It’s that time of year again, for every good ghoul and boy’s favorite spooktacular count dracular blog, Boxes and Boos. For this year's fiendish puzzle I'm featuring the devilish "Houdini's Torture Cell" from "Mr. Puzzle" himself, a perfect offering for Halloween. To find out why, and the gruesome details surrounding Harry Houdini's untimely death, head to the blog! On this chilly October evening as we stroll with the undead, we can toast Houdini's memory with the perfect liquid adult treat, a riff on the classic Boulevardier cocktail. Named after the very much alive bon vivants and stylish gentlemen who strolled the Parisian boulevards in the nineteen-twenties, it was created by Erskin Gwynn, who wrote a magazine of that same name for American expats.


It’s quite likely that Harry Houdini and his wife Bess enjoyed this drink. They loved Paris and had an apartment there. Houdini was known to stage publicity stunts to promote his magic shows. He once orchestrated such an advertisement along a street café in Paris, where he lined up seven bald men wearing berets. As people strolled by, they would sequentially remove their hats, revealing the letters H-O-U-D-I-N-I inked on their heads. I’ve created a delicious autumnal variation of the Boulevardier featuring applejack, one of the earliest spirits in America. George Washington's troops were given rations of the stuff - you might even say it's so old, it's revolutionary! Mixed with a sweet vermouth (such as the delightfully named “D’ Sange” from Momenpop) and some Campari, the resulting drink would look perfect in the hand of the most stylish of spooks, and tastes so good you'll need to fend off those fiends who want a sip. What the hell, just mix one up for them too. Happy Halloween!c59c6808951235502263760c06e38fc9a19cd9de.jpg
The Dapper Dead
1 oz Laird’s Applejack
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz Campari
2 dashes Bittermen’s Hellfire Bitters

Stir ingredients over ice and strain into an eyeball glass. I mean, a highball glass. Garnish with a set of citrus peel fangs frozen inside a clear ice cube. Cheers!
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