Whether you are hosting a ghostly Hamptons Halloween get-together, or plan on preparing for a zombie apocalypse and vampire invasion with a movie marathon, here are nine hauntingly delicious concoctions to try.
1. Beetle Juice:
When whipping up a cocktail your first thought might not be bugs, but don't let the name of this concoction dissuade you.
• 1.5 parts Courvoisier Rosé
• .5 parts DeKuyper
Crème de Cassis
• Orange Juice
• Lime wedge
Build cocktail in an ice filled highball glass. Garnish with a lime squeeze.
The Killer Zombie and Basil Hayden's Spooky Pumpkin Sour. (Courtesy Photos)
2. Cruzan Haunted Cinn:
Showcasing favored fall flavors, this hauntingly tasty concoction is the perfect treat for when you return from trick-or-treating with the kids.
• 1.5 parts Cruzan Velvet Cinn
• 1 parts Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
• .5 parts DeKuyper Blood Orange Liqueur
• Float DeKuyper Hot Damn! Liqueur
• Flamed Orange Zest
Combine Cruzan Velvet Cinn, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum and Blood Orange Liqueur in a tumbler over ice and stir for 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Float a small amount of DeKuyper Hot Damn! Liqueur on top and finish with a flamed orange zest.
3. Black Pumpkin:
Stop by Rowdy Hall
(10 Main Street, East Hampton, 631-324-8555, www.rowdyhall.com
) in East Hampton to try this Halloween inspired cocktail.
• 2 oz. Infused Pumpkin Spice Vodka
• 14 oz. Guinness
Pour 2 oz. Infused Pumpkin Spice Vodka into the bottom of a pint glass. Pour Guinness over vodka.
To Infuse Vodka: Cube 3 cups of cheese pumpkin and roast in oven at 375 degrees until the edges are brown but not totally cooked. Add to 1 liter of vodka while warm along with 1/2 stick of cinnamon, 2 cloves and 1 vanilla bean split down the middle. Let infuse 4 to 7 days. Taste daily and removing the cinnamon and cloves if they become more pronounced. Strain though a wire strainer, then cheesecloth. Finish by straining through a coffee filter.
Black Pumpkin. (Courtesy Photo)
4. Children of the Thorn Punch:
If you are hosting a Halloween bash, save some time by whipping up a batch or two of this ghoulish party punch in advance. The rich red hue will have partygoers wondering what they are sipping on.
• 1 bottle Thorny Rose Red Blend Wine
• 16 oz. Fresh brewed Black Tea
• 8 oz. Cognac
• 1 Orange (cut into half moons)
• 2 Lemons (cut into half moons)
• 3 Organic Plums (cut into half moons)
• Club Soda
Combine all ingredients except Club soda and chill overnight. Serve in a large punch bowl. Top off with club soda.
5. Basil Hayden's Spooky Pumpkin Sour:
It's all about the pumpkin flavors for Halloween, so try this cocktail created by Joaquín Simó.
• 2 parts Basil Hayden's Bourbon
• .5 part Fresh Orange Juice
• .5 part Lemon Juice
• .5 part Maple Syrup
• 1 heaping bar spoon Canned Pumpkin Puree
• 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
• 1 part Allspice Dram
• 3 or 4 pieces Candy Corn
Snickertini and Pumpkin Cobbler Bellini. (Courtesy Photos)
Combine all ingredients into a mixing tin, add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with skewered candy corn.
6. Raspberry Peach Jolly Rancher:
For candy in a cocktail try this sweet treat created by mixologist George Carney
• 2 oz. Grand Marnier
• 1 oz. Peach Liqueur
• Splash of Cranberry Juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.
Another candy inspired cocktail, this libation will be adored by chocoholics.
• 1.5 oz. Sobieski Karamel Vodka
• .5 oz. Irish Cream
• .5 oz. Amaretto
• .5 oz. Chocolat Royal Liqueur
• Splash of Cream
• Crushed Peanuts for garnish
Using the muddler, crush peanuts, dip the rim of a chilled martini glass in simple syrup, then dip in crushed peanuts. Combine Sobieski Vodka, irish cream, amaretto, Chocolat Royal and cream in a shaker. Fill with ice and shake hard. Strain into peanut-rimmed martini glass.
Children of the Thorn. (Courtesy Photo)
8. Pumpkin Cobbler Bellini:
Combing pumpkin flavors with a little bubbly, enjoy after adoring all the adorable trick-or-treaters.
• 4 oz. Chilled Peach LeSutra
• 1 oz. Chilled Pumpkin Spice Liquer
• 3 oz. Chilled Champagne
• 1 tsp.Cinnamon and Sugar for garnish
• Candy Peach Slice or Candy Pumpkin for garnish
Combine Peach LeSutra and Pumpkin Spice Liquer. Top with Champagne. Pour into cinnamon and sugar rimmed champagne flute and garnish with Peach Slice or Candy Pumpkin.
9. The Killer Zombie:
While watching your favorite zombie movies like "Dawn of the Dead," and "Warm Bodies," drink this Halloween concoction which won't make you feel like the walking dead.
• 2 oz. TY KU
• 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
• .5 oz. Dark Rum or Myers
• .5 oz. Lime Juice
• Dash of Amaretto
• Dash of Grenadine
• Jelly Candy for garnish
Combine ingredients in a shaker, shake, and strain into a cocktail glass. Serve with Jelly Candy as garnish.
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com