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Cheers! It's a Vampire Blues cocktail

Lester Graham
Michigan Radio
The Vampire Blues is a cocktail concocted by Jessica Gonzalez, Death & Co, NYC.
Credit Lester Graham / Michigan Radio
Michigan Radio


Here’s something spooky for you. Our craft cocktail from Tammy Coxen at Tammy’s Tastings is perfect for Halloween. It includes pumpkin butter! This drink comes from Jessica Gonzalez at Death & Co, a craft cocktail bar in New York City.

Coxen makes it Michigan by using Traverse City Whiskey Company’s bourbon and a local pumpkin butter. The pumpkin butter is up front and the whiskey rounds out the taste. The lemon adds a little brightness, the cream style sherry adds sweet and savory notes, while the bitters... well they bring bitter depth. 

Vampire Blues
1-1/2 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz East India Solera Sherry
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 tsp pumpkin butter
2 dashes angostura bitters
Garnish: cinnamon stick (optional)
Combine all ingredients except garnish in shaker with ice. Shake well
and strain into ice filled rocks glass. Garnish.
(Jessica Gonzalez, Death & Co, NYC)

Tammy Coxen with Tammy's Tastings getting ready to mix Vampire Blues.

Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Public from 1998-2010.