Apple cider, pumpkin, candy corn…all our favorite Halloween flavors inspired this list of festive cocktails that will bring delightfully spooky panache to your Halloween party, weekend tailgate, or simply to enjoy solo.
The Great Pumpkin Cocktail
Like many good things in life, this roasted pumpkin and scotch delacy will take a few days to achieve perfection. Get started today, and by this weekend’s festive bash you’ll have a savory cocktail – one so good it’ll be hard to share! Recipe adapted from About Food.
1 ounce pumpkin-infused Scotch whisky (The Glenrothes Select Reserve is recommended)*
1 ounce The King’s Ginger Liqueur
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 grade A maple syrup
Dash of cinnamon for garnish
To infuse the scotch with a touch of pumpkin, Peel, clean and cut small 2 by 2 inch pieces of sugar pumpkin. Salt very lightly and roast for about 20 minutes at 250 degrees. Put into a sealed container with scotch and let rest for two days. Once perfectly instilled, stir in the lemon juice and syrup, add a dash of cinnamon and indulge.
Martha Stewart gives us this concoction of apple cider and vodka, adorned with a rim of black sugar. Super simple to make, this festive tini will be surely be a crowd pleaser, and can easily be transported to the tailgate in a punch bowl – just bring the black sugar!
Fine black sanding sugar
1 lady apple, chopped
½ lime, cut into wedges
1 ounce maple syrup
1 ounce apple cider
2 ounces vodka
1 thin crosswise slice apple, for garnish
To prepare, Moisten the rim of a martini glass with water. Place sanding sugar in a saucer and dip rim of glass in sanding sugar to coat; set aside. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together apple cubes and lime wedges. Add syrup, cider, and vodka; fill with ice. Cover and shake until well combined. Strain into prepared martini glass; top with club soda. Garnish with apple slice and serve.
Blood Peach Bellini
A variation on the summertime classic, this version combines Campari, white beach puree and grenadine to achieve a richer, more robust flavor. Recipe from Food and Wine.
4 ounces chilled Prosecco
½ ounce Campari
1 ounce white peach puree
½ ounce grenadine
This cocktail is beautiful simple to construct: in a pint glass, gently stir in all the ingredients, then pour into a chilled flute glass or other elegant glassware.
Candy Corn Cordials
If you’re partial to this ultra sweet Halloween candy, then you’ll find obsession in this Candy Corn inspired drink from Food Network.
½ cup candy corn
1 ½ cups your favorite Vodka
2 ounces orange liqueur
1 large egg white
1 handful candy corn, for garnish
Begin by infusing the vodka – combine with candy in an airtight container, and let sit for 3 hours, then strain. Next, prepare the cordial by adding the infused vodka, orange liqueur, egg white and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into two martini glasses and garnish with candy.