1. Ashleys (Ashlies?) and Halloween. It's a match made in... well you know where I'm going with this. LOVE this cocktail - the bloody bits around the rim and the background are awesome. And the cherries look like bits of gore and I just LOVE this! And I've never read the shining (obviously I've seen the movie), so I'm adding it to my list to check out ASAP!

  2. a tasty tribute to a great movie! I read the book a few years ago, after I'd seen the movie (I started watching scary movies LATE in life!). we are staying in with the dachshund for Halloween this year, and I just might make these cocktails! CHEERS

  3. This is brilliant, I love a creepy cocktail. Love the inspiration for this one, Stephen King rocks my world.

  4. I love your theming! Reminds me of the Doctor Who recipe event I've done a couple of times.

  5. I love that you have married the innocence of something like a Shirley Temple with a devilish blend of rum. So fun! And as for the scary movies, you can keep them. I'm a big fraidy cat! LOL

  6. I love this drink...can't do the movie, but could drink this cocktail by the gallons.