Spirits for spirits. That's what I had in mind as I thought about a cocktail for Halloween. If you Google "Halloween cocktails," the results are indeed scary, but not exactly for the reasons that you would hope. Candy corn. Whipped cream vodka. Puckers schnapps. Those drinks don't look eerie (or edible), and consuming them almost guarantees that your evening will end like Lawn Witch's.
After raiding my bar cart and doing research on weird-colored liquors, "Ships in the Night" came to be. It's unsettling in name and appearance, and the taste is excellent and entirely unexpected given the color.
Why call it "Ships in the Night?" The deep purple reminded me of ocean water in the evening, and the white foam from the egg white gives the allusion of stormy seas. What I like about the taste is that you don't see it coming -- pisco and violets are an usual pairing. Together with the lemon juice and egg white, you have a drink that gently carries you through the night.
Makes 2 Drinks
4 oz pisco
2 oz creme
1.5 oz lemon juice
1 egg white
In a cocktail shaker filled with a couple ice cubes, add all of the liquids and then drop in the egg white. Shake the container for at least 30 seconds (you may need to used a kitchen towel because the shaker will get very cold, very fast). Pour the mix into two short glasses and then spoon out the extra egg white foam that will be left inside the shaker. You can also add a few dashes of bitters (floral or citrus) to the foam.