The thing about the Red Witch that struck me was the immediate memory of my favorite childhood witch from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Though I was a bit afraid of the dwarfs, too, the Witch Queen was absolutely terrifying since you know in advance she is a murderer. A talented and evil assasin that kills with produce is horrific even by adult standards.
Just as a side note... As Chris will confirm, I was the world's biggest fraidy cat & the "town crier" too. I was a sensitive child, what can I say?
However, I just keep thinking about the main ingredient of hard apple cider in the Red Witch. I feel we have to give it the credit it is due. And if Joe changes this recipe to create one of his "alternate versions," I am nominating a new name for this week's Greatest Drink...
"The Poisoned Apple."
Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire, burn; and caldron, bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and howlet's wing,--
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.