Between The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina from Archie, Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s Black Magick, Marvel’s Scarlet Witch, and a wealth of other witch comics, I couldn’t really choose just one inspiration for this month’s Drink Your Comics. Instead, I opted for a broad interpretation for October, the month of Halloween: the four elements.
Up first is Earth. Earth is associated with the material. We went with a Manhattan, because what booze lover doesn’t enjoy sitting in a fancy joint, sipping on a Manhattan, even if that fancy joint is your own apartment? Be warned, this is potent one!
- 1/2 of a pear, chopped
- 3 oz. sweet vermouth
- 3/4 oz. Grand Marnier
- Splash of orange bitters
- 6 oz. bourbon (Right now, my partner and I are really into Prohibition 1920 from North Texas Distillers. It’s an affordable and tasty bourbon that is perfect for mixing.)
Muddle the ingredients in a cocktail mixer. Let sit for about 10 minutes or so to let the flavors mingle. When ready, strain into tumblers, and serve with a sliced pear on the side.
Apple-Pear Hot Toddy
Representing Fire, we bring you a warming apple toddy, perfect for those swiftly approaching cold nights.
- 2 c. pressed apple juice (not from concentrate)
- 1/2 tbsp. butter
- 1/2 tsp. allspice
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, ground
- 1/2 tsp. cloves, ground
- 1/8 c. of orange juice
- 1/4 of a fresh pear (We used a Bartlett pear.)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Dash of salt
Prepare the apple juice mixture by combining all of the ingredients, with the exception of the bourbon, in a pot and simmering until the butter is completely melted and the mixture is thoroughly combined. Once done, combine 1 ounce of bourbon with 3 ounces of mixture in glass of choice.
For Air, we went with a gin fizz, and this may be my favorite of all! Fizzes involve egg whites, which end up on top of the glass like a little cloud, hence the air association.
- 3 oz. blueberry juice (We made ours from scratch, which made for a thicker cocktail with bits of blueberry in it!)
- 3 oz. gin (We are really into Waterloo from a distillery in Austin, Texas.)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3/4 oz. agave nectar
- 1 egg white
Combine ingredients in cocktail mixer and shake vigorously. When done, add some cubes of ice and shake some more. Using strainer, divide between two cocktail glasses until about 3/4 full. Remove strainer, and top each glass with the remaining fluff (the egg white cloud).
Herby Moscow Mule
Finally, for water, we bring you these crystal clear and refreshing variations on a Moscow mule, with some sprucing from the witch’s garden.
- Fresh sage, about 5 smallish leaves
- Fresh basil, about 4 leaves
- 4 1/2 oz. vodka (We recently tried 3 Howls, because it seemed appropriate for the season.)
- Ginger beer
Combine first three ingredients in cocktail mixer and stir. Divide between two tumblers. Top off with ginger beer.
Now go hang out with your familiar, grab a witchy comic, and curl up with said familiar and a cocktail!