Halloween is right around the corner! But this year it’s on a Wednesday — LAME! This year, keep the spooky vibes going by keeping the spirits flowing with some eerily delicious cocktails that you can conjure up right at home. Weather you’re avoiding trick-or-treating with the nieces and nephews, strolling through a fall festival or just being a seasonal sad boi, these cocktails are just the thing to enhance the mood.
Hudson Valley Cooler
The spicy rye with a hint of natural, earthly maple sweetness in Hudson Whiskey’s Maple Cask Rye perfectly complements the maple syrup and apple cider in this fall cocktail.
2 parts Hudson Maple Cask Rye
½ part fresh lemon juice
¼ part real maple syrup
2 parts fresh apple cider
Apple slices for garnish
Add lemon juice, maple syrup, and Maple Cask Rye to a shaker with ice.
Shake briefly to combine and chill.
Strain over fresh ice cubes into a rocks glass.
Top with apple cider.
Stir to combine and garnish with apple slices.
Enjoy this fall favorite made with Reyka Vodka, which hails from Iceland and even uses lava rocks as a natural filtration system to create a silky smooth finish.
1 part Reyka Vodka
¾ part spiced syrup*
8-10 parts sparkling champagne
Add ingredients to flute and garnish with Baby’s Breath.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 cinnamon stick 2 ½ in
1 star anise
1 peel from an orange.
Bring ingredients to a boil in a pot.
Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.
Let cool completely.
Fine strain and bottle.
Vampire’s Weakness (a Boulevardier)
Did you know Halloween is an Irish Holiday?! Keep the tradition alive with spooky cocktails made with the world’s second largest Irish whiskey brand, Tullamore D.E.W Irish Whiskey
1 ¼ part Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey
1 part Campari
1 part Sweet vermouth
Garnish: 1 Bloodied Eyeball - Made using a Lychee, a blueberry and fruit preserves which create the veins.
Pour liquid ingredients into a mixing glass with ice.
Stir until chilled. Strain into glass.
Have a mischievous Halloween with this spooky cocktail featuring the special blend of Caribbean rum, natural spices and flavors of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
½ part fresh lemon juice
1 part Grade-A Vermont maple syrup
1 ½ parts fresh orange juice
Seasonal pilsner (to taste)
Build ingredients in empty shaker, add ice.
Shake and strain into chilled pint glass or desired beer mug (no ice).
Top with a seasonal pilsner of your choosing.
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