Featured Spooktail

This month, I thought I would give you a featured cocktail instead of a featured reader, although any of you keen to appear next month holding up any one of my books with a few words on why you enjoyed it can write to me at newsletter@rachel-abbott.com – the chosen reader will get a signed copy. Now on to more liquid delights…

‘Tis the season to drink in the ghoulish!

Enjoy this grisly cocktail – just the thing for Hallowe’en. There are hundreds of devilish cocktails out there, a Bloody Mary, Death in the Afternoon (yes, it does contain both Absinthe and Champagne!) or even a Zombie? But this one is a winner in the sinner stakes – but please remember to imbibe responsibly!

Satan’s Whiskers


  • Cracked ice
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 4 teaspoons orange curaçao or Grand Marnier
  • 2 teaspoons orange bitters
  • 2 orange twists, for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with cracked ice.
Add the gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, orange juice, curaçao, and bitters, and shake well.
Strain into 2 chilled cocktail glasses and garnish each with an orange twist.
Drink deeply.