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In all of my blogging career, I have only ever posted one single cocktail recipe. One. That’s all. It was a Cherry Cola Cocktail and, if I remember correctly, it was delicious! Since I’m trying to stretch my Halloween recipes as much as possible (really, I’m not ready to jump into Thanksgiving and holiday posts yet), I thought it would be fun to make a dragon-themed cocktail for Halloween.
Game of Thrones is huge, right? Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but I don’t watch it. When I thought about making a dragon cocktail, I was thinking more along the lines of Harry Potter. After all, Halloween in the Great Hall at Hogwarts is nothing short of spectacular! The candles, the pumpkins, the food – it’s all so magical! This dragon-themed cocktail is sure to delight wizards and witches 21 and older while eating pumpkin pasties and other magical treats!
I’ll be honest with you. I might have a cocktail when I go out to dinner. But creating my own is like giving me a chemistry set and telling me not to blow up the kitchen. I never really know how much liquor to mix with what ingredients to make a cocktail taste good. After doing some research and a couple nights of taste-testing, I think I got my dragon cocktail down! Not too shabby for a girl who can pour a mean glass of wine!
The one thing I knew off the bat was that I wanted a dragonfruit liquor base. So I bought a bottle of Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum. If you’re into tropical, fruity drinks, you need a bottle of this rum in your life! It has a great strawberry and dragonfruit flavor that isn’t too sweet or overpowering.
I’m pretty sure if dragons were real, their blood wouldn’t taste like tropical fruit. That’s why I mixed the Dragon Berry rum with cranberry juice and lime. This drink is sweet and tart with a couple of surprises. First, I used seltzer to cut the tartness a bit. It also makes this drink fun and fizzy like a magic potion!
Since dragons are fire-breathing beasts, I wanted to make sure you felt a “bite” somewhere in this drink. So while you sip on this cocktail, you might taste a hint of heat right at the end. That’s because I rimmed my glass with a sugar and a pinch of cayenne pepper. It gives this drink a surprisingly perfect balance of flavors!
- 1.5 ounces Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum
- 1.5 ounces 100% cranberry juice
- 1.5 ounces seltzer or club soda
- 1/2 lime, juiced (reserve the other half)
- Sugar + cayenne pepper, to rim glass
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Pour Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, cranberry juice, seltzer, and lime juice into the cocktail shaker.
- Add top to cocktail shaker and gently shake.
- Using the other lime half, wet the rim of a glass.
- Rim glass with sugar and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
- Pour cocktail into glass and enjoy!
This cocktail is the perfect blend of sweet, tart, fruity, and a little spicy, too! You’ll want to slay this cocktail on Halloween or during your next Harry Potter or Game of Thrones watching marathon!
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