* This cocktail classic is a recipe I came up with last year and it has stood the test of time. I still love it. Enjoy!
I have loved the tale of the Headless Horseman and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow since I was a child, and when I moved to the East Coast eleven years ago one of the first places I insisted on visiting was Sleepy Hollow, New York. It has now become an annual trip for us (see my post about the cemetery, in all it's autumn glory, where the Headless Horseman is supposedly buried here). So, when it came time to come up with cocktails for Halloween, I had to come up with a recipe for a Headless Horseman.
I was inspired by Shipyard's Pumpkinhead, a pumpkin ale, brewed in Maine. With that label, how could I not be inspired?
4 oz Shipyard Pumpkinhead (or other pumpkin ale)
4 oz hard cider
2 oz sparkling wine
1 oz grenedine
optional - a shot of bourbon
black sugar for glass rims
Dip the rim of the glass in simple syrup. Then dip in black sugar. Pour all the rest of the ingredients in a glass and stir. The shot of bourbon is optional. I like it both ways. If you're in the mood for a lighter, cider tasting drink forgo the bourbon. For a heavier taste and flavor, drop that bourbon right in!
Happy Halloween and cheers! And remember,"...when you're riding home tonight, make for the bridge with all your might. He'll be down in the hollow there. He's needs your head. Look out! Beware!" (Headless Horseman, Walt Disney's The Adventures of Ichabod)