Ghosts, ghouls and goblins bring with them a host of exciting cocktail possibilities to usher in the spookiest of holidays. And with Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, those opportunities for celebrating are all the more plentiful.
Here are Miss Mojito’s thoughts on some festive cocktails that might help get you in the Halloween spirit.
- Go Orange and Black: Mix orange curacao liqueur, white rum and lime; garnish with a licorice stick
- Go Creepy: Take a nod from Yumsugar.com and mix up a terrifying batch of Eyeball Highballs.
- Go Spooky: Mix espresso, orange vodka and coffee liqueur for a brooding, macabre and delicious martini.
Shoe-wise, I think something equally black and brooding is in order. Luckily, I came across these fantastic sandals at Nine West. The hardware toughens up the feminine shape. I’ve been eyeing this particular pair for a while now and am delighted to add them to my collection!
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Your Halloween drinks continue with beer, and specifically Pumpkin Ales!
We like pumpkin beers over here at S&C. It’s like the fall season in a bottle. They are typically mild, with an equal balance of bitterness and malt. Some are made with actual pumpkins and some are made with flavors and spices akin to a pumpkin pie, such as nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, all spice. The Beer Advocate says despite the incredible time consumption, the best ales use real pumpkin. And, the folks over at Drink Craft Beer have rated their top ten faves. S&C has had a few on the list, and we don’t think you can go wrong with the ones mentioned below.
So, if you don’t have time to whip up the Autumn Spiced Punch or the Corpse Reviver, No. 2, before the trick-or-treaters arrive, pick up a six pack!
- Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale – Coors Brewing Company
Medium body with hints pumpkin. Easy to drink. Good choice for those that don’t typically drink “dark” beers.
- Post Road Pumpkin Ale – Brooklyn Brewery
Malt, hops, pumpkin, spices – it has it all. This brewery does no wrong.
Not pictured, but also a very good beer — Punkin’ Ale, from our friends over at Dogfish Head. It is a good beer when you’re heading into a cooler season.
Your Halloween Cocktails are here!
After drinking Lillet during my NYC bar hop, I picked up a bottle at Whole Foods. Then, I ran across the Corpse Reviver, No. 2 recipe – just in time for Halloween. Other than a fitting name, the cocktail itself has no association with the holiday.
Lillet is a wine, blended with a secret recipe of herbs and fruits. It pairs perfectly with citrus. So, the combination of the sweet orange liqueur with the sour lemon juice is scary good. You can hardly taste the gin, and the dash of Pernod gives a hint of star anise flavoring that really makes the cocktail. Don’t let the unusual spirits discourage you, this is a very good cocktail. My new book, The Savoy Cocktail Book, has a funny quote which reads, “Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.” Trick or treat!
Corpse Reviver, No. 2
(makes about two cocktails)
- 1 part Gin
- 1 part Lillet
- 1 part Cointreau (or another orange liqueur)
- 1 part Lemon Juice
- Dash Absinthe (or Pernod)
Combine all ingredients and shake well with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.