The Bloodbath

Back to school…back to multi-tasking.  During one of my “multitasking sessions”, I managed to find some wonderful fall-themed recipes.  Of course, I quickly realized I was unprepared to make any of them. So, as a backup, I went searching for recipes based on the ingredients I *do* have…and from this search, I came across the The Bloodbath.

This recipe was featured as one of a group of Halloween-themed cocktails – and, well, since Halloween season is upon us, the other recipes were an added bonus. I would encourage you to look at the original blog post, as there is a pleasant (maybe a little creepy) prologue and story with each cocktail.

The Bloodbath

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: What do you crave?


  • 1 oz pomegranate simple syrup (or grenadine)
  • 2-3 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 4 oz Pomegranate Orange Italian Soda (San Pellegrino)
  • 2 oz red wine


  1. Put pomegranate simple syrup and orange bitters into the bottom of a collins glass. Stir together
  2. Add ice to glass, filling half to two-thirds full.
  3. Add pomegranate orange soda and bourbon.
  4. Top with red wine.
  5. Serve as a layered drink, stir ingredients together gently before drinking.

The Bloodbath

The first time I made this, I did not have bourbon and used Drambuie instead, which is a blended whisky, flavored with honey and spices.  The combination is nice for the season, but it is a bit sweet, even for my sweet-drink-loving tongue. I did acquire some bourbon for my second attempt and it was PERFECT!

I didn’t know what  to expect with the combination of these flavors, but they mix really well.  The fruitiness is subtle – it is really toned down by the bourbon and wine. The mixture of bourbon and red wine might raise an eyebrow, but the tannins in the wine offer some depth and body, while the bourbon brings a smooth, caramel flavor.  Together it is amazing beyond what I had imagined. The visual created by the layers in this drink is nice, but a gentle, yet thorough, stir gives you the full flavor in each sip.

As far as Drambuie, it isn’t a bad choice for this drink at all, but I might recommend decreasing the amount of pomegranate simple syrup.  Note that if you do not have pomegranate simple syrup, you can use grenadine – just be sure to a brand that actually contains pomegranate, NOT artificial flavor and color.  Below you will find a recipe, borrowed from Epicurious, for Pomegranate Simple Syrup/Grenadine.

Pomegranate Simple Syrup/ Grenadine

Credit: Epicurious


  • 1 cup pomegranate juice (preferably unsweetened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 oz vodka (optional, for preservative)


  1. Put sugar, pomegranate and lemon juices into a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir constantly, making sure sugar has completely dissolved.
  3. Simmer mixture for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour into glass container with airtight lid (such as a canning jar). Add vodka, if desired.
  6. Store in the refrigerator.


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