Friday, 18 October 2013

The Blood Rose!

Halloween is only two weeks away and tonight's full moon is at it's fullest this month! There's no better time to pull out the old cocktail cauldron to fix up a sinister and chic brew to celebrate the Gothic month of October.

Regular followers may remember our legendary Halloween cocktail parties. Last years theme had an altogether British flavour, whilst this year we cross the channel for something 'Frightfully French!'

We were initially inspired by the blood red Prince Camille de Rohan roses we grow here at Magical Manor and the super delicious Elderflower liqueur 'St Germain' which is one of the staple favourites in our cocktail cabinet and blends perfectly well with champagne.

Toiling over many variations this week, we conjured and meddled with the spirits, eventually creating our libation of choice for Halloween 2013.

So as the moon illuminates the October skies, I invite you to raise your glasses high and toast the arrival of..........The Blood Rose!


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How to make The Blood Rose Cocktail

2 fl. oz St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 fl. oz Monin Rose Syrup
1 fl. oz Freshly squished Pomegranate Juice
Champagne or Prosecco

Into a shaker, add ice, the St Germain liqueur, Rose syrup and Pomegranate juice, shake and strain into a pair of elegant champagne coupes. Top up with Champagne or Prosecco and garnish with a freshly cut thorny rose stem.

Beware the Blood Rose my fiends,
much like the Jabberwocky,
it has thorns that bite
 and claws that catch!

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Happy Halloween.


 

38 comments:

  1. MWWWWAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH! Oh mon dieu, c'est affreux! The only remedy is to down a cocktail nice a quick and be done with it! Go to sleep and ward off the boo hour! How delightful dear Paul! Have a lovely evening and yes, that moon this early morning was STUNNING!

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  2. Oooh, I love St. Germian's elderflower liqueur - will definitely have Mr. H make this for me this weekend!
    All best,
    Phyllis

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    1. I love that Mr H makes your cocktails for you Phyllis. Enjoy. :)

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  3. Yummy, one glass for me please. Then maybe another glass again till it is Halloween.

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  4. How devilish, I'lll have a skull full please.

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  5. Paul, Wish I could fly over on my broom to Magical Manor and throw one back with you! Seriously, this looks fab and I adore elderflower anything. It's quite hard to find here though. It's truly an English thing, but I will hunt this down. I love your styling with the thorny stem! So frightfully cool.
    Have a lovely weekend!
    xxKim

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    1. I am pretty sure you will find St Germain in your neck of the woods Kim. I think you'll love it. The idea for the cocktail all started in the garden when one of the thorny rose leader starting overhanging where we were having lunch, you've got to beware as you drink though because they do bite:)

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    2. I love that! Well, this is just so cool I shared on my blog today and linked to you. Hope you don't mind. I used the picture of it, as they have to see what an evil genius you are!

      Happy Halloween! xxKim

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    3. Send them my way, there's plenty for everyone:) you may use any images you like Kim. X

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  6. When I was in Italy, Paul, one of things I missed was the moon... and the stars. In Italy, people are so busy living, they forget to look at the moon and, if you live in a city, the lights obscure the starry sky.

    I often thought of that gap in my bedroom curtains and of the beautiful full moon which woke me up, so many times. How I missed the moon, my friend and companion, when I find myself all alone.

    There's nothing like a full moon, the sound of an owl, outside, a forest at the back of your house, to send a shiver down your spine, especially when you don't have a guard dog, but only a six week old kitten! Or... when it's Halloween! It does scare me a bit!

    I love your post, I love the cocktail, but, most of all Iove to see Madame, dressed in burgundy velvet, as she shares a cocktail with her friends.

    There she is... a slight breeze runs through the gold brochade and velvet curtains, as the aspidistra leaves dance with the white lilies. It's a special night... Madame is so beautiful: blood red lips, corset and pearls, lace and silk. Everyone is here, smoking and drinking red "amber" from tall flutes.

    Madame stands up and walks away, followed by a crowd...the lilies turn round to look at her. Her dress is beautiful: a glove of velvet with a long train... the scent of her expensive perfume surrounds her beautiful body. She dances, a glass in her hand, smiling as she drinks "Blood Rose"

    Everyone is here, tonight: Madame and her friends will drink and dance through the night... velvet, pearls, lace, silk and burgundy velvet...

    Sorry, Paul! That Blood Roses went to my head! But it was nice!

    HUGS

    ANNA
    xx

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    1. Anna, I am not surprised that you seem to know Madame so very well! I have a very special friend who lives a mere skip from the flying buttresses and gargoyles of Notre Dame who would absolutely adore the fact that you 'get' Madame!
      I think we may lucky enough to get a few more sightings of the legendary creature over on Instagram before Halloween night is upon us !
      xx

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  7. I would love this cocktail, think I need to add the St Gerrmain Elderflowerto to our bar. Pretty bottle too. Anna, above, has an awesome imagination. Love her comment. Beautiful styling of your photographs, Paul!

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    1. St Germain is a must for your bar Cindy, its also a wonderful addition to summery drinks! Thank you, I am so glad you like the photos, I love Vanitas still life and am pretty pleased with the way they turned out this year. Our Anna does have the most marvellous imagination, she has a library of thousands of books so I'm not surprised!X

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  8. Pail this cocktail is perfect for Halloween! I LOVE a good cocktail or a glass of champagne. I cannot wait to hear more about your party, is this a costume fete? What will you be if it is? And what will you serve?

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Elizabeth

    PS. Love all of your Facebook posts, beautiful to look at.

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    1. I hope you give it a try Elizabeth, I think you'll love it. I am still pondering my Halloween outfit, it will be very simple though! So glad you are enjoying the Facebook posts, we are having lots of fun:) Have a lovely weekend.

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  9. Oh Paul, that sounds alluringly delicious! First I thought: how good that I just learned Yotam Ottolenghi's trick to get pomgrenades out of their 'shell' - but now I see: you use sirup - nice! - then we can make another drink in a moment. Your cocktail sounds so well that I will also pass the recipe on to Son in Munich!

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    1. It is very tasty Britta, you could liken it to a very rich, floral Kir Royale. The only syrup we use is the rose.Ordinarily I would have liked to use homemade rose water, I might make my own for Halloween week. All the pomegranates are fresh squeezed but I must see if Ottolenghi has another trick for extracting the juice as it is quite a messy affair. I hope Son enjoys it, you'll have to let me know. :)

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    2. I will - and as a rose afficionado I will enjoy it too (have to find a good rose sirup here) - the few rose blossoms on my balcony shall last to brighten up the cooler days - though, when I still had my garden, I made potpourri after the original recipe of Gertrude Jekyll - though not in her abundant masses :-)

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  10. Halloween requires some romantic magic and your cocktails sounds as if it fits the bill. A nice touch with the elderflower, but I cannot imagine how you get juice from a pomegranate - another bit of Paul's magic!!!

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    1. Naturally, I am elated that you asked Rosemary. Its a messy affair but I cut the fruit horizontally and whack the back of the shell with a wooden spoon over a bowl to release the seeds. Remove any bitter, pithy, membrane that falls into your bowl.
      Then I used an odd linen napkin that doesn't match any others that we have. Placing it over a fresh bowl I transferred all the excess liquid and seeds into it. Then gather up the corners and wring the juice out.
      I then keep the juice in the fridge until needed. Then of course you need to wash your sticky hands and remember not to put the napkin in with your white wash!

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  11. Hello I am a new follower. great post, I'll be back
    yvonne

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    1. Hey Yvonne, welcome! Thanks for dropping in to say Hi. :)

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  12. Sounds absolutely delicious Paul......definitely one for us to try here at home! Happy Halloween and have a great week.

    Sophia x

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  13. OMG Paul, I'm a bit late for the full moon tasting, but I will sure give this a try on All Hallows' Eve! I have everything in my cupboard except the Monin, but that's readily available. Genius concoction that yells out to this pagan heart. I will be seen howling at the moon whooooooooooo!
    Di
    xoxo

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  14. This sounds wonderful! Do we have to wait for Halloween!??!!

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    1. Practice runs of Halloween cocktail making are a must and are always allowed well before the 31st October Cindy!
      Mix away, to your hearts content:)

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  15. Oh my-- anything made with pomegranate juice calls my name:)
    Bring it on!

    Xoxo
    Vicki

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    1. I'm sure you'd love it Vicki, it's very moreish too!

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  16. “From his soft fur, golden and brown,
    Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
    I might have been embalmed in it
    By giving him one little pet.

    He is my household's hairy wreath;
    He judges, he presides, inspires
    All matters in his royal realm;
    Might he be fairy? or a god?

    When my eyes, to this hairy wreath I love
    Drawn as by a magnet's force,
    Turn tamely back upon that appeal,
    And when I look within myself,

    I notice with astonishment
    The fire of its hairy maine,
    Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
    Taking my measure, steadily.”
    ― Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal

    Adapted by Anna GOOD, EH? x

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