A Creepy Cocktail for Halloween: Fresh Beet Gin Fizz

We love beets! Beets taste of the soil in which they were grown and they are our icon, our mascot. Beets were also a major staple in the kitchen when the three of us starting cooking and working together – so we are and always will be fond of beets.

Our writing often focuses on seasonality and this beet-based cocktail is certainly one that will fit the bill for this immediate season – Halloween night.

You can happily greet trick-or-treaters at the door with a little extra warmth in your belly and bounce in your step. The blood-red colour of this drink is a result of using fresh beet puree, which would make a great accompaniment to a vampire costume. Come to think of it, pairing drinks with costumes is also a great strategy for a Halloween party!

Need a quick dinner idea this All Hallow’s Eve? Imagine how festive your Halloween table would be with our Stuffed Pumpkin at the center and a pitcher of Beet Gin Fizzes for your guests!

Of course, you can also make this drink without the booze and, voila, you have the Beet Chiller, a healthy and spooky libation… perfect for the kids. (Serve in a creepy cup for extra effect!)

Happy Drinking (and Halloween!)

-Jonathan Duffy Davis

Beet Cocktail Pic
Blood red beet puree makes this drink a stunning Halloween treat!

Fresh Beet Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients 

1 serving

2 ounces beet puree (recipe below)

1.5 ounces gin

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Soda water to taste/to fill glass – approximately 3-4 ounces

Ice cubes

Finely grated lemon zest for garnish

Method

Combine beet puree, gin, honey, lemon juice, and a few small cubes of ice in a cocktail shaker-glass

Stir mixture until honey is dissolved and cocktail is sufficiently chilled

Add 2 – 3 ice cubes to an 8-ounce old-fashioned/lowball cocktail glass

Strain cocktail into glass and add enough soda water to fill

Garnish with finely grated lemon zest

 Beet Puree Recipe 

 Ingredients

2 medium sized beets – about 0.5 lb

1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar

¼ cup of water

Method

Begin to boil water in a vegetable steamer or similar apparatus

Wash and peel beets and dice them into ½” cubes

Place diced beets in a vegetable steamer and steam until tender – approximately 10 – 15 minutes

Move beets from steamer to blender and add honey/agave nectar and water

Blend until you can’t blend no more

Strain beet puree through a fine-mesh sieve

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