Thursday, October 14, 2010

Red Witch

To the locals here in Salem, the month of October means traffic, tourists and Haunted Happenings. In fact, last week's Greatest Drink in the World... This Week was preempted for the Haunted Happenings Grand Parade!
So this week, to make up for that, (and to coat-tail Salem's notoriety for the Hallowe'en season,) we present a really different and delicious offering that was universally embraced by everyone who tried it, "The Red Witch."

The Recipe:
Into a tall glass of ice, add:

- A 3-count of Absynthe,
- A generous sploosh of Ribena Blackcurrant,
- Top off with hard cider,

- Garnish with a wedge of orange, (or, even better, a slice of apple!)

Kerry's Notes: I have to just start off by saying how much I loved that drink. I am now a big fan of cider thanks to Joe. I may even be so bold as to say I like it better than beer. Shocking! I know. But it just tastes like fall and has a sweet finish to every sip.

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."


Joe's Notes: Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav'n. -Milton

The floodgates of Hell have opened onto the historic streets of Salem, spilling out an assortment of ghouls and monsters.The bars and restaurants are awash with middle-aged Harry Potters and the entire cast of the Twilight series, to name but a few of the costumed revelers.
The Passage floats aloft, remaining a bastion of refinement and taste, as I take my position at the helm of the bar mixing my concoctions for your pleasure.

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.


After scouring through YouTube for the perfect video for this week, (and dismissing Lady GaGa's "Salem Witch" as just TOO freaky,) I found this: German band, The Rattles from 1970 with their big hit, "The Witch."


  1. I love this write up. The Red Witch should be drunk and feared at the same time. Excellent Popups!

  2. "Great post, very useful for a beginner like me"

  3. Thanks for the feedback!
    Always nice to hear from readers/drinkers!