Oh Halloween, how I used to love rocking a witch costume nearly eight years in a row, and the drowning sensation that at times occurred while bobbing for apples at Halloween parties jam-packed with the 12-and-under crowd. Glad those days are over. Let’s be real here folks, aside from the seemingly unlimited candy, Halloween is a lot more enjoyable as an adult. And no, I’m not referring to the skimpy costumes (where’s your creativity people!) or sketchy (although somewhat enjoyable) warehouse parties, I’m talking about the cocktails! Brands tend to go all out once fall rolls around, but they really up the creativity for Halloween. Hence the reason why I feel like this blog post has 88,000 drink recipes. They all looked so creative and tasty, so I had to share.
I’m not sure what my plans are this Halloween. They always tend to differ tremendously from year to year, but if I get to make at least two of the cocktails below, I’ll be quite content.
Cheers to a safe, enjoyable, and of course Lushworthy Halloween!
Graveyard Gruel (Pictured Above)
1.25 parts Courvoisier VSOP
.75 parts DeKuyper Rootbeer Schnapps
1 part Pineapple Juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.
1 bottle Skinnygirl® Sangria
1 blood orange, sliced into wedges
1 red apple, halved and thinly sliced
Black licorice for garnish
Combine all ingredients into a large pitcher. Add ice. Chill for at least 30 minutes to set. Garnish with licorice wand and enjoy! (Makes six servings)
2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1/2 part Fresh Orange Juice
1/2 part Lemon Juice
1/2 part Maple Syrup
1 heaping bar spoon Canned Pumpkin Puree
3 dashes Angostura® Bitters
1 part Allspice Dram
3-4 pieces Candy Corn
Combine all ingredients into a mixing tin, add ice & shake vigorously. Strain into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with skewered candy corn.
1 part Jacob’s Ghost™ White Whiskey
1 part Tomato Juice
Dash of Tabasco® Hot Sauce (to taste)
Dash of Fresh Lime Juice (to taste)
Combine Jacob’s Ghost™ White Whiskey with tomato juice, sugar, Tabasco® hot sauce and lime. Shake over ice and pour into a salt-rimmed shot glass and garnish with a lime.
2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
2–3 large blackberries
1/2 parts DeKuyper® Razzmatazz® Schnapps Liqueur
2 parts ginger ale
Muddle 2 or 3 large blackberries in an Old Fashioned glass with a splash of Razzmatazz® Schnapps Liqueur. Add in equal parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon and ginger ale. Stir gently. Top off with ice.
1 1/2 oz Orange Exclusiv Vodka
1 1/2 oz champagne
3/4 oz black raspberry liquor
Red sugar for rimming
Rim a martini glass with red sugar (use food coloring to make the red sugar). Shake raspberry liquor and Exclusiv Vodka, then pour half into the red sugar rimmed martini glass. Top with champagne. Over the back of a spoon pour a few drops of raspberry liquor. This will make a floating effect in the glass.
2 oz. SKYY Infusions Blood Orange
1 oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Peach Puree
1/2 oz. Hibiscus Juice
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Raspberries for garnish
Muddle Raspberries on the bottom of a rocks glass then add ice. Shake all ingredients, except hibiscus, together in a shaker. Pour over ice and raspberries. Add hibiscus juice to “bleed” through cocktail.
1.5 oz SKYY Infusions Dragon Fruit
.5 oz American Honey Liqueur
1 oz Peach Nectar
Squeeze of Lemon
Top Off With Champagne or Sparkling Wine
1 sugar cube
Muddle ingredients (except sugar cube) and shake over ice. Place sugar cube in the bottom of the glass and strain drink over it. Top with Champagne or sparkling wine.