With Halloween approaching we have been reviving our Curse of Strahd D&D campaign, which sadly sat abandoned from March until October. We know, unforgivable! But with a lot of new players (!) coming in and out of our games, D&D has been mostly centered around one shots for us over the spring and summer. We thought Halloween was the perfect time to jump back into Strahd, and of course we needed to create a themed cocktail for our first session back.
Enter the Potion of Vampiric Touch! This drink is the perfect mix of spooky with a hint of sweetness, and pairs perfectly with any game where you’re dealing with the undead, a haunted house, or even an evil warlock.
Side note: We recently re-watched Halloweentown for the first time in about 15 years, since Sully and Pendell had never seen it. We’d apologize for all the Halloweentown GIFs but it’s a masterpiece that deserves to be remembered.
Potion of Vampiric Touch
A hint of sweetness in this decoction obscures it’s more potent components at first taste. However, soon after drinking the user will begin to feel it’s force course through their veins. Each drink adds 1d4 bonus to user’s role playing abilities for an hour.
If consumed in excess, the user will awake from their next long rest feeling unexpectedly drained of life force. The user will slowly recover over 1d6+3 hours.
- 1 oz tequila
- 0.5 oz Chambord
- dash of Bittermilk No. 1 cocktail mixer
- spoonful of maple syrup
- half squeeze fresh lemon juice
- 1.5-2 oz sparkling pomegranate juice blend
Mix together tequila, Chambord, Bittermilk No 1 cocktail mixer, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Then add sparkling pomegranate juice blend to taste (we used 1.5-2 oz). If you want your drink extra cool, shake the drink over ice in a mason jar or other covered container before pouring into final glass. Or put a big circular ice cube floating in it to look like an eye ball like we did… whatever works!
This drink is best served paired with dimmed lights, some creepy music and your favorite Halloween appropriate board game. Some of our favorites include:
- Dungeons and Dragons (especially Curse of Strahd!)
- Mansions of Madness
- Dead of Winter
- Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu
Games we haven’t played yet, but would love to pair with this cocktail: