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Hurricane Minnie

Posted in Classic Cocktails, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2016 by cocktailvultures

Hurricane Minnie

minnie TYPEWe all love a drink with a history and an extra kick and it helps if it has something “witchy”  This drink was named after Minnie Castevet from one of our favorite movies, Rosemary’s Baby, and the inspiration for one of or more popular drinks, the Vodka Blush. Like her namesake the Hurricane Minnie is a pushy powerful drink that will leave you knocked out and wondering “ This is real, this is really happening”

  1. 1 oz dark rum
  2. 1 0z light rum
  3. .25 oz 151 rum
  4. .50 oz Strega
  5. 0 oz passion fruit syrup
  6. .50 lemon juice

Shake with ice and serve over ice in a hurricane glass

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Burn Witch Burn

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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This drink is challenging. But so was being tied to a stake and set on fire. As a wise man (who loved witches) once said, you have to take the bitter with the sour.

We chose a smoky Scotch and the dark, metallic flavors of blackstrap molasses to bring back those old times in Salem. Of course, no homage to witchcraft would be complete without the herbal fragrance of Strega and a nod to the Green Fairy. Sip this one carefully.

To an iced shaker, add:

1 ounce Islay Scotch
1/2 ounce blackstrap molasses
1/2 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce Strega

Shake vigorously to break up and incorporate that molasses. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with a few drops of absinthe — it should spread out on the surface of the drink and form a halo.

Always drink responsibly; always drink well.

Inspired by a few things, including last weeks episode of “American Horror Stories : Coven”.

…and the name comes from a classic horror film we just love:

The Hudson Witch, a Strega based cocktail

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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Strega, that sweet, herbal liqueur from Italy, was an under-utilized ingredient until the Cocktail Vultures came along. We enjoy it not only for its witchy name and origins, but for the breath of spring meadows it lends to a drink, without the bitterness of other aperitifs and amaros. This is one of the first recipes the Cocktail Vultures concocted together, and so we gave it the name of the mighty river near our homes. It was a hit at a local charity event here in Poughkeepsie, and cast its spell over a hundred costumed revelers.

To an iced shaker, add:

2 ounces bourbon
3/4 ounce Strega
3/4 ounce lime juice
1-2 dashes bitters — we prefer aged, whisky-flavored varieties

Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with some maraschino cherries speared on a contorted twig from a spooky hollow, or just a nice plastic sword pic.

Bruja-rita Rosa

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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What’s better than a fresh Margarita on a broom? A witch’s broom, thanks to the magical liqueur from Italy.  Strega brings a whisper of herbal mystery to the balance of this drink, which we’ve sweetened a bit with syrup made from any fresh red fruit.

That’s right — the Cocktail Vultures care most about what tastes good. Sometimes strawberries are better than raspberries, and sometimes neither is available — then it’s perfectly fine to make this tasty drink with a homemade grenadine. You can even grab a bag of frozen berries; just make sure they haven’t been sitting in the freezer all winter.

This time around, we used those strawberries that are so famously in season in June.  We encourage you to make this as a batch drink; it’s great for a barbecue or pool party.

To a blender, add:

2 ounces Reposado Tequila
1 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce Strega
1 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
2 ounces fresh fruit syrup
A couple of ice cubes

Blend for 10 seconds, and pour into a wine or rocks glass filled with finely-crushed ice.

You can quadruple the recipe and just get it into a blender so cover tightly and give it a whirl.  Salt the rims of the glasses if you like, add a straw and enjoy the best of the Summer.

Mad Monster Cocktail Party

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, The Vulture's Library with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2012 by cocktailvultures

A wonderful collection of lounged up Monster themed tracks to get your Halloween party in the perfect mood for  some Spooky Cocktails or to raise the Spirits either bottled or buried.

Brought to you by one of the Inner Circle of the Cocktail Vulture Squadron, Jimmy Psycho !










Track Listing for “Mad Monster Cocktail Party”:


  1. 1.“Grim, Grinning Ghosts a.k.a. “Disney Haunted Mansion Theme (w/ Psycho Charger)
  2. 2.The Munster’s Theme
  3. 3.Tubular Bells (Theme from “The Exorcist”)
  4. 4.That Old Black Magic
  5. 5.Halloween Theme
  6. 6.The from Dark Shadows
  7. 7. Jezebel
  8. 8. Beetlejuice
  9. 9. Psycho Suite
  10. 10. Old Devil Moon
  11. 11. Scooby Doo, Where are You?
  12. 12. Phantasm Main Theme
  13. 13. Rock, Water, Wind (Blair Witch Project)


The Bela Lugosi Cocktail

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, Drink It Like a Man, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2012 by cocktailvultures

The Bela Lugosi Cocktail

Before Bela Lugosi played the immortal Count on the screen, forever identifying himself with vampires and inspiring a Goth anthem, he was a hard-working stage actor and an ambitious immigrant. In his native Hungary, he was an army captain, and won a medal for bravery at the Russian front. But later as a union organizer for actors, he wound up with a price on his head, despite his valiant service to his country. So Bela worked his way to these shores on a merchant ship, and then as a day laborer until he began securing stage roles and finally making it to Broadway. It was there that he crystallized the role of Dracula as we know him.

Modern audiences are somewhat amused by the oily, overly-formal performance of Lugosi as Dracula. But putting his dark eyes, deep voice and courtly manners beside the bright-haired boys America was going to see at the time, you start to get the picture. On stage, Lugosi had an electrifying presence: he was tall, with a body toned from hard work, and when he swirled that cape around his shoulders, the ladies must have been… hypnotized.

We’re sure there are lots of Dracula cocktails out there, but we wanted to create one that paid tribute to the striving actor at the beginning of his success, a two-fisted, yet elegant concoction he might swig as he came off the stage. It’s smooth, yet looks mysterious, and tastes of yesterday, silver trays, silken scarves and the lights of Broadway. The color of misty moonlight, a final addition of Port hints at the destiny about to unfold from this one immortal role.

To a shaker filled with ice, add:

1.5 ounces Slivovitz
.5 ounce Maraschino liqueur
.5 ounce Strega
.5 ounce water
Dash absinthe

Shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Carefully add a quarter ounce of ruby Port to the center of the drink. Squeeze and flame a lemon peel over the glass and drop it in.

Perhaps he never DID drink… wine.

Always drink responsibly — always drink well.

The “CALL OF CTHULHU” Cocktail

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, Drink It Like a Man, Meet the Vulture Squadron, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by cocktailvultures

Call of Cthulhu: A Cocktail

By Peggy Nadramia and Joe Netherworld

Since the beginning of our association in the Cocktail Lab, we have discussed our mutual desire to create a libation evoking the essence of the slumbering horror that is Cthulhu, the cosmic Old One first brought to the consciousness of man by New England author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft. But it couldn’t happen until the stars were right, and we had received the Elder Sign. The time has come.

The Cocktail Vultures have been pleasing your palate for awhile now, but all is not fun and games here at the Lab. Last night we were possessed with an irresistible frenzy to mix, to mix well, and to taste a drink both powerful and beguiling. We have found it.

The short story “Call of Cthulhu” first appeared in 1928, in an issue of Weird Tales, the pulp magazine familiar to every reader of horror fiction. This was a time when Westerners were just beginning to be exposed to the exoticism and sensuality of life in the tropical seas, and also to the barbarity of the pagan cultures found there. We based the drink on the tropical grogs of those climes, with plenty of fresh citrus and three kinds of decadent rum. Its structure is also a nod to Don the Beachcomber’s original Zombie, a name that conjures visions of helpless humans trapped in a spell of forgetfulness and servitude. The maraschino liqueur adds a whiff of dusty forbidden tomes. To facilitate disturbing dreams, we included Strega, the ultimate Witch liqueur from a site in Italy originally known as Malevento – the place of evil events. The blue Curacao is essential; do not even consider replacing it or the gods may be disturbed and awakened prematurely; when you look at the finished result of our mixology, you’ll understand why you must adhere to the recipe. Finally, we had to add the Madness From the Sea, and so a sprinkling of brine is called for in the presentation of the drink.

Be careful; we recommend one cocktail per guest. One doesn’t summon Cthulhu lightly, and one treats him with respect, or pays the price. Heed this warning, and always drink, and call to the Elder Gods, responsibly.

To a blender, add:

1 ounce Kraken rum (some scholars believe H. P. Lovecraft was inspired by Tennyson’s poem of the same name)

1 ounce gold rum (we used Appleton Special Jamaican Rum)

1 ounce Lemon Hart 151 Demerara Rum

¼ ounce falernum

½ ounce Maraschino liqueur

½ ounce blue Curacao

¾ ounce lime juice

¾ ounce grapefruit juice

¾ ounce orange juice (all our citrus is freshly-squeezed)

¾ ounce pineapple juice

2 dashes aromatic bitters (we used Bitter Truth)

1/8 teaspoon Strega liqueur

1 cup crushed ice

Blend for 5 seconds. Pour unstrained into a mug or chimney glass, to which you have added more crushed ice. Sprinkle the surface of the cocktail with approximately ½ teaspoon of brine (recipe to follow).

Brine: in a small mixing glass, combine 2 ounces of vodka with ¼ teaspoon of sea salt, stirring until salt is dissolved. May be transferred to a dasher bottle or eyedropper.

Garnish with a slice of star fruit and tentacles carved from lime shell.

Ignore that faint chanting you think you hear; we’re sure those are not the strains of pagan music beginning to grow louder. Sip, as your mind begins to be swayed by the great god Cthulhu, who is rumored to whisper in his sleep…

P.S. (from Joe Netherworld): I can hold my booze alongside the great drunks of our age, but I have to say this potion is a challenge to my imbibing abilities! It will lay you low and leave you babbling incoherently in the darkness

Strega and The Golden Witch

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , on February 11, 2012 by cocktailvultures

Foreword by Joe Netherworld : Strega, that strange sweet herbal liqueur, has been a tradition in my household for two major reasons: 1) my family on one side hails from Benevento, formerly Malevento, Italy, and 2) it’s named after a Witch.

Back in post-Roman days and up until the later 1700’s, Benevento was called Malevento because it referred to the fact that it was a “bad journey” to go there, a place known to be populated by Gypsies and Witches and – gasp! – Gypsy Witches!!!!! Every village had its own herbal remedy or liqueur much like the origin of Absinthe in Switzerland….. Most famous of these and the only one to retain a commercial distillation is Liquore Strega. If you want a description of its flavor it is very hard to pinpoint, but it evokes a bright warm sunny day on the hillsides of Southern Italy. It’s a unique flavor, one that stands out in most mixed drinks it is in and a hard match at times, but once you get a taste for it you will always try to consider yet another use for it.

The Golden Witch

text by Peggy Nadramia

In a cocktail world where herbal liqueurs of a bitter and challenging nature are constantly in use, we turned with hope in our hearts to an Italian herbal that is often overlooked: Strega, the golden taste of an Italian Spring that trips lightly on the tongue. She is happy to dance with other spirits but here she is on her own in a pagan revelry that includes that eternal symbol of fertility and the Solstice: the egg.

The Golden Witch

To an ice-filled shaker, add:

2 ounces Strega

1/2 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice

1 fresh, whole egg

Shake vigorously; dance around your kitchen in an eldritch and unfettered manner. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a broom of fresh rosemary. Prepare this by stripping half a sprig of its leaves, leaving enough to produce a broom-like appearance.

Now, if it is Walpurgisnacht:

Sweep your broom three times around the surface of your drink — Widdershins, of course — and make your toast, or your Pact, to the coming season.

(This will actually improve the flavor so do it even if it isn’t Walpurgisnacht and you don’t care about the season.)