Vampire’s Kiss

Food and Wine Magazine published this great feature (October 2012) on a Halloween party thrown by actor Neil Patrick Harris. If you can find the black lava salt it completes this ghoulish cocktail.

Size: makes 8 drinks

Kosher salt (or black lava salt... at
Lime wedges
1 1/2 cups silver tequila
1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
1 cup pomegranate syrup* (you will need unsweetened pomegranate juice, sugar and water)
24 dashes of orange bitters


Spread salt in a shallow dish. Run a lime wedge around the rims of chilled cocktail glasses, then dip the rims in the salt to coat.

In an ice-filled pitcher, combine the tequila, lime juice, pomegranate syrup and bitters. Stir well. Strain into the cocktail glasses.

* To make pomegranate syrup, whisk together 3/4 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice with 3/4 cup sugar until the sugar is dissolved; you should have 1 1/2 cups.

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Author: Emily Sarah Downs

Cuisine Coordinator, Tips From Town, Ridgewood, NJ