One of my absolute favorite times of the year is HALLOWEEN. Second favorite? Christmas! One thing that ties both of these holidays together is Nightmare Before Christmas, which is now a classic for the young and old. I love Jack Skellington so much that I made a cocktail in his likeness – black & white with a dash of Christmas in the peppermint stick!
Halloween Town is a fantasy world filled with monsters, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, zombies, demons, mummies, vampires, werewolves, and witches. Jack Skellington, the “Pumpkin King,” leader of the town, and main protagonist leads them in organizing the annual Halloween celebrations. However, privately Jack has grown weary of the same routine year after year and wants something new. Wandering in the woods the morning after Halloween, he stumbles across seven trees containing doors leading to towns representing various holidays, and opens a portal to Christmas Town. Awed by the unfamiliar holiday, Jack returns to Halloween Town to show the residents his findings, but they fail to grasp the idea of Christmas and compare everything to their ideas of Halloween, although they do relate to one Christmas Town character; a red lobster-like king who flies at night named “Sandy Claws”. Jack sequesters himself in his tower to study Christmas and find a way to rationally explain it, but cannot. He ultimately decides that it’s unfair for Christmas Town alone to enjoy the holiday and announces that he and the citizens of Halloween Town will take over Christmas this year.
The Jack Skellington Cocktail (Nightmare Before Christmas)
- 1 1/2 oz black rum
- 3/4 oz crème de cacao
- 1cup ice
- 1 drop Black food color
- 3 tbsp. of marshmallow fluff
- 1 peppermint stick for each glass as garnish
- Add black rum, crème de cacao, ice and 1 drop black food color to a martini shaker.
- Place marshmallow fluff on an appetizer plate and heat in your microwave for 15 seconds
- Wet rim of martini glass with water. Dip rim the bowl of marshmallow fluff and let drizzle down the glass- set to the side for 3 minutes to set
- Strain martini into glass, and serve