The Specimen Jar

26 Oct

To ring in the Halloween weekend, this is our final installment for the Halloween series. And in true bloody madness, allow me to share with you another Halloween classic, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart.

It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture –a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees –very gradually –I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.

Are you ready to make something horrifying? Ok, let’s begin. What you’ll need for The Specimen Jar is peach schnapps, gin, canned lychees, honey, and powdered red dye.

The Specimen Jar - What You Need

Tanqueray Distilled Dry Gin; The Original De Kuyper PeachTree; Frozen honey-lychee eyeball

It’s extra gruesome and truth be told, the yummiest of the series.

The Recipe:
1/3 shot chilled peach schnapps
1/3 shot chilled gin
1 bloody honey-lychee eyeball

Let’s start with the honey-lychee eyeball first. Pour a small amount of honey into a bowl. Add the red food colouring into the honey. We used only a tiny tip of a baby teaspoon, but you can play around with dosage until you achieve your desired colour intensity. Stir it all up until you’re rid of any and all lumps.

Bloody Parts - Fake Blood

Honey!                                     Colouring!                                   Stir!

Take your whole lychee and fill the pit with your bloody honey. Place your bloody eyeball into a container to be stored in the freezer overnight. We used a shot glass because it’s the perfect size for holding and retaining the shape of the lychee.

Bloody Parts - Frozen Eyeball

Place bloody eyeball in a container and chuck into freezer

Alright, now that you have your frozen honey-lychee eyeballs, let’s make some shooters. Grab your shot glass and pour in the peach schnapps till 1/3 full, followed by gin at 1/3 as well. Take your eyeball pit up and place it gently into the glass and watch a massacre unfold.

The Specimen Jar - Steps

The thing about using honey is that it never freezes, it just becomes really extra gooey and perfect to assimilate blood consistency. It’s so gross. The blood just continues to stream out of the lychee. How to take this shot? Spear a toothpick through the lychee before serving. Eat the lychee first and then down the liquids. Cha-ching! Gross, messy, and so much fun.

The Specimen Jar - Eyeball

Top view                                                             Front view

Now, because we love trying options, we have an alternate version of The Specimen Jar. This version would be better if you plan to make a lot of shots.

Instead of using a whole lychee for this, we will make a sort of bloody lychee jam. Again, make the fake blood using a small amount of honey. For serving size, you would want about 1 lychee per shot. Add lychees to the blood and muddle until you’re rid of all large chunks. And you’re done! Ew. Gross. Looks like mangled guts.

Bloody Parts - Crush Lychee

Place lychees in the blood honey and muddle

Let’s make more shots! Just like the 1st version, pour the measures of peach schnapps and gin into the shot glass. Then scoop a heaping teaspoon of the bloody lychee jam into the shot.

The Specimen Jar - Alternate Steps

Peach schnapps!                                  Gin!                                    Bloody parts!

Voila! Guts and organs in a glass.

The Specimen Jar - Smashed

The Specimen Jar with miscellaneous organs

Of the 2 versions, we prefer the whole eyeball version because it’s a taste adventure. You get the taste of  lychee first and then you get the taste of floral peach. Plus, it’s so much fun!

The Specimen Jar

The Specimen Jars

Happy Halloween, guys!

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