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DEM BONES, DEM BONES Chocolate Wine & Vodka Mocha Shake Cocktail for Halloween

Crystal Head Vodka. Just perfect for Halloween. Perfect anytime, but Halloween is seriously skull bottle and vodka friendly.

I get into the skeletal spirit again this year, but while everyone else is zigging with the typical bloody tomato juice vodka drink, I decided to zag that seven times distilled Crystal Head Vodka into a coffee and chocolate wine frozen libation. The beautiful skull bottle and that Herkimer diamond filtered vodka deserve a little zing, plus those poor bones in the graveyard need a little wake-me-up to get rattling along.

"Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk around."
~ James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938)


Oh,
DEM BONES, DEM BONES
Chocolate Wine & Vodka Mocha Shake for Halloween

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Crystal Head Vodka
1-1/2 Oz. Chocovine Chocolate Wine, Original
1 Oz. Half & Half
1 Tsp. Instant Espresso Powder
1 Tablespoon Turbinado Rich Simple Syrup*
2 Drops Scrappy's Chocolate Bitters
2 Drops Angostura Orange Bitters
4 Regular Ice Cubes
5 Coffee Ice Cubes

Garnish: Dusting of Crushed Cacao Nibs, Black and White Straw and Assorted Skeleton/Halloween Geegaws

Tools: Blender

Glass: Miniature Milk Bottle, Chilled
(Rocks Glass would work too.) 

DIRECTIONS
Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Pulse to make sure all ice cubes have been crushed.
Pour into the chilled milk bottle,  garnish and serve.

* TURBINADO RICH SIMPLE SYRUP
(Rich simple syrup is 2 parts sugar to 1 part water as opposed to basic simple syrup which is a 1:1 ratio.)
Heat 2 parts Turbinado Sugar and 1 part water on medium just until the sugar has dissolved. Cool and refrigerate for up to 3 months. Add a tablespoon of Crystal Head and that simple syrup can last up to 6 months or longer!

An added benefit of doing this cocktail was I finally found a way to incorporate Chocovine in a mixed drink AND got to name a Halloween cocktail after the great gospel song "Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones" made popular by The Delta Rhythm Boys.


   

PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY

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