The Wednesday Tipple – Satan’s Whiskers, roasted pumpkin seeds and a lot of dogs in costumes

Satans whiskers Halloween cocktail illustration for halloween recipes

It was a fancy dress parade for dogs. In Tompkins Square park.

Fancy dress dog from halloween dog parade in Tomkins square park for recip

Upwards of 500 dogs, expressions of their owners’ creativity and flair, long stultified by gray office jobs, and now released on the world in Technicolor. Also one dog whose owner was drawing on eyebrows with a pencil to make it look “more like Zsa Zsa Gabor”.

We watched as dogs were led up on stage with varying degrees of obedience and sheepishness; “Here’s Ashley and her dog Poppy. And Poppy’s come as a shark!” * clapping *  “And here’s Doug with Misty. Misty has come as a Wall Street Protester!” *clapping*. Fancy dress dog from Halloween dog parade in Tomkins square park for recipJon and I agreed. This is probably what it felt like just before the fall of Rome.  We gotta enjoy it while we can.

So we bought ourselves hot apple cider and sat on a bench next to a woman whose dog was “a model. Because she’s so cute. She’sdone dog food, and she was in Gossip Girl this one time. She’s a pro.” This proved to be the case when a photographer with a giant press pass slung around his neck approached. “She’ll pose for you. Are you ready for this? Pose!” Amazingly, the dog did.

Fancy dress dog from halloween dog parade in Tomkins square parkThere was a dog dressed a skunk, and one dressed rather convincingly as an Ewok.

Dinosaur Dogs for halloween cocktail recipe

Dinosaurs were big this year.

Some dogs embraced the occasion with joy. Other dogs, not so much.

The spirit of Halloween was in our hearts. And moments later, in our glasses.

Pumpkins in a line for halloween cocktail recipes

Satan’s Whiskers 

This is one of those vintage cocktails that make you feel very sophisticatedly Mad Men when you drink it. It’s been around since the 1920s, first published in Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930, and there are two versions, one using Orange Curaco, which is a Satan’s Whiskers “curled”, and this version, using Grand Marnier, which is “straight”.

It’s the kind of proper, serious cocktail that ought to be drunk around a fire, listening to someone read ghost stories aloud. Or, alternatively, after watching a dog costume parade. Either or.

Fancy dress dog from halloween dog parade in Tomkins square park for recipeFor each glass:

½ oz gin
½ oz Grand Marnier
½ oz sweet vermouth
½ oz dry vermouth
½ oz orange juice
Dash of orange bitters
 
  • Shake over ice and strain into a chilled glass

Roasted pumpkin seeds

The happy by-product of my husband’s pumpkin carving and my soup making, we now have jars of roasted seeds to snack on at a moments notice. They’re also great tossed into salads (spinach, dried cranberries, goat cheese and pumpkin seeds with a light olive oil balsamic vinaigrette – my packed lunch all week).

pumpkin illustration for halloween cocktail recipes

1 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
(1 tsp brown sugar
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp rosemary – optional)
 
  • Preheat the oven to 300
  • Wipe the seeds, pulling off big chunks, but don’t worry too much about the rest – it’s all good flavor
  • Toss with olive oil and salt and with the other flavorings if you like, then spread out on a baking sheet
  • Roast for 45 minutes until crunchy
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2 Responses to The Wednesday Tipple – Satan’s Whiskers, roasted pumpkin seeds and a lot of dogs in costumes

  1. Lora says:

    My favorite was the dog dressed as Trump and the accompanying float. Also Princess Beatrice sporting the royal wedding Treacy creation was a hoot.

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