The party cocktail “Vampire’s kiss” is popular in the Halloween season. It is usually included in the recipes that dripping blood is used, and this vampire’s kiss is no different. In addition, it is a delicious cocktail you can mix up at any time of the year and is one of the hardest cocktail to reserve for an occasion. With blood orange vodka and melon liqueur, it’s reminiscent of a pia colada (sans the coconut), and pineapple juice and cream bring out its signature green hue. As a result, grenadine is used to add some “blood” to the drink.
There are a few subtle differences between citrus vodkas that can make this cocktail work, though they all work. Replace the flavored vodka with plain vodka. The coconut flavor is an excellent choice for this recipe, but you could also use some berries. If you’d like to enjoy vodka unflavored, you can opt for a clear vodka with no flavorings. Rum is another good choice and you can find it both flavored with citrus fruits and unflavored. If you prefer to use a cream liqueur, use RumChata instead of Irish cream. Since it has a more neutral base and color, it makes a better substitute for the cream used in the recipe.
Blood dripping only lasts for a short period of time. The grenadine will sink to the bottom within a few minutes (similar to the sunrise of tequila). So that your guests can experience this before it’s over, be sure to do this in front of them. Do not stir it if you don’t want it to become a brownish color; it could taste ok but be unpleasant to look at. As pineapple juice shakes, it creates a foam on top of the cocktail, and the cream will add to this foam. Once this settles, things will be back to normal. If you drizzle the grenadine over it, you’ll achieve the look of “bloody snow”. Milk, half and half, or regular cream are all acceptable. In terms of weight, milk is light, while the cream is heavy.