The Red Death is a sweet cocktail that blends a number of fruity flavors together: berry, orange, pineapple, peach and blackberry. The result is pretty delicious.
This is a drink that features Southern Comfort, the fruit-infused whiskey liqueur you may know from other drinks like the Alabama Slammer.
It also features blackberry brandy and sloe gin, along with orange juice and pineapple juice. It’s fruity and sweet, but also fascinating and complex.
That’s because the fruit flavors it blends together aren’t such a common combination.
The blackberry adds a deep, dark note. The peach from the Southern Comfort gives the whole drink a much-needed mellow note, blending all the other flavors together.
The sloe gin adds a very sweet berry flavor, which contrasts with the citrus in a wonderful way. Sloe gin is intense, but it’s great when it’s blended with other complementary flavors.
If you’ve had sloe gin before and found it cloyingly sweet and gross, you just need a better bottle, which is not that easy to find in the US. Really good sloe gin should taste like like slightly tart berries with notes of juniper or spices.
This is an easy enough drink to make, despite it having so many ingredients. It’s easy to make in advance for guests, big-batch style.
It goes over well at parties because most people love it. If you’ve got any guests who refuse to drink a fruity cocktail for love nor money, it’s their loss. Toss ’em a beer.
Because of the name, I recommend this one for Halloween parties. It’s almost blood red, the name includes the word “death”, and it’s absolutely delicious.
This drink is also wonderful for enjoying after dinner, as a dessert drink. It’s sweet enough to replace a light dessert, with a nice dose of alcohol.
This is a great drink to savor and enjoy. Try one the next time you’ve got time to sit a while and sip along. It’s great for unwinding.
I actually recommend it for an evening when you’re reading a book or watching TV. It’s a nice little treat for when you’re just staying in and chilling out.
This isn’t the easiest cocktail to pair with food because it has such a complex flavor. It’s great with salty snacks – pretzels, nuts, parmesan crisps. It’s also good with straightforward dishes like lemon pepper chicken or fish.
But probably the best way to enjoy it is all by itself, in the evening or even as a nightcap.
- 1 ounce Southern Comfort
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1/2 ounce sloe gin
- 1/2 ounce triple sec
- 1/2 ounce blackberry brandy
- 2 ounce orange juice
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
Gear We Used
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
- Pour in all ingredients and shake until chilled.
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Strain the mixture into it.