When you grow up in Bowling Green, KY like I did, there’s a bit of a Halloween legacy to live up to each year. If you’re a horror movie aficionado, you may know that Bowling Green is the hometown of legendary horror director, John Carpenter. In fact, I lived next door to his parents for a while back in the day. Bowling Green is also known for giant sinkholes swallowing Corvettes whole. BG is also home to beloved WKU mascot Big Red, a giant red Grimace like-creature / blob with legs who joyfully entertains children at athletic events. So there’s some scary stuff. And we love it! But sadly(?), Bowling Green has a new legacy – the Bowling Green Massacre. And every fake massacre needs a drink. Introducing, the Bowling Green Massacre Martini.
Bowling Green, KY – home of the Corvette and the Massacre
Every fake massacre needs a signature cocktail. Introducing the Bowling Green Massacre Martini. It’s perfect for #Halloween!Click to tweet
Though most residents don’t recall the “massacre,” it allegedly took place in my hometown, and it’s been something of a fun joke ever since. Social media lit up around the world with tales of the massacre, but for those of us from there, it was particularly gleeful. We told our stories of where we were when nothing happened. What we had for our last meal, and where we were buried. For me, I chose to be buried outside of the local barbecue joint, Split Tree Barbecue.
And of course, there are t-shirts. Lots and lots of t-shirts.
But what was really missing was the signature drink.
So with Halloween coming up, what better way to kick off the spooky season than with an irreverent, tongue-in-cheek nod to my roots. So please take a moment with me to mix a drink, raise your glass, and remember what amounts to a giant nothing burger. Because that’s what it is. But the drink’s good. So there’s that. And sometimes that’s all we need.
The Bowling Green Massacre Martini
Luckily, making the Bowling Green Massacre cocktail isn’t a bloody mess. It’s quite easy actually and only has four ingredients.
We start with a cosmo base and use a mixer with extra grenadine to get the deep red color. This mixer pairs well with the grenadine as they are both made from pomegranates. Some cosmo mixers are cherry or almond flavored, which still tastes good, but here, the pomegranate packs a punch.
Make it a mocktail!
And yes, you can make the Bowling Green Massacre martini as a mocktail. Simply omit the vodka and replace it with an ounce of club soda or lemon-lime soda.
Let’s make the Bowling Green Massacre!
Begin by chilling your martini glass. I like to fill my glass with ice and water while I’m mixing the drink.
In your mixing glass, mix vodka, grenadine and cosmopolitan mix. Stir.
Empty your martini glass leaving the rim wet. Dip the rim in your red sugar or edible glitter, and be sure to let the sugar get a bit wet too. You want the sugar to make some clumps to use later.
Pour your mixture into the glass. Take the remaining clumps of sugar and float them in the drink. These clumps will hold their shape for a little while to give the appearance of blood and guts.
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Bowling Green Massacre Martini
- 1 oz Vodka chilled
- 1 oz Grenadine
- 3 oz Cosmopolitan mixer
- Red Sanding Sugar or Edible Glitter
- Begin by chilling your martini glass. I like to fill my glass with ice and water while I’m mixing the drink.
- In your mixing glass, mix vodka, grenadine and cosmopolitan mix. Stir.
- Empty your martini glass leaving the rim wet. Dip the rim in your red sugar or edible glitter, and be sure to let the sugar get a bit wet too. You want the sugar to make some clumps to use later.
- Pour your mixture into the glass. Take the remaining clumps of sugar and float them in the drink. These clumps will hold their shape for a little while to give the appearance of blood and guts.