Submission Call: DECEMBER HAUNTED MONTH

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2014 by Emerian Rich

Subject: DECEMBER HAUNTED MONTH

Deadline is November 28th, 2014.
December at HorrorAddicts.net is HAUNTED month. Looking for true stories of hauntings, reviews of haunted places, book reviews of haunted tales, or ghost investigator reports. Also need a few pieces of flash fiction and poetry in this subject matter.
*For articles, reviews, real ghost tales… word count 500-3000
*For Flash Fiction or poetry… word count 300-1000
*At the end of the post, please include your bio, url, and attach a cover pic and author pic.
*Payment: exposure / linkability

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Send all submissions to: horroraddicts@gmail.com with the appropriate BOLDED subject line.
All submissions are unpaid unless otherwise noted.

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Mimielle’s Monday a la Mode – The Halloween Makeup Resource List from #MakeupMonday Posts

Posted in News with tags on October 20, 2014 by Mimielle

Hey Addicts!!! I decided that as the clock ticks down and we practice any makeup based looks or special FX that this master list of Makeup and FX Playlists might be better published here on the blog sooner rather than later as we count down the days until the night of Spooky. I’ll still contunue to post them weekly for #MakeupMonday on the Horror Addicts Facebook Group but here is the Motherlode of several hundred tutorials.

A Disclaimer: Unfortunately some of the Youtubers with great makeup and FX skills aren’t what we’d really call personable…at least not in the moody and lovely Gothic way we have come to know and like…but it’s worth it to endure the ‘perky’, the channel plugs and the advertisements, etc for the good information in their videos when it comes to non-mainstream, Halloween and special FX makeup tutorials. I am truly a scavenger when it comes to gathering makeup tips and tricks so these are among the best I have found.

These are some of what I consider some of the best Halloween makeup playlists on YouTube and we started this round of #MakeupMonday in August then added them every monday since. Comments on the playlists are my own personal opinion only so please remember YMMV.
Pink Stylist, my favorite

Playlist of 38 Halloween makeup tuts by Julia Graf

Playlist of 31 Halloween tuts from vintage or tacky. She’s not my favorite and I do not follow her but I do tune in for her Halloween tutorials because they are very well done.

Petrilude’s Playlist of 54 Halloween tuts Petrilude

Playlist of 22 Costume makeup transformations Charisma Star

KlairedelysArt has unusual and stunning tutorials. She’s one of my favorites.

https://www.youtube.com/user/KlairedelysArt/playlists

her books
Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Outsider-Klaire-Lys-ebook/dp/B00LM9XYWE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405363789&sr=8-1&keywords=Klaire+de+Lys
Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Outsider-Klaire-Lys/dp/1500441678/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1405363852&sr=8-2&keywords=Klaire+de+Lys

Playlist of 77 makeup tuts from goldiestarling

Check out her other playlists for some unusual makeup as well, not all included in the Halloween playlist. I watch her tutorials quite often.

Promise Phan has some good tutorials but they are not well organized so you have to kind of dig through…but it’s very worth it.Her transformations are sometimes startling

https://www.youtube.com/user/Promise21111/videos

SmashinBeauty is a new channel for me but she has 26 Halloween makeup tutorials on her 2014 playlist and I found her Sugar Skull tutorial easy to follow.

Michelle Phan has 27 Halloween tutorials in a playlist but also 41 in Costume looks. She’s not my favorite but she does good tutorials.

https://www.youtube.com/user/MichellePhan/playlists

So whether you are attending balls and parties or staying home to scare your visiting trick-or-treaters, consider some makeup fun to enhance your Halloween fun!

Stay Beautiful, Addicts,
Mimielle

Review: Don’t Go In The House

Posted in News with tags , , , , on October 19, 2014 by Horror Addicts Guest

DON’T GO IN THE HOUSE. 1980. DIRECTED BY JOSEPH ELLISON. STARRING DAN GRIMALDI AND RUTH DARDICK.

REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©

Don't_Go_in_the_House_FilmPosterNow, if there’s one thing that really gives me the heebie-jeebies when it comes to horror films, it’s men who don’t have the manners and good taste to bury their mothers when they die. I always get the urge to say to them: ‘YO, M*****F*****, BURY YOUR MOMMA…!’ Norman Bates from PSYCHO (1960) was one such head-the-ball, as we say here in Ireland. (Pssst. It means nut-job.) Donald ‘Donny’ Kohler from DON’T GO IN THE HOUSE (1980) is another.

Donny’s story makes for spectacularly grisly viewing. I wasn’t expecting much from the film before I watched it, to tell you the truth, probably because of the corny name, but things got real ugly real quick. By the time the film was less than halfway through, my mouth was hanging open with shock. (Not a pretty sight, I can tell you.)

Donny lives with his ma in a house that is the identical twin of the Bates Motel. I love it, love it, love it. It’s big and creepy and old-fashioned and I wouldn’t set foot in it if my life depended on it. Donny, a man whom it is obvious from the outset is a socially-inept outsider, comes home from work one day to find his dear old mumsie dead in the armchair in her bedroom.

At first, he’s inclined to freak out about it. Well, you would, wouldn’t you? But then the voices in his head- I did mention that he’s a big weirdo, didn’t I?- tell Donny that he’s free now. Free from his wicked old meanie of a mother and the abuse which she inflicted upon him when he was a nipper. In a series of disturbing flashbacks, we find out that Donny’s mother had a nasty habit of holding his arms over a gas flame when he was younger in order to burn the ‘evil’ out of him.

Okaaaay, well, I think we’ve discovered the reason why poor old Donny is cuckoo-bananas. Donny, however, sees the sense in what the voices in his head are telling him. He decides there and then to go forth and do all the things he was never able to do when Mumsie was alive, badgering and bullying the bejeesus out of him all the livelong day. While his mother sits literally rotting in her armchair, Donny turns his music up nice and high and goes down to the basement to build a nice, steel-panelled crematorium.

dontgohouse3Excuse me, a whaaaat…? Baby, you don’t know the half of it. Bear with me a sec and all will be revealed. He brings a pretty young florist home to the Bates Motel, I mean, his gaff, under false pretences. He knocks her unconscious when her back is turned. When she regains consciousness… Well, this is where the nightmare really starts, and also, incidentally, where my jaw started to hit the floor. I kid you not, this is probably the most extreme scene I’ve come across in a horror film to date. Here’s the deal…

Little Miss Florist- without being too salacious about it- is stark naked and suspended from the ceiling of the flameproof room by steel chains. There is no escape. The door to the flameproof room opens slowly. A figure enters. A figure garbed from head to foot in a flame-retardant suit. He has a flamethrower. Do I need to spell it out for you…? Well, I will spell it out, but only because I’m a reviewer and it’s my job. I’ll do it quickly, though, to get it over with. Hesetsheronfireandputshercharredcorpseinanupstairsbedroom.

dont-go-in-the-house-151-300x174There, that wasn’t so bad, was it…? Well, okay. I know it’s gross. And icky. Gross and icky and sick. Sick, sick, sick. Donny commits this same atrocity with two more unsuspecting females who would have been a darn sight better off if they hadn’t gone in the house. Geddit…?The film’s called DON’T GO IN THE HOUSE and I said that they’d have been better off if… Oh, forget it.

Anyway, all three of these girlies bear a distinct resemblance to the late, not-so-great Ma Kohler, so I think we’re safe in assuming that when Donny kills them, he’s really killing dear old Mumsie and revenging himself upon her for all the years of abuse she inflicted on him when he was a child. He even gives Mumsie her turn on the receiving end of the flamethrower and afterwards makes her corpse bunk in with the other three for company. Aw, how sweet. They can have sleepovers and pillow-fights.

It is the four smokin’ corpses who ultimately bring about the downfall of the ‘Master of The Flame.’ That’s what the voices in his head call him, by the way. Yep. Cuckoo…! Donny’s plan to burn two young women together falls apart when the women are rescued by the local priest and Donny’s work colleague Bobby, who have reason to believe that Donny is in trouble. No s**t, Sherlock. Donny tries to hide in his mother’s bedroom but the corpses he is storing there come to life- in his diseased mind only, one imagines- and berate him for his uselessness. Well, if you will store corpses in your mother’s bedroom, what do you expect?

dontgohouse4He turns the flamethrower on the cadavers but only succeeds in burning down his whole house and incinerating himself into the bargain. Tsk, tsk. Isn’t it always the way? The film ends with a different young boy being treated harshly by his mother. The whispering voices in the boy’s head tell him that they are here to ‘help’ him. I smell a sequel…

This film, banned in some places on its release for being a ‘video nasty,’ is as grim and gruesome as all-get-out, but it’s a cinematic gem as well. The parallels withPSYCHO had me hooked- albeit terrified as well- from the start, and in the scenes in the flameproof room I was shown something I had never seen before. Call me a sheltered little princess, but the whole ‘fire’ business was a new one on me. The concept, to me at least, was original and shocking and made me lose sleep, and I love my sleep. It’s true. Ask anyone who knows me.

Watch the film first chance you get, horror fans, but for the love of puppies, keep a fire extinguisher handy, just in case DON’T GO IN THE HOUSE proves to be a mite too hot to handle. And when you’re told DON’T GO IN THE HOUSE, don’t go in the damn house. okay? Just don’t. The warning is there for a reason.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY OF SANDRA HARRIS.

sandra 1fixedSandra Harris is a Dublin-based performance poet, novelist, film blogger, sex blogger and short story writer. She has given more than 200 performances of her comedy sex-and-relationship poems in different venues around Dublin, including The Irish Writers’ Centre, The International Bar, Toners’ Pub (Ireland’s Most Literary Pub), the Ha’penny Inn and The Strokestown Poetry Festival. Her articles, short stories and poems have appeared in The Metro-Herald newspaper, Ireland’s Big Issue magazine, The Irish Daily Star, The Irish Daily Sun and The Boyne Berries literary journal. She is addicted to buying books and will swap you anything you like for Hammer Horror or JAWS memorabilia, and would be a great person to chat to about the differences between the Director’s Cut and the Theatrical Cut of The Wicker Man. You can contact her at:

sandrasandraharris@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/SandraHarrisPureFilthPoetry

http://sandrafirstruleoffilmclubharris.wordpress.com/

http://sexysandieblog.wordpress.com/

http://serenaharker.wordpress.com/

HorrorAddicts.net 110, Season Finale, Halloween Special

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Horror Addicts Episode# 110

Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich

Co-Host: Camellia Rains

Intro Music by: Cancer Killing Gemini

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Season Finale / Halloween Special

emily goodwin, midnight syndicate, miss misery, best in blood

i make love to halloween, events, phantom of the paradise, brian depalma, halloween trivia, artistic license, emerian rich, lilith’s love, dan shaurette, strigoaie the romanian witch, marc vale, morbid meals, zombie yoga, zombie apocalypse, midnight syndicate, cedar point, halloweekends, the dead matter, parlormuse, robot monkey arm, crystal connor, band poll, jeremiah donaldson, david watson, zombies, the calling, apparitions, the woman in black, the haunting, the walking dead, best in blood, ed pope, the herd, grimfest, miss misery, last doorway show, creepy kofy movie time, movie massacre show, forgotten tales, women of horror, welcome to my darkside, monster of golden gate, writers workshop, horror addicts guide to life, disease, m. f. wahl, angela estes, the green eyed monster, mike robinson, patricia santos, the ghost sisters and the girl in hallway b, puzzleman, christopher alan broadstone, j. t. evans, free fiction friday, special guest, emily goodwin, contagion, contagious, the walking dead, the guardian legacy series, mermaid horror, stay, all i need, beyond the sea, bloopers

 

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Season 9 Finale Guests

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2014 by Emerian Rich

My dark children, I am so sorry to say goodnight to you this weekend for 2014, but I am excited to introduce you to our Season Finale Guests!

MUSICIANS: Midnight SyndicateMidnight Syndicate

For almost two decades, composers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been known as Midnight Syndicate, creating symphonic soundtracks to imaginary films that facilitate a transcendental and adventurous escape into the secret dimensions of the mind’s eye. To many of their fans, they are Gothic music pioneers brewing a signature blend of orchestral horror music and movie-style sound effects. To others, they remain the first “haunted house band” that forever changed the Halloween music genre and became a staple of the October holiday season. And some know them as the duo that created the first official soundtrack to the legendary Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. Their critically-acclaimed works are reminiscent of sweeping, complex masterpieces by artists such as James Horner, Danny Elfman, Black Sabbath and King Diamond and have been featured as a part of groundbreaking films, television shows, video games and at haunted attractions, amusement parks and live performances worldwide.

AUTHOR: Emily Goodwin

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Emily Goodwin is the international best-selling author of the stand-alone novel STAY, The Guardian Legacies Series: UNBOUND, REAPER, MOONLIGHT (releasing 2014), The Beyond the Sea Series: BEYOND THE SEA, RED SKIES AT NIGHT (releasing 2015) and the award winning Contagium Series: CONTAGIOUS, DEATHLY CONTAGIOUS, CONTAGIOUS CHAOS, THE TRUTH IS CONTAGIOUS (Permuted Press)

“I wasn’t afraid of death. If I died, it would be over. My worst fear wasn’t of dying, it was of living. Living while everyone around me had their flesh savagely torn from their bodies to be shoved into the festering and ever-hungry mouths of zombies. It terrified me, right down to my very core, to be alive while the rest of the world was dead.”

contagiousThe award winning Contagium Series is a four book saga, published by Permuted Press, that follows Orissa Penwell on her journey through a post-apocalyptic world killing the dead, saving the living, and deciding if love is worth the risk.

Contagious was the winner of the 2014 best horror book, voted at the Contagious Reads Horror Con. Contagious was also recognized for having the best  gore, best zombies, best bad-ass female lead, best team/couple in a horror book, and best overall series.

HORROR HOST: Miss Miserymm5

Press has dubbed Horror Hostess Miss Misery as the Queen of horror in the bay area. She is hostess of The Last Doorway Show, a show dedicated to promoting the independent horror artist. She also hosts those late night bad horror films on Movie Massacre; which will be coming to your television set very soon.  So get ready for a two hour delight of terror!

She also has a segment on Creepy Kofy Movie Time called Web of Insanity. Where she hosts 3 minute and under short horror films! You can even catch her at the end of the show dancing with Balrok, No name, and the hot Cave girls.

Miss Misery hosts several events around the San Francisco, Sacramento area including Zombie Proms, Shadow casts, and Film Festivals.

If you think that wasn’t enough Miss Misery will soon be coming out with her own line of comic books which she hosts tales of death of revenge called “Forgotten Tales” not only does she host these awesome stories but she also writes them. Get inside her head with these up coming comic books from Comic Book Divas.

Sometimes you can catch her having Bloody Mary’s with her gal pal Ms. Vampy!!

BEST IN BLOOD:

We will be revealing the winner of Best in Blood for last season, season 8. This is a good one, you won’t want to miss!

SEASON 9 FINALE / HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

Don’t miss the ghouls, the goblins, and the gals as we ring in the Halloween season with the best special yet! Costume talk, Halloween jokes, and your favorite drinking word, all packed in to a show you won’t forget!

Join us for episode #110, airing October 18th.

Puzzleman

Posted in News with tags , , , , on October 16, 2014 by David Watson

PUZZ.3Puzzleman by Christopher Alan Broadstone is one ambitious novel. When you first start reading it you think its going to be a gruesome horror novel meant to shock people. That’s exactly what it is, but as you start reading you find there is a lot of depth to the story and characters. The story begins with a woman named Amanda buying an earring that looks like a ball of metal wires. Amanda is recently divorced and her infant child has died leaving her bitter and wondering where her life went wrong.

Little does she know that the earring will soon lead her to some answers she doesn’t want. Amanda isn’t the only one searching for answers in Puzzleman. We soon meet a legless heroin addict named Erik who wants vengeance, a professor named John who feels his life has passed him by, a French vintner named Jeannette who wants to revisit a lost love and a former detective named Ben who wants to get back into the game. All of the characters are searching for something and all of their destinies are intertwined in the Puzzleman’s maze like pipeworld.

The pipeworld is a place where life is eternal but is also a place of suffering. It’s a place of living nightmares crawling with grumemonsters but also a place where the five people in the story can find what they are missing. The Pipeworld is like a giant macabre puzzle with the puzzleman as the master and the people as the pieces. The question is, can the pieces find the answers they seek and escape with their sanity?

My Favorite character in Puzzleman was Amanda, this is a woman who has questioned god and everything else around her since she was a child. It almost seems like god is punishing her for her questions with the death of her young child and her abusive husband. She shows how tough she is in the pipeworld though by not giving up even when things are at their worst. I loved how towards the end she makes a comment to the Puzzleman that shows that her viewpoints on god have not changed and I enjoyed the Puzzleman’s reaction to the comment. Another thing I liked in the story was finding out why her husband was the way he was.  My only problem with the story was that there was a long section on the mythology behind the Puzzleman.  I felt the section was to long and took the reader out of the story and would have been better if it was divided  into segments within the story and not just one big chunk.

There is a lot going on in this book, it starts as a horror novel then turns into a text-book on world mythology and then goes back to being a horror novel. This isn’t just any horror novel though, it asks some important questions such as What are you willing to do for the ones you love? What would you do for eternal life? and Why does god allow so much misery? This is a thinking man’s horror novel. It delivers the scares and the gore but it also makes you think. In fact you might have to read it twice to understand everything that Christopher Alan Broadstone is trying to say. Puzzleman is Mr. Broadstone’s first novel and it will be interesting to see what he has in store for future novels.

 

Morbid Meals – Halloween & Dia de Los Muertos treats for kids and adults

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2014 by Dan Shaurette

For Halloween I wanted to come up with some fun recipes for everyone’s holiday parties, whether they be Halloween or Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. However, I wanted to find new recipes beyond the old standards. So, here is my take on three new tricks to treat your guests.

Graveyard Guacamole Chips and Dip

Graveyard Guacamole

EXAMINATION

It’s the Great Guacamole Graveyard, Charlie Brown! Nah, that just doesn’t have the same ring to it. It does, however, taste really, really good.

ANALYSIS

Ingredients

16oz can refried beans
16oz can chili with beans
1/2 cup salsa
1 1/2 cups shredded chicken and/or pork
1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
3 Haas avocados, peeled and pitted
1/4 cup salsa
1/2 lime, juiced
1 cup pepper jack cheese
1/4 head of lettuce, shredded
bag of tortilla strip chips (the long rectangular ones)
side of sour cream (optional)

Apparatus

  • 3-quart rectangular casserole dish
  • 3 small mixing bowls

Procedure

  1. In first mixing bowl, combine the refried beans, chili, and salsa.
  2. In second mixing bowl, combine shredded meat and buffalo wing sauce.
  3. In third mixing bowl, make fresh guacamole by mashing the avocados, then combining with lime juice and salsa.
  4. Layer the ingredients as follows into your casserole dish.
    a. First, the beans mixture, then a sprinkling of cheese.
    b. Next, the buffalo-sauced meat, then a sprinkling of cheese.
    c. Finally, the guacamole, and generously sprinkle on the shredded lettuce.
  5. Stick some tortilla chips into the dip to resemble headstones
  6. Serve with remaining tortilla chips and a side of sour cream, for the gringos who can’t stand the heat.

DISSECTION

If you want to add a little extra spookiness to this, find some Halloween-shape cookie cutters, and make your own creepy chips. Use the cookie cutters to cut corn or flour tortillas into spooky shapes. Bake in a 350°F oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until you have crispy critters. Allow to cool on a cooling rack.

POST-MORTEM

This of course makes a great appetizer for a macabre Cinco de Mayo, or anytime you want to spice up a dead (man’s) party. Furthermore, this quite frankly is a balanced meal in of itself, worthy of any gruesome occasion.


White Chocolate “Sugar Skulls”

White Chocolate Sugar Skulls

EXAMINATION

Celebrations for Dia de Los Muertos just wouldn’t be the same without sugar skulls. A new tradition of making skulls, and even coffins, from chocolate is also emerging. Regular sugar skulls take special molds and years of practice (or maybe some meringue powder to help out). They also aren’t eaten when complete — licked maybe, but never eaten.

For our party needs, we’re going to make something a little more edible using white chocolate.

ANALYSIS

Ingredients

12 oz bag white chocolate chips (roughly 2 cups)

Royal icing, in many vibrant colors, fine tip
Or if you can find them “Candy Writers” which are tipped tubes of pre-colored white chocolate candy.

Candy Writers

Apparatus

Procedure

  1. Heat water in the saucepan over high heat until it begins to simmer, then turn off the stove and place the top pan (or bowl) over the water.
  2. Pour your white chocolate chips into the top pan (or bowl). It will take about 5 minutes for all of the chips to melt.
  3. Spoon your melted candy into your skull molds. Allow the candy to harden in the molds, at least an hour. You can refrigerate it to speed this up but your candy will melt faster later. Wait it out naturally if you have the time.
  4. Carefully remove your candy from the molds. If there are any side bits to break off, use a sharp knife to carve them off.
  5. Decorate with the icing or Candy Writers and allow the your decoration to completely dry. If you are able to use Candy Writers, they need to be warmed up in hot water, but they are the smoothest way to decorate these. Since they are chocolate on chocolate, the decorations will stay longer than royal icing will on chocolate.

DISSECTION

You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave, but do this in small batches at 50% power.

Try to smooth the backs of the candy as best you can and don’t let any spread outside of the molds. You’ll have to break off any of these bits and it is hard to do that cleanly.

If your chocolate gets hard on you again as you work with it, it will become less and less easy to melt. The sugars reform bonds that get stronger each time. Turn the heat up on your boiler but only a little bit. If it gets too hot it could burn or seize up.

Also, like Gremlins, do not let your chocolate get wet. This will mess with the fats in the chocolate and then you’ll have nasty little blobs instead of smooth, silky candy. Never cover your melting chocolate with a lid, and do not let your water boil or you could get steam in your chocolate.

If the chocolate does seize up on you or get wet, here’s some tips that can help.

POST-MORTEM

Decorating these skulls with your kids is part of the fun. If they are old enough, they could help you with melting the chocolate. That is if you can keep them from licking the spoon.

You can find chocolate molds in almost every craft store these days, like Jo-Ann’s, Michael’s, etc. There’s also Amazon and eBay if you don’t have a local store with a large selection. For folks like me in Phoenix, ABC Cake Decorating Supplies has a HUGE selection of molds, and you can even buy them online. This is also where I found the Candy Writers which were perfect for the job.

If you want to try your hand at making real sugar skulls, the awesome folks at MexicanSugarSkull.com sell molds and provide recipes that make this traditional labor of love a little more accessible to the rest of us.


Blood Orange Sangría

Blood Orange Sangría

EXAMINATION

I never drink… wine. Ahem. By itself, that is. I do love a good sangría. This is my personal favorite version that I have made for years, for many an occasion. What makes it a special treat for Halloween? Why the blood oranges, of course. Blood oranges from Florida can be found in stores in October making it the perfect season for Blood Orange Sangría.

ANALYSIS

Ingredients

1 cup blood orange juice (from 4 medium or 6 small fruit)
1/4 cup superfine granulated sugar
1 bottle red wine (like pinot noir or merlot)
1 cup brandy
2 small red delicious apples
1 can cold lemon-lime soda (optional)

Apparatus

  • citrus juicer
  • large pot
  • large pitcher or punch bowl

Procedure

  1. Peel and core the apples and chop into small pieces about 1/2 inch to an inch in size. Or if you have one of those wicked spiral slicers, those peel, slice, and core an apple quickly and beautifully. Add these to your pitcher/bowl.
  2. Cut your blood oranges in half and then slice one thin ring from each half. Add these to your pitcher/bowl.
  3. Juice the blood oranges, getting every last little drop. I find electric juicers work best, but there’s nothing wrong with using an old school juicer and some elbow grease.
  4. In the large pot, over medium heat, combine the blood orange juice and the sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  5. To the juice, add the wine and brandy. Stir to incorporate everything well.
  6. Pour into the pitcher/bowl and refrigerate until well chilled, about an hour.
  7. Remove from the refrigerator and add the soda. Stir well.

DISSECTION

You can make a virgin version with pomegranate juice or your favorite fruit punch instead of the alcohol.

If you want to make this when blood oranges are out of season, try to find Cara Cara navel oranges. They have a ruby pink fruit like grapefruit but they are remarkably sweet.

POST-MORTEM

Pour this sparkling Spanish drink into your favorite glass, with or without ice, and enjoy the best of an autumn harvest. ¡Salud, dinero y amor, y el tiempo para gozarlos!

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