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    Hosting a Halloween soiree? Try these 5 spooktacular cocktail recipes
    • October 16, 2023

    Whether you’re hosting a horror movie night with friends, a full Halloween costume party or you just want something seasonal to sip on while you hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, it’s nice to have some themed cocktails on deck.

    It’s also handy when those cocktails don’t involve too much fuss and a long list of ingredients, though there are a few that are absolutely worth the effort. If all else fails, you can also mix the drinks in batches for multiple pours, just keep track of those added up ounces while you shimmy to the “Monster Mash” and try to avoid spilling on your costume.

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    Several big alcohol brands are starting to share their spins on Halloween-themed adult beverages, so we rounded up a few that not only tasted amazing but looked the part for the spooky season. From a sophisticated smoky bourbon old-fashioned to a fun candy corn-inspired glass of goodness, here are five cocktails to try out this season.

    Sorel Liqueur’s Candy Corn Cocktail is as yummy as it is aesthetically pleasing. (Photo courtesy of Sorel Liqueur)

    Devil’s Gate Bourbon’s Smoked Old Fashioned is both sophisticated and spooky. (Photo courtesy of Devil’s Gate Bourbon)

    Cenote Tequila’s Talum Devil offers a biting twist for the Halloween season. (Photo courtesy of Cenote Tequila)

    Bauchant’s Jack the Ripper is made with its orange liqueur, vodka and raw carrot juice with a twist of lemon. (Photo courtesy of Bauchant)

    Smokehead Tequila’s Palominado is a refreshing, juicy treat for Halloween. (Photo courtesy of Smokehead Tequila)




    Jack The Ripper

    1 ounce vodka

    1/2 ounce raw carrot juice

    1/2 ounce Bauchant orange liqueur

    Lemon twist

    Mix all ingredients in a mixing glass and pour into a shot glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

    Candy Corn Cocktail

    1/2 ounce Sorel Liqueur

    2 ounces Skrewball Whiskey

    1 ounce fresh lemon juice

    0.75 ounce simple syrup

    1 egg white

    Combine whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white in a cocktail shaker. Shake until combined and foamy, about 10 seconds. Add ice and shake until chilled, about 10 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with the liqueur.

    Talum Devil

    1 ounce Cenote Reposado

    1/2 ounce creme de violette

    1/2 ounce lime juice

    2 ounces ginger beer

    Pour all ingredients into one glass and stir over ice, strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge or fresh blackberry.


    1 1/2 ounces Smokehead Tequila Cask Terminado

    1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice

    1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

    1/2 ounce agave syrup

    Top with Grapefruit Soda

    Crushed ice

    Add Smokehead Terminado, fresh grapefruit and lime juice and agave syrup to the shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with grapefruit soda.

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    The Smoked Old Fashioned

    1 1/2 ounces of Devil’s Gate bourbon

    1/2 ounce of Grand Marnier

    3 dashes of aromatic bitters

    Orange peel

    Add ingredients to mixing glass and stir. Smoke it with a cocktail chimney and add orange peel.

    ​ Orange County Register