Halloween Cocktail Recipes

halloween cocktailsAh, Halloween. Good times. But as far as cocktails go… it’s a bit lackluster. Too often we see candy corn garnishes, plastic spiders and other such horrors. Point is: it’s a rough day for serious drinkers. Which is why so many hole themselves up in their homes, drinking bourbon and waiting for morning. That said, some Halloween cocktails are worth drinking, if you look hard enough. Like these respectable numbers from Basil Hayden’s. Each adheres to the Halloween theme, but is legitimate enough to be consumed without irony. It helps that they were created by a trio of talented barkeeps.

Once Bitten (Charles Joly, Chicago) 

1 1/2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
3/4 parts Ginger Liqueur
3/4 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 part Agave Nectar
1/2 part Tart Cherry Concentrate

Drizzle cherry concentrate around the inside of a cocktail glass, letting it slowly drip down the sides. Combine remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker, and shake with ice. Strain into your glass, squeeze orange peel over the top and drop it in.


Living Shadow (Rob Floyd, Los Angeles)

2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
3/4 parts Simple Syrup
3/4 parts Lemon Juice
5 Grapes
Red Wine

Muddle grapes in a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Gently pour a few drops of red wine over the back end of a bar spoon while touching the inside rim of the glass to create the red wine float.


Bloody Sunday (Daniel Hyatt, San Francisco)

1 1/2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1/2 part Orange Juice
1/2 part Grenadine
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
1 barspoon of Crème de Violette
1/2 Vanilla Bean

Shake bourbon, orange juice and bitters with ice. Strain into cordial glass. Sink the Crème de Violette and slowly drizzle grenadine over the top. Place half of a split of vanilla bean in wine glass and stir.

Written by Kevin Gray

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