Aside from perhaps Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day, it seems that we receive the greatest number of cocktail recipe ideas for Halloween. Once again, we take the time to consider and test as many as possible (rough job, I know) in the comfort of our own test kitchen. Here are a few submissions that we’ve chosen as the best of the best this year. Hopefully one or more will find its way into your parties this year.
Pumpkin Bourbon Cider
Created by Larry Piaskowy
2 parts Basil Hayden’s bourbon
¾ part lemon juice
½ part sweet vermouth
¼ tsp. superfine sugar
¾ part pumpkin puree
6 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 parts Dry Hard Cider
1 piece of fresh nutmeg (for garnish)
1 cinnamon stick (for garnish)
Combine pumpkin puree, superfine sugar, sweet vermouth, bitters and lemon juice into a mixing glass. Stir until sugar is nearly dissolved. Add bourbon and ice. Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with dry hard cider. Garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.
4 oz Prosecco DOC, chilled
0.5 oz Campari
1 oz white peach puree
0.5 oz grenadine
In a pint glass, gently stir all of the ingredients. Pour the drink into a chilled flute.
Combine Portón, lemon juice, and preserves in a shaker and shake with ice. Double strain over large ice in rocks glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with rosemary sprig and orange peel.
The Black Widow
Created by Tad Carducci, The Tippling Bros.
2 oz Diplomatico Reserva rum
0.5 oz. Amaro Lucano
0.5 oz. honey syrup
2 dashes Angostura
For the honey syrup: in a small pot over medium heat, combine 1 cup honey and 1 cup water and stir lightly until dissolved. Stir all ingredients and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with an orange peel and grated allspice.
Combine ingredients with ice, shake and strain. Garnish with orange zest and orange peel.
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