I can't let one more Halloween go by without a nod to my youth and one of the most iconic rock bands of the Flower Power generation, The Grateful Dead.
Yes, my fellow Deadheads, below is your passport back to the past, The Perfect Trip - cocktail style - Truckin' in just in time for All Hallows Eve!
THE GRAPEFUL DEAD MOJITO
1-1/2 Oz. Light Rum
Splash Purple Grape Juice
2 Fresh Lime Quarters
4 Oz. Club Soda
Tablespoon Agave Syrup
Fresh Purple Grapes, split in half
12 Leaves Fresh Mint
Small Ice Block to fit glass
Chill your glass in the freezer. Pop the mint in between your palm to release the oils. Muddle the mint, lime quarters and grapes in the bottom of your glass to release grape and lime juice. Add your ice and pour the agave syrup over the ice, add your rum, soda and stir to mix. Top off with the grape juice and garnish with mint sprig, lime twist and a few full grapes. I slid my grapes onto the straw and then popped out the itty bitty grape meat cylinders after inserting each grape.
If you peek closely, you might spy Jerry's skeleton frozen in time in the ice.
(Yes, I froze a nicely cleaned skeleton in the ice block and as the ice slowly melts UP pops Jerry!)
Play Grateful Deads' "Friend of the Devil" - Skeletons from the Closet while you sip!