I’m planning a baby shower for my sister the weekend after Halloween, and even though she can’t imbibe, the rest of us needn’t suffer, right? A cocktail is a must if I’m going to survive drinking who-knows-what out of baby bottles or building diaper cakes. This cocktail seemed genius to me. It’s a pretty color, and it’s easy to make! There’s even a sprig of rosemary to add some class.
But you will be shocked (shocked!) to hear that a cocktail famous for its role in the movie Rosemary’s Baby didn’t go over so well with the mom-to-be. Oh well, I guess we’ll enjoy it Halloween night instead—or my birthday, which is two days before. It’s always fun to have a Halloween-themed party, and this cocktail is perfect.
Rosemary’s Baby Cocktail
The story behind this cocktail is that it appeared in the uber-creepy film Rosemary’s Baby. When the Castevets, the old, weird couple upstairs, have Rosemary and her hubby Guy over for dinner, they’re given a vodka blush to drink. Roman Castevet fills the glasses a bit too much and ends up spilling a little on the floor.
I’m not sure if there’s significance to that scene other than just being ominous. The creepy factor keeps growing until the rather shocking ending. (Don’t worry, I won’t give it away here.)
Vodka Blush Cocktail
The cocktail is pretty simple—it’s mainly vodka. My kind of drink! Then you add a dash of grenadine and some fresh lime juice. Shake it with an ice shaker and strain it into a glass. Use a champagne flute if you have one; that’s how it was served in the movie. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
The drink is super tasty if you can stop thinking about the movie long enough to enjoy it! Do you have a favorite Halloween cocktail? I’ll admit I’m usually too busy on Halloween night OD’ing on my kids’ candy to waste time (or calories) on drinking. But after walking door to door for a few hours, I can be tempted!
Looking for more interesting cocktails to try? You need to keep a few fall cocktail recipes in your back pocket for cooler weather and any upcoming holidays. Mix up a tasty drink to keep warm on weekends, for impromptu get-togethers, and all those holiday functions that are just around the corner.
Here are a few to try:
- Persimmon Spiced Rum Old Fashioned
- Sparkling Fig & Honey Cocktail
- Honey Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail
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Vodka Blush Cocktail
- Cocktail shaker
- 2-1/2 oz vodka
- Dash grenadine
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 sprig rosemary for garnish
- Fill a shaker with ice. Add all ingredients except the rosemary and shake.
- Strain into a champagne glass and garnish with fresh rosemary.
Photos by Ana Stanciu343