Back in May, I was invited to create and submit a cocktail to a paranormal journal publication, The Feminine Macabe. This resulted in what I call the Winchester Daisy Cocktail. I found out in June that my cocktail was accepted to be a part of this journal!
You can find my cocktail alongside other enthralling writings in the Feminine Macabe Volume IV. Please consider supporting this passion project by purchasing the book through Amazon or Spooky-Eats Etsy Shop. The Etsy version comes signed by the head of this amazing publication, Amanda R. Woomer.
Ready to try a hand at this cocktail? If so, you can grab a copy of the Feminine Macabre Volume IV now!
Of course, there was more to my submission than just the cocktail. However, I couldn’t fit all my words about the inspiration Sarah Winchester and her haunting mansion have been to me. Reading any of my previous cocktail write-ups will clue you in on how I love to chat about what inspired the cocktail. And so, here they are!
Winchester and San Jose Libations
Being born in San Jose, I’ve spent a good majority of my live in and around the California Bay Area. And so, the haunts of the California Bay Area must be imbedded in my blood. The beautiful Winchester Mystery House has always been a backdrop to family gatherings across the way in Santana Row. However, I left it unexplored until recently. I have always been curious about the Winchester Mystery House but there was always concern it was a tourist trap. When I finally set foot on the grounds in 2017, it completely enchanted me. It is up to you to believe all the rumors that surround it. Regardless, this Victorian mansion places a spell on visitors that cannot be explained. You have to wander the halls yourself to know exactly what I mean.
When thinking over what women have left behind to fuel intrigue behind the paranormal, Sarah Winchester’s amazing home is one of the first things that comes to my mind. She was far ahead of her time in employment practices and house innovations. And yet, there is still much debate as to what Sarah’s exact intentions were behind the never-ending building started on an unfinished farmhouse in San Jose. The continuous construction only halted upon her death on September 5th, 1922. The questions and curiosity will remain for many years to come. It may never stop pulling believers and skeptics both to the enigmatic beauty of Winchester Mystery House.
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Once again, you can read more about my cocktail creation and inspiration alongside other submissions in the Feminine Macabe Volume IV. Please consider supporting this passion project by purchasing the book through Amazon or Spooky-Eats Etsy Shop. The Etsy version comes signed by the head of this amazing publication, Amanda R. Woomer.
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