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Ready for a spooky tale of harrowing horror, just in time for Halloween? Well, I suppose this tale won’t terrify, but it is from a collection of one of the original horror stories – Grimm’s Fairytales. If you’ve actually read any of the originals, you’ll agree – most of these “children’s” stories are quite grotesque and some are downright horrifying. For their “Story” themed exhibition, Osamu Kasho of the Karakuri Creation Group tapped into these tales and made a puzzle box called “The Wolf from Grimm”.

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For Halloween and to continue the Big Bad Wolf theme I made a late night cocktail perfect for sipping on a crisp autumn All Hallow’s eve. Created by innovative New York mixologist Jason Walsh, the “Grannies Nightcap” is a boozy bourbon surprise. It starts out as a traditional Manhattan, with rye and sweet vermouth, but adds layers of flavor and depth with the addition of the intensely bitter Fernet Branca, which is balanced with the honey sweet scotch liqueur Drambuie. I can see Granny in the forest now, taking perfectly good care of herself by offering the wolf this potent nightcap, then watching him pass out by her fireside. Trick or Treat, everyone. Cheers!

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Grannies Nightcap by Jason Walsh

  • 1 oz Rittenhouse Rye
  • 1 ½ oz Sweet Vermouth (such as Noilly Pratt, but not Carpano)
  • ½ oz Fernet Branca
  • ½ oz Drambuie

Stir with ice and strain into a favorite glass. Express lemon peel oil over the drink and garnish with a bloody blood orange wedge.

For more about this Big Bad Wolf Box see:

Boxes and Booze: Wolves at the Door