At some point this weekend or on Halloween night, you’ll want to scare the hell out of someone. It’s just something that needs to happen this time of year. But if you can scare them while also providing them with a good drink, well hey, even better.

So while jumping from behind a corner and saying “Boo!” is an option, we’d suggest just giving someone a crazy-looking drink. You know, maybe one with eyeballs in it or something. Speaking of… here’s the Night Nurse, an appropriately creepy cocktail from Pearl’s in Brooklyn. It’s combining elderflower liqueur and Champagne with some homemade sorrel. Plus an eyeball. And a syringe. Because it’s Halloween, and that comes with the territory. 

1 oz St Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
1/4 oz Sorrel*

5 cups water
1 cup dried sorrel flowers
2 cups sugar
1 cinnamon stick

How to Make It
To make the sorrel, boil water, add flowers, sugar and cinnamon stick. Reduce heat to a simmer for approximately 45 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and save leftover flowers for garnish.

To make the cocktail, pour St. Germaine into a Champagne saucer, and add Champagne. Fill the plastic syringe with sorrel syrup, and begin adding it to your glass. The cocktail should be lightly colored, not too dark. Leave a small amount of sorrel in the plastic syringe for presentation. Garnish with a syringe, fake eyeballs and a sorrel flower.

Note: To make this recipe easier, just substitute the sorrel for cranberry juice, and you’ve still got a tasty, good looking drink.

Why We Like It
We like any excuse to drink Champagne, and this is certainly that. But there’s only one night of the year when you can drop a syringe in someone’s drink and get applauded for your efforts. So we’d hate to waste that opportunity.