Craft chilling Halloween cocktails with these tips and recipes

Michelle Stark, Tampa Bay Times on

Published in Entertaining

We got boozy tips from experts at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.

When Halloween falls on a weekday, we like to double down and create a spine-tingling spread worth staying in for. To accompany your ghoulish bites, try crafting a couple of themed cocktails to conjure the proper vibes.

We asked ABC Fine Wine & Spirits’ sales manager Nathan Dale for some boozy tips and recipes for your Halloween bar.

Q: What liquors or mixed drinks do you prefer this time of year?

A: Pumpkin spice, salted caramel and apple flavors. Rye vodkas and whiskeys, because the rye gives a nice spice for the season. I like Baileys Pumpkin Spice, Dorda Sea Salt Caramel Liqueur, Crown Salted Caramel, Jack Daniel’s Apple. Spiced rums always add a festive fall flavor to cocktails.

Mimosas with apple cider instead of orange juice are delicious, especially when you rim the flutes with cinnamon sugar. There is no need to spend extra money on Champagne when you are diluting it with juice. Cava is a more cost-effective option.


Q: What are some liquors, liqueurs or mixers that can help create dark, moody cocktails?

A: Tonic water. It doesn’t add dark colors, but it does glow when put under a blacklight (because of the quinine in the tonic). To add a little extra horror, you can garnish with a fake syringe filled with grenadine. Or add drizzled chocolate or black food coloring to your spirits or cocktails.

Q: How can you create a festive drink that pairs well with candy without being too sweet?

A: Limit the juices you add. Juices and simple syrups add sweetness to cocktails, so if you have a citrus-forward cocktail or a cocktail that has a bit of spice, it will balance with the sweetness of candy. Or you can put the spirits in your candy. (See the accompanying Boozy Candy Gummies recipe.)


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