Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Liquid Kitchen® Presents: The Blood Sucker

Halloween is not just for kids! It’s a chance for adults to indulge in the latest spooky trends and poke fun at pop-culture too. We’re splurging on the best costumes, the biggest parties, and the scariest of haunted houses….all for that #instagramable experience! You won’t be judged for dressing up as your favorite geeky TV character, eating candy for dinner, or staying up way past your bedtime because you’ve got plenty of company. Even your cocktails can be dressed up for the occasion. Each week in October, I will be posting a Halloween-themed cocktail to get you ready for the big night.

From the Liquid Kitchen: The Blood Sucker is the perfect cocktail to get in the spirit. Garnish the drink with some handy accessories like vampire fangs for those guests that are too cool to come in full ghoulish garb. They’re perfect for a quick costume fix. Try using wax lips, fake teeth, and more.

Blood Sucker (makes 1 cocktail)

  • 1½  ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce blood orange juice or 1/2 ounce blood orange syrup
  • 1½   ounces Fresh Lemon Elixir (recipe follows)
  • ¾  ounce red wine – FLOAT
  • plastic fangs hanging on the side of glass

Measure vodka, blood orange, and Fresh Lemon Elixir into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, cap, and shake vigorously. Pour into a tall glass, adding more ice if necessary. Float red wine. Garnish.

Fresh Lemon Elixir

  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups simple syrup

Combine ingredients in a pitcher and stir. Store refrigerated for up to 7 days.


Kathy Casey is a chef, mixologist, and is known as the Original Bar Chef. Her newest book is D’Llish Deviled Eggs, which is a great accompaniment to any cocktail. Follow Kathy Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For more great cocktail recipes, visit



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