When it comes to party holidays, few are more fun than Halloween. While the kids are out getting candy or spending the night with grandma, dad makes some of the best Halloween cocktails around. Let’s look at some of these delicious recipes and see if they can give us a little liquid courage to take on that haunted house or a visit from the mother-in-law.
When it comes to great cocktails, sometimes presentation is everything. The Jack-O-Lantern doesn’t taste like pumpkin, but it looks like it and packs a nice wallop with great flavor. You need to grab a cognac glass and put in about an ounce of cognac, whatever brand you like best. Add another couple ounces of orange juice, ½ ounce of ginger ale and ½ ounce of orange liquor. Cut an orange to create an orange circle and place it on top of the liquid. Cut a green lime “stem” and place it in the middle of the orange. Your Jack-O-Lantern is made.
The corpse reviver isn’t actually a Halloween drink and is classically known as “hair of the dog”. It gets its name from the state most people wake up to after a night of drinking. The drink is supposed to boost your energy and get rid of that post hangover feeling. The reality is – it’s a great drink whether in the morning after a bender or in the evening as a holiday drink.
Take a martini glass and put in ¾ ounce of gin, ¾ ounce of triple sec, ¾ ounce of Lillet Blanc, and ¾ ounce of lemon juice. If you’re feeling really Halloweenish, then you can rinse the glass with absinthe because…why not?
Ghosts have long been a vital part of Halloween and now this phantom concoction lets you distill the specters into a drinkable form. Grab your cocktail shaker and add two ounces of vodka, one ounce of vanilla syrup, one ounce of cream and 2 ounces of soda. Pour the milky white drink into a martini glass and you’re ready to go.
Halloween is a fun time of year. Check out the rest of our holiday selections on dadsthatcook.com.