Halloween seemed to start earlier this year. Perhaps everyone is looking for something to celebrate — or maybe something to be scared of, other than current events.
A specialty cocktail may make things less frightening. Here are eight Halloween recipes that we like.
The Sandman’s Serenade
1 ½ parts Hendrick’s Orbium gin
¼ part Maraschino liqueur
½ part Yellow Chartreuse
½ part Honey syrup
¾ part Lime juice
1 bar spoon White balsamic vinegar
1 dash Rose water
Combine ingredients and shake. Fine strain into cocktail glass and garnish with dried rose petals
Erik Andersson, brand ambassador for Hendrick’s Gin created this recipe.
1 ½ parts Bacardí Superior rum
½ part Midori liqueur
½ part Reàl Coco
½ part Fresh lime juice
2 parts Dole [ineapple juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe or Martini glass. Garnish with bat or ghost gummies.
The mixologists at Bacardí created this recipe.
2 oz. D’Ussé VSOP Cognac
1 ½ oz. Orange juice
½ oz. Ginger ale
½ oz. Grand Marnier
Orange and green sprinkles and cinnamon for garnish
Place all the ingredients (except the garnish) into a cocktail shaker and shake. Rim the tumbler or rocks glass with festive sprinkles. Pour over ice and sprinkle a dash of cinnamon.
The mixologists at D’Ussé created this recipe.
2 oz. Aberfeldy 12 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
1 oz. Islay Scotch
1 oz. Ancho Reyes liqueur
4 oz. Spiced apple cider
2 oz. Lemon juice
1 oz. Grenadine
3 cups crushed ice
Ginger Beer (to fill)
Add all ingredients to a small punch bowl or scorpion bowl with crushed ice and lightly stir. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, star of anise and an orange wheel.
The mixologists at Aberfeldy created this recipe.
1 oz. Santo Mezquila
¾ oz. Aperol
½ oz. Yellow Chartreuse
¾ oz. Fresh lime juice
¼ oz. Agave mectar
Add ingredients to shaker with ice. Shake and double strain into chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a long thin grapefruit peel.
The mixologists at Santo Mezquila created this recipe.
Smoky Halloween Colada
2 oz. Casamigos Mezcal
¾ oz. Fresh lime juice
¾ oz. Fresh pineapple juice
¾ oz. Coconut puree by Real
¼ oz. Ginger syrup by Liber & Co.
½ oz. Grenadine
½ Thick rim equal parts sugar/black lava salt
Wet ½ rim of glass with lime wedge or wheel and dip into sugar/black lava salt mixture. Pour ½ oz. grenadine directly into clear Tiki or Hurricane glass. Combine the rest of the ingredients into tin shaker. Add ice, shake vigorously and strain into clear Tiki glass or hurricane glass. Add pebble ice, and fill to top creating a dome like top, then garnish.
The mixologists at Casamigos created this recipe.
1 ½ parts of Patron Silver tequila
1 part Melon liqueur
¾ parts Fresh-squeezed lime
Simple syrup (to taste)
Watermelon balls for garnish
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with watermelon balls.
The mixologists at Patron created this recipe.
1 ½ oz. Tito’s vodka
1 oz. Pumpkin spice Baileys liqueur
½ oz. Kahlua
Pour contents into a shaker, Shake well pour over fresh ice. In a glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers and cinnamon.
The mixologists at Margaritaville Resort Orlando created this recipe.
Melissa Dowling is editor of Cheers magazine, our on-premise sister publication. Read her recent piece, The 2020 Beer Growth Brands Awards: The Best of the Industry.