Cocktail Recipes for Halloween 2017

Whether you celebrate Halloween, All Saint’s Day, or Day of the Dead, you need a solid cocktail to go along with it. Here’s a selection of our favorites from the year, along with a recipe for Caramel Pumpkin Monkey Bread. It’s quick and yummy for any celebration you have planned.

First we start off with two wine cocktails, both of which come from Apothic.

Apothic Midnight Blossom
2 oz. Apothic Dark red blend wine
1/2 oz. crème de violette
¼ oz. elderflower liqueur
2 blackberries, muddled
3 oz. champagne

In a cocktail shaker, pour Apothic Dark first, followed by liqueurs and muddled berries. Strain and serve into a champagne flute. Top with champagne and a lemon twist. (If you want to be fancy, take a lemon peel slice–cut into a round–and then cut out a Jack O’ Lantern face in it; a cut at the bottom will allow you to slide it onto the glass rim.)

Dash of Fire

Dash of Fire
1 ½ oz. rye whiskey
1 ½ oz. Apothic Inferno whiskey barrel aged red wine
1/4 oz. sweet vermouth
4 cherries, muddled
dash of bitters (we used Critter Bitters from Seven Stills)

In a cocktail shaker, muddle cherries, bitters, and sweet vermouth. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain and serve into a martini glass. Top with a cherry and splash of cherry juice.

Dia de los Muertes Blood Orange Sour
courtesy of the Tuck Room, NYC
2 oz. infused Pelotón de la Muerte Artisan Mezcal
1 oz. blood orange juice (or ½ oz. blood orange puree)
½ oz. black lime juice
½ oz. agave syrup

Shake and strain into a black-salt-rimmed, ice-filled rocks glass.

Note: Infuse 750 ml. bottle of Mezcal overnight with the zest of 7 limes of 3 crushed black limes. Black Salt is a black lava Salt from Hawaii, which tastes like a beautiful mineral salt.

Pumpkin Spice Negroni

Pumpkin Spice Negroni
created by Mia Mastroianni, Soho H
ouse West Hollywood and Bar Rescue
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Bulldog Gin
3/4 oz Frangelico
1/2 oz. pumpkin puree infused syrup
egg white

Combine all ingredients and dry shake. Re-shake with ice and strain into a small pumpkin (or coupe). Garnish with a light dusting of cinnamon and pumpkin seeds before serving.

Reyka’s Passion Fruit Potion
courtesy of Reyka Vodka
¾ part Reyka Vodka
¾ part gin
¾ part passion fruit syrup
½ part Peychaud’s bitters
¼ part lime

Combine all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker. Shake, strain, and garnish with a grilled peach slice.

To make passion fruit syrup
3/4 cup Goya passion fruit juice
1/4 cup lime juice
1 cup sugar

Combine and stir until sugar is dissolved.

Blood Bath

Blood Bath
by SakéOne
3 oz. Tombo Saké
6 black raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/4 oz. lemon/lime juice

Pour Tombo over ice in a shaker, then add berries and remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously. Serve in sugar rimmed martini glass.

The Angry Spell
courtesy of Angry Orchard

4 oz. Angry Orchard Crisp Apple (or the new Pear) Hard Cider
1 oz. white rum
3/4 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. ginger syrup
1/2 oz. Creme de Cassis or Creme de Mure

Add white rum, lime juice and ginger syrup to shaker. Strain into Collins glass with ice. Top with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple and Crème de Cassis. Garnish with a lime wheel and blackberries.

To make ginger syrupAngry Spell
1 cup finely chopped fresh ginger
2 cups sugar
2 cups water

Combine in a small sauce pan. Heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool before using and strain out any ginger bits.

The Velvet Vampire
courtesy of Kelly Fell, The Duke and Elephant Food and Spirits
2 oz. Old Overholt Rye Whiskey
2 tsp. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 1/2 oz. pumpkin juice
1 tsp. house made hibiscus juice (infused with lemon and orange)
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. ginger juice

Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake. Serve in chilled glass with ice.

Pumpkin Spice Shotte

Pumpkin Spice Shotte
courtesy of Captain Morgan
1 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast pumpkin spiced rum
1 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut coconut rum
2 oz. cold brew (We used coffee but you could also use a stout beer.)
whipped cream
cinnamon
caramel sauce

Combine Jack-O’Blast, LocoNut, and cold brew in a shaker with ice. Pour into 2.5 oz. shot glass and top with whipped cream, cinnamon, and a caramel drizzle.

Nightmare
courtesy of Cakewolf.com
1 part absinthe
1 part coffee flavored liqueur
1 part crème de cacao

Build in a mug and top with strong coffee.

Brockmans Black and Gold
courtesy of Brockmans Gin
2 oz. Brockmans Gin
1/2 oz. Drambuie
1 oz. lemon juice
.75 oz. honey and heather syrup
2.5 oz. pineapple juice
3 drops of black food coloring
gold edible glitter

Shake all liquid ingredients and serve over cubed ice in a Hurricane Glass. Apply one spray of edible gold glitter to the top half of the glass to stand out against the black food coloring. Garnish with a lemon wedge fan.

Caramel Pumpkin Monkey Bread

Pumpkin Caramel Monkey Bread
courtesy of Pillsbury.com
½ cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
4 cans (16.3 oz. each) Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Layers refrigerated Original biscuits
1 cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup butter
¼ cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 6-cup (9-inch) fluted tube cake pan or angel food (tube) cake pan with cooking spray.

In large food-storage plastic bag, mix granulated sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Separate each can of dough into 8 biscuits; cut each biscuit into quarters. Place 6 to 8 biscuit pieces in sugar-spice mixture; shake well. Continue to add more biscuit pieces to sugar-spice mixture until all are completely coated. Place biscuit pieces in pan.

In 1-quart saucepan, melt butter, brown sugar and pumpkin over medium heat. (We added a tablespoon of brandy.) When mixture begins to boil, cook and stir 1 minute. Pour over biscuits in pan.

Bake 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Place plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Remove pan. Serve warm. This is great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

Cocktails for Father’s Day 2017 – Plus Bourbon Balls!

Diablito

Dads deserve to kick back with an action flick (or whatever their preferred genre) and a cocktail made just for them. Give him a break from the honey-do list this Father’s Day with these ten cocktail choices. And hey, we didn’t forget his sweet tooth either. Let’s say it together: “Bourbon Balls!”

Let’s start with a martini for the James Bond fans among our dads.

Golden Hour
created by Edwin Medina, No 8
2 parts elit Vodka
1 part Contratto Vermouth Bianco
¼ part Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
2 dashes of orange bitters
absinthe spray
edible gold flake garnish

Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass that has been sprayed (or coated like a rinse) with absinthe. Garnish with edible gold flakes.

Diablito
courtesy of El Sapo, Austin, TX
1 1/2 oz. pineapple habanero infused El Jimador Reposado
1/2 oz. Juanita’s Homemade Chamoy (see below)
1 oz triple sec
1/4 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. hand-squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz. agave simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin with ice. Shake and strain over 2 X 2 inch ice cube into 8.5 oz mason jar rimmed with El Chile Group chile salt rim. Garnish with dried, chile spiced mango slices (horns) on either side of glass.

Homemade Chamoy
by Steve Cylka
2-3 morita or ancho chiles
1 cup apricot jam
1/2 cup lime juice
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Soak the dried chile peppers in warm water for about 30 minutes. Once soft, remove the stems and the seeds. Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until very smooth. Serve as a dip for fruit and vegetables or as a glaze or barbecue sauce for meat.

Drambuie Elixir 
¾ part Drambuie
¾ part Milagro tequila
¾ part pink grapefruit
¾ part strong brewed coffee

Build into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a grapefruit twist and serve.

Man CandyMan Candy
from Cedar Grove bar in Dallas, TX
1 oz. Slow & Low Rock and Rye
1 oz. house brandy
1 oz. mint infused 1:1 simple syrup
Jamaican rum.

Add mint syrup, Slow and Low, and brandy, to a rocks glass with crushed ice. Give it a quick stir. Top off with additional crushed ice and spritz the top with several sprays of Jamaican rum. Garnish with a healthy sprig of mint.

Tequila and Absinthe Cocktail
courtesy of The Bone House in Guadalajara
2 oz. Herradura Ultra tequila
½ oz. agave nectar
½ oz. absinthe
lemon twist for garnish

Put all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Give it a good shake and then pour everything into a rocks glass. Garnish with the lemon twist before serving.

Nikolaschka
from Cocktail Recipe World
1 ½ oz. cognac
1 peeled lemon disk
1 tsp. powdered coffee sugar
1 tsp. powdered coffee

Pour the cognac in a brandy snifter or the short-stemmed glass and cover the top of the glass with the lemon disk. Place the powdered coffee on one half of the disk and the powdered sugar on the other half. No garnish is needed because of the lemon disk. The way to drink this is to eat the lemon disk—coffee an sugar included. Then drink the brandy. The flavor of the cognac will be enhanced by the sweet and sour combination of the lemon disk. This is recommended as an after dinner cocktail.

Lions TailLion’s Tale
recommended by CJ at Catelli’s
2 oz. bourbon
¾ oz. pimento (allspice) dram
½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. gomme syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Shake with ice, and strain into a cocktail or coupe glass.

The Layover
courtesy of Cork and Plough restaurant
2 oz. Jameson Caskmates whiskey
¼ oz. Dubonnet
¼ oz. Agwa de Bolivia
2 dashes Angostura bitters
¼ oz. absinthe

Combine ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake 20 seconds, then strain into a tumbler with ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

Mai Tai UnigroniMai Tai Unigroni
created by Josh Campbell at Leyenda, NYC
3/4 oz. Campari
1 1/4 oz. Appleton Reserve
1/2 oz. Cinzano Bianco
1/2 oz. Cinzano 1757
1/2 oz. lime juice
1 oz. Bonita Biz (a mix of mango, coconut, vanilla, and yogurt)
¼ oz. red wine
Butterfly Pea tea glitter ice

Ahead of time, brew two bags of Butterfly Pea tea. Let cool; then add edible glitter and pour into ice cube trays.

Build ingredients in a shaker tin, and fill shaker with ice. Hard shake and double strain into a rocks glass filled with Butterfly Pea tea/glitter ice cubes. Float red wine on top and garnish with mint sprig.

Sugar East PistacioPistachio Cocktail
inspired by Sugar East Lounge
1 oz. Royal Elite vodka
1 shot pistachio orgeat (see below)
1 oz. matcha tea
lime wedge
nutmeg

Put all ingredients except the lime and nutmeg into a shaker. Shake well with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze lime juice into the cocktail and then toss the lime wedge in. Grate fresh nutmeg over the top to garnish. Note: you can rim the glass with sugar if you like.

Pistachio Orgeat
recipe by Imbibe Magazine
3 cups near-boiling water
7 oz. shelled, unsalted pistachios
2¼ cups granulated sugar
xanthan gum (optional, see note)
Ticaloid 210s (optional, see note)

In a blender, combine the water and pistachios; blend on high for 2 full minutes—the longer you blend, the more refined your finished syrup will be. Turn on a food scale; place the quart jar on the scale and zero it out. Fine-strain the nut mixture through a nut-milk bag or a fine- mesh strainer lined with multiple layers of cheesecloth into the jar on the scale and record weight. For every 500 grams of liquid, add 1.75 grams of Ticaloid 210s and .2 grams xanthan gum (stabilizer) to the nut milk and blend on high for 30 seconds. Add the sugar and blend again for an additional minute. Pour into a glass jar, cap, and keep refrigerated for up to 1 month. Makes 1 quart.

Note about Xanthan and Ticaloid: Together, these two powders work to create a smooth emulsification that keeps solids suspended and the syrup from separating. That said, they’re completely optional. If you decide to omit them, just be sure to shake the orgeat before each use.

Most dads love bourbon and chocolate, don’t they? Here’s an easy to make bourbon ball that everyone will love. Make two batches, so Dad doesn’t have to share his.

Bourbon BallsClassic Vanilla Bourbon Balls
courtesy of Maker’s Mark
1/2 cup Maker’s Mark bourbon
9 oz. shortbread cookies
1/2 cup of pecans, toasted
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup white chocolate chips

In a food processor, finely grind the shortbread. You should have 2 cups of crumbs. Add the pecans and  confectioners sugar and pulse until the nuts are chopped. Transfer to a large bowl.

In a small sauce pan, bring the bourbon to a boil. Re move from the h at and add ¾ cup white chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. Pour into the pecan mixture and stir until well-combined. Form into sixteen 1 1/2-inch balls.

Place the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips in a resealable plastic bag. Microwave in 20-second increments until melted, squeezing the chocolate in the bag to evenly melt. Snip a small hole in one corner and drizzle the chocolate onto the balls. Refrigerate in an airtight container until firm, at least 2 hours. They will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day 2017

Cromwell's Conquest
The Irish are some of the most celebrated of immigrants, along with their subsequent generations of American kin in the United States. Honor their heritage by skipping the green beer and goofy hats this year for these ten Saint Patrick’s Day cocktails. Hold your favorite up high and cheer, “Sláinte!”

Cromwell’s Conquest
courtesy of mixologist Matt Seigel @matt_seigel 
Oliver Cromwell was the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He led the army during the invasion of Jamaica in 1655, hence the Jamaican rum and Irish beer.
1/4 oz. Crème de Menthe (Note: Less is more on the Crème de Menthe because it can quickly overpower the other flavors.)
½ oz. maple syrup
1 ½ oz. Hamilton Gold Jamaican rum
1 bottle of Guinness
mint
orange twist

Add first three ingredients to mixing glass, add ice, and stir. Next, strain into a double rocks glass; top with Guinness. Garnish with mint and an orange twist.

TrinityTrinity
from Zachary Blair, lead mixologist, KANU, Whiteface Lodge 
Ireland’s favorite three-leafed clover is the inspiration behind this cocktail with three distinct spirits.
2 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey (Westbrook)
1 oz. elderflower liqueur (Note: some folks may find the elderflower a bit strong so we recommend starting with ½ oz. and then adding to taste.)
1 oz. sweet vermouth
¼ oz. lime juice
lime twist

Combine all liquid ingredients in a glass with ice; stir, and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lime twist.Gaelic Grasshopper

Gaelic Grasshopper
by Pamela Wiznitzer
1 ½ oz. Kerrygold Irish Cream liqueur
1 oz. Teeling Small Batch Irish whiskey
½ oz. Brancamenta
½ oz. Creme de Cacao
fresh mint
chocolate shavings

Add all ingredients except mint and chocolate shavings into a shaker. Shake lightly and strain over crushed ice. Garnish with mint and shaved chocolate.

Irish Slang
by Pamela Wiznitzer
1 ½ oz. Teeling Single Grain Irish whiskey
1 ½ oz. Kerrygold Irish Cream liqueur
¾ oz. Borghetti liqueur
½ oz. Grand Marnier
1 orange slice

Add all liquid ingredients to a shaker; shake and strain into a highball glass. Garnish with an orange slice and serve.

Saint CasaSaint Casa
1 1/2 oz. Casamigos Añejo tequila
1/2 oz. Crème de Mure
1/4 oz. agave nectar
Guinness beer
blackberries
green and gold edible glitter (Get this at cake decorator supplies or online.)

Combine first three ingredients into tin shaker except Guinness. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 8–10 seconds. Fine strain into coupe glass. Top off with Guinness. Garnish with 2 fresh blackberries through skewer with edible green and gold glitter over on top.

Luck of the IrishLuck of the Irish
by Eddie Garcia, lead mixologist and manager, jade bar, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa 
2 oz. Redbreast whiskey
¾ oz. Guinness simple syrup
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. apple juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a stemmed cocktail glass.

To make Guinness simple syrup: Heat 16 oz. Guinness in pan and cook down to 8 oz.; add 8 oz. raw sugar and stir to dissolve. Set aside to cool.

Laphroaig Last Laph
created by Austin mixologist Justin Lavenue
3/4 oz. Laphroaig Select
3/4 oz. part ginger liqueur
3/4 oz. pineapple juice
3/4 oz. lemon juice
3 dashes absinthe verte
sprig of mint (for garnish)

Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a mint sprig.

Emerald on the RocksEmerald on the Rocks
2 oz. Svedka vodka
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
4 mint sprigs
green edible glitter

Muddle mint at bottom of a Pilsner glass. Add crushed ice and build the drink on top (except for glitter and mint). Agitate with a spoon (or swizzle), not disturbing the mint at the bottom. Top with ice, rim with green/white glitter. Garnish with mint.

Maria Verde
1 part Ancho Reyes Verde green chile liqueur
1 ½ parts Reyka Vodka
½ part Lime
5 parts Maria Verde mix (pickled carrot, pickled onion, and pickled jalapeño)

Add all ingredients to a shaker; add ice. Shake briefly to mix, then strain over fresh ice.

Leprechaun Lemonade
created by Masa Urushido of Saxon + Parole
1 oz. Ménage à Trois vodka
1 oz. lemonade
¾ oz. Crème Yvette liqueur
¾ oz. melon liqueur
2-3 mint leaves for garnish

Shake vodka and lemonade together; then set aside. Build the cocktail in a Collins glass over ice: first pour Crème Yvette liqueur, then vodka lemonade blend, topped off with melon liqueur. Garnish with mint.

Recipes: A Taste of New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2017

Can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this week? Break up the end of winter blues with a good ol’ celebration featuring these seven cocktails. Don’t forget the bead strings, jazz music, and a big pot of jambalaya (Emeril’s recipe is after the drinks).

Smoke Stack SazeracSmoke Stack Sazerac
1 ½ parts Monkey Shoulder whiskey
1/5 part sugar syrup
dash Peychaud’s Bitters
dash absinthe
top with Peach Smoke

Add all ingredients to mixing glass. Add cold dry ice and stir. Once dilution is reached, strain into a glass. Top with Smoke and garnish with peach smoke.

Hudson Storm King
2 parts Hudson Baby Bourbon
1/2 part St. Agrestis amaro
5-6 parts Succession sparkling hard apple cider
2 dashes Fee Bros. barrel-aged aromatic bitters
nutmeg

Build over ample ice in rocks glass: first bitters, amaro, and Baby Bourbon, then top with apple cider. Finally, grate fresh nutmeg on top.

Lavender 75Reyka’s Lavender 75
1 ½ parts Reyka Vodka
1 part fresh lemon juice
¾ part lavender syrup (1/2 cup water; ½ cup sugar, 2 Tbsp. lavender; if you don’t have fresh then use the dried lavender from the spice aisle of the grocery store. Put in a small pan and boil for at least five minutes or until mixture becomes syrupy in texture. Strain out the lavender before using the syrup.)
dry champagne

Combine all ingredients in a shaker except the champagne. Shake and strain into a glass; then top with champagne. Note: you can add a dash of lavender bitters if you like for an additional lavender flavor.

Hop ‘til it Hurts
by Billy Armijo at Cafe Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar
1 bottle IPA beer
1 1/4 oz. Alto del Carmen Pisco
¾ oz. grapefruit juice
1 dash rhubarb bitters
1 dash simple syrup

Put all ingredients except for the beer into a shaker. Shake all ingredients on ice for 7 seconds, strain into a chilled coupe glass. Top with the IPA. Garnish with expressed grapefruit twist.

Epiphany Milk PunchEpiphany Milk Punch
by Laura Belluci at SoBou
1 1/2 oz. King Cake Infused brandy
½ oz. Frangelico
½ oz. cardamom syrup
3 oz. milk
2 dash angostura bitters
candy sprinkles or colored sugar for garnish

Shake without ice and strain into a coup glass. Add sprinkles on top before serving.

Sailor Jerry’s Ginger Daiquiri
1 ½ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
¾ part homemade ginger syrup (1/2 cup water; ½ cup sugar, fresh ginger slices. Put in a small pan and boil for at least five minutes or until mixture becomes syrupy in texture. Remove ginger slices before using.)
½ part fresh lime juice

Add all ingredients to empty mixing glass then fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Double strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with candied ginger.

Spicy PalomaCitrus Aisle Party
by Apartment Bartender
2 oz. tequila
3/4 oz. lime juice
3/4 oz. cinnamon syrup
pinch of salt
Q Grapefruit soda

Shake all ingredients and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with a lime and grapefruit wheel.

What to pair with any of the above? Why, this of course:

Cajun Jambalaya
by Emeril Lagasse
24 medium peeled, deveined and chopped shrimp, about 1/2 pound
1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, diced
1 Tbsp. Emeril’s Original Essence
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. chopped garlic
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
3 bay leaves
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. hot sauce
1 1/2 cups long grain rice
3 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/2 pound Andouille sausage, sliced
chopped green onion for garnish

Combine the shrimp, chicken and Essence in a bowl and toss to coat evenly. Set aside. Heat the oil over in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onions, peppers and celery, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic, tomatoes, bay leaves, Worcestershire and hot sauces. Stir in the rice and slowly add the broth. Bring the rice to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to low and cook until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and chicken mixture, and the sausage. Cover and cook for 10 minutes longer. Turn off the heat and allow the jambalaya to continue to steam 10 minutes longer before serving. Stir in the green onion.

Note: if you want to add to the party, we recommend adding a ½ cup of bourbon with the Worcestershire.

Emeril’s Original Essence
2 1/2 Tbsp. paprika
2 Tbsp. coarse salt
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. dried oregano
1 Tbsp. dried thyme

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; stir until well combined. Transfer mixture to an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place.