True Blood-Inspired Cocktails

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Photo: Courtesy of HBO

With the Season Four finale of True Blood last Sunday, the only way to get your fill of vampire-goodness until the show returns next summer is to drink it—which seems an apropos solution, you know, considering what vampires do. Inspired by Tru Blood (that's a synthetic blood substitute, for all you non-watchers), these five cocktails from HBO combine tangy blood orange soda with Belvedere vodka and various juices. Try them all out from the recipes below (listed from left to right), because chances are some of your shower or party guests are just dying to Sookie one down. —Phillip B. Crook

Faeries' Nectar
1.5 oz Belvedere Pink Grapefruit
3 oz grapefruit juice
dash lime juice
Shake with ice and strain over cubed ice into a highball glass. Top with 3 oz of Tru Blood. Garnish with a slight of light fruit (if not available a grapefruit slice with suffice).

Belvedere After Dark
1.5 oz Belvedere Vodka
1/2 oz ginger syrup
1/2 lemon juice
Pour 2 oz Tru Blood over ice and into a highball glass. Shake the rest of the ingredients and layer over the Tru Blood. Will cause a two tone effect. Garnish with a slice of ginger and a slice of blood orange.

Lovin In The Coven
2 oz Belvedere Citrus
1 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
dash egg white
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Charge with 1/2 oz of Tru Blood.

Belvedere Bloodsucker
1.5 oz Belvedere Pink Grapefruit
1/2 Campari
Shake with ice and pour over cubed ice int a rocks glass. Top with 1.5 oz Tru Blood. Garnish with a blood orange wedge.

The Belve Compton
1.5 oz Belvedere Orange
1/2 oz lime juice
3 oz ginger beer
3 oz Tru Blood
Add all ingredients to a highball glass filled with cubed ice and garnish with and orange wedge.

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