For me, Halloween marks the official start of the holiday season. So let’s celebrate the spirit of the season with some seasonal spirits, shall we?
Here are 4 Halloween-themed cocktail recipes that will get your holiday season off to a spirited start.
Halloween Cocktail Recipe #1 – Persephone Returns to Hades
Any drink that involves a muddler deserves a long name just so people are aware of how much work goes into the dang thing. Plus, with winter approaching, the myth of Persephone and her underworld lover is fitting.
1 part pomegranate juice
1 ½ parts gin or vodka
¾ part grenadine or simple syrup
2-3 mint or basil leaves
squeeze of fresh lime
To make: Add mint or basil leaves to glass, cover with grenadine. Muddle together. Add ice and remaining ingredients. Shake until chilled.
Serve with a cocktail straw in a high or lowball glass. Garnish with mint or basil leaves, cherry, mini plastic pitchfork or other hellish decorations.
Halloween Cocktail Recipe #2 – Bitches’ Brew
To make: Fill glass 1/3 of the way with port. Fill remainder of glass with chilled stout.
Serve in a lowball glass or stemmed glass.
Halloween Cocktail Recipe #3 – Queen of the Damned
1 part raspberry vodka OR vodka + raspberry liqueur
1 part coffee liqueur
2 parts champagne
red sugar for rim
To make: Shake first two ingredients together with ice, strain and serve in a martini glass rimmed with red sugar or with bloody candy rim. Fill rest of glass with champagne. Garnish with slice of blood orange (optional).
Halloween Cocktail Recipe #4 – Cool Autumn Breeze
1 part gold rum
1 part sweet tea
splash of sour mix
squeeze of lemon
To make: Combine all ingredients in a lowball glass over ice. Stir well. Garnish with lemon or orange wedge.
sipping mummy photo by: Passetti, on Flickr