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Cushings are Classics

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

Peter Cushing is a mega movie star. Recently to get me in the spooky season mood, I've been watching his old school movies from the late 50s early 60s. Peter Cushing is known for bringing horror movies to British audiences. The movies themselves have a great campy horror feel to them. In this post, I'm sharing my favorites of his and a cocktail recipe for each. It's a delightful treat especially if you want to get into horror movies but aren't interested in the big scares and screams.

The Hound of Baskervilles

Old fashioned

The Hound of Baskervilles stars Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes solving the mysterious murders of a cursed family. This movie also stars another horror favorite: Christopher Lee. The psychological and twisted take on horror is a crowd pleaser it also plays to why we love revenge movies. Nothing hits horror as hard as a curse and long awaited revenge/avenge storyline.


2 oz Peanut Butter Whiskey

1 oz Apple liqueur

3 dashes whiskey bitters

1 sugar cube

Garnish: Apple Slice

Recipe: In a mixing glass, pour whiskey and apple liqueur. Stir. In an old fashioned glass, muddle bitters and sugar cube. Pour from mixing glass and add ice. Garnish with an apple slice.

Horror of Dracula 🧛‍♂️

Vodka Martini

This movie is one of many Dracula movies. It also stars Christopher Lee in a more silent role as the titular Dracula. Peter Cushing plays Van Helsing who is out to save people from Dracula and end his reign. It's a fun, campy delight and one of my favorite Dracula movies because it doesn't play too serious or too silly. It just simply puts you in the Spooky mood without thinking too hard.


2 oz vodka

1 oz blood orange liqueur

1 oz Campari

3/4 oz blood orange juice

1/2 oz simple syrup

Recipe: in a shaker with ice, pour vodka, blood orange liqueur, Campari, blood orange juice, and simple syrup. Shake until cold and pour into a chilled martini glass.

The Curse of Frankenstein

Rum Punch

The Curse of Frankenstein stars Peter Cushing as the mad scientist determined to prove his theory of regeneration and protect his evil monster. What I love about this movie is how it explores how getting the parts to build the monster. I think it was a clever choice to show that the parts are part of the whole and a part of why the monster is a monster. Another campy delight perfect for a movie marathon or to set the Halloween party mood.


2 oz Coconut Rum

2 oz Pineapple juice

1 oz Melon liqueur

1 oz Creme de Violette

1/2 oz simple syrup

Recipe: in a shaker with ice, pour rum, pineapple juice, melon liqueur, And simple syrup. Shake until cold. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass with ice. Top with creme de violette.

Are you my Mummy?

Champagne cocktail


Blanc de Blanc Champagne

2 oz Aged Gin

1/2 oz Blood Orange juice

6 dashes of whiskey bitters

Garnish: Blood Orange Slice

Recipe: In a shaker with ice, pour aged gin, blood orange juice, and whiskey bitters. Shake until cold and pour into the flute glass. Top with Blanc de Blanc Champagne. Garnish with a Blood Orange slice.

Nothing but the Night in Paradise

Paradise cocktail


2 oz Gin

1 oz Rose liqueur

1 oz orange juice

3 dashes of angostura bitters

Garnish: Orange twist

Recipe: in a shaker with ice, pour gin, rose liqueur, orange juice, and bitters. Shake until cold. Pour into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

We are living in a MadHouse Bourbon Negroni


2 oz Bourbon

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

1 oz Campari

Garnish: Orange Peel

Recipe: in a shaker with ice, pour bourbon, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Shake until cold. Serve in an old fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with an orange peel.

I wanted to share these cocktails because they play to how to Halloween and campy horror movies. Sometimes the campy movies are the most delightful because they don't need to be as much about the thought and more about the pleasure of movie making and horror movies.

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