Date: October 21, 2015

Halloween Party Playlist

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday and, corny as it is, I usually spend the morning listening to “The Monster Mash” on repeat.  However, even I can only listen to it so many times before going crazy.  To that end, I keep a list year-round of Halloween-appropriate songs.  Here’s my 2016 Halloween Party Playlist, from the most obvious to the (perhaps) most unexpected…

The Monster Mash by Bobby (Boris) Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers

Thriller by Michael Jackson

Original Ghost Busters Theme Song by Ray Parker, Jr.

Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones

Enter Sandman by Metallica

Dragula by Rob Zombie

Dark Lady by Cher (not me, the other one)

Ava Adore by Smashing Pumpkins

Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon

Howl and Shake It Out both by Florence + the Machine

Hotel California by The Eagles

Back in Black by AC/DC

Disturbia by Rihanna

Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Demons by Imagine Dragons

Le Freak (Freak Out) by Chic

Like a Stone by Audioslave

You Can Do Magic by America

Jump in the Line and Banana Boat Song (Day O) both by Harry Belafonte (from the Beetlejuice soundtrack)

What songs will you play at your Halloween party?

Twist on a Moscow Mule

I’m a sucker for any ginger-flavored cocktail.  So, naturally, a Moscow Mule is high on my list of favorites.  The problem is: I almost never have vodka in the house.  (I know…I know…)  True to my roots, however (I’m half Puerto Rican), what I do keep stocked is rum!  This inventory issue, coupled with my love of ginger (and my cute new copper mugs with brass knuckles for handles), resulted in a happy accident–or twist, rather–on the classic cocktail.  I call it the Manatí  Mule.  Here’s how you make it…

Spiced rum (instead of vodka)
Ginger beer
Fresh Basil (instead of mint)

Fill a copper mug halfway with ice and add 2 ounces (instead of 1) of spiced rum.  Fill with ginger beer and add a squeeze of lime.  Garnish with another lime wedge and a sprig of fresh basil.  Enjoy!

On a side note, my other half is Mexican, which means that I also maintain an ample of supply of tequila.  So keep an eye out for a Mazatlan Mule recipe in a future post.  Cheers!


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