Goblin Punch

When we first saw Deadhead Rum, we knew it was begging to be included in a Halloween cocktail! C'mon, it's a friggin' shrunken head bottle!

But what cool packaging sometimes hides is a lack-luster product...not the case with this stuff. Though you often think of Mexico as a place for tequila and mezcal, this Mexican rum has a unique flavor, with hints of vanilla and oak. 

It's got a robust flavor that is perfect for cocktails - including this silly little Halloween-inspired drink made green with Midori melon liqueur. 

So, give it a shake, pour it up and get your Halloween party going!

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
coupe or cocktail glass

ingredients:

2 oz Deadhead Rum
.5 oz Midori melon liqueur
.5 oz fresh lime juice
2 dashes grapefruit bitters
.5 oz simple syrup
grenadine, lime zest and cherry for garnish

method:

Combine rum, midori, lime, bitters and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and strain into glass. Garnish with a lime zest-wrapped cherry and a few dribbles of grenadine on the rim.

Black Night

If ever there were proof that you can have fun with your cocktails and still make them themed, this one is it! 

Made with Virgil Kaine Ginger-Infused Bourbon, we've darkened things up with muddled fresh blackberries, a little black currant liqueur and a touch of sweet vermouth. The spice of the ginger pairs perfectly with the fruit flavors - and it's all rounded out with the addition of sweet vermouth. Seriously, if you don't believe us, try it without the vermouth and you'll see what a difference one ingredient can make!

But the real key to this cocktail is double-straining. Nobody wants a bunch of damn seeds in their cocktails, so do it right and strain this cocktail. 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
muddler
strainer
fine mesh strainer
cocktail or coupe glass

ingredients:

5 fresh blackberries (plus more for garnish)
2 oz Virgil Kaine Ginger Infused Bourbon
.5 oz Creme de Cassis liqueur (or dark blackberry liqueur)
.5 oz sweet vermouth

method:

Muddle blackberries in your cocktail shaker before adding remaining ingredients and filling with ice. Shake vigorously and double-strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a couple blackberries and serve.

Bloody Brain Shot

Talk about some Halloween goodness right here! This scary-looking shot is achieved through the magic of curdling. Yup, curdling. 

With a little acidity in the Pickers Vodka base, the cream of the Blue Chair Bay Banana Cream Rum creates the look of a brain sitting at the bottom of the shot glass. But, despite the look, it's actually pretty darn tasty!

The trick to the look is using a straw to slowly drop the rum into the glass. When done, a few drops of grenadine add the remaining 'gross factor' perfect for any spooky occasion. 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
shot glass

ingredients:

1 oz Pickers Vodka
.5 oz Barsmith Lime Juice (or Rose's Lime)
.5 oz Blue Chair Bay Banana Cream Rum
a few drops of grenadine

method:

Combine the vodka and lime with ice and shake briefly to chill. Strain into shot glass. Using a straw, drop the banana cream rum into the glass to create a 'brain' in the glass. Add a few drops of grenadine and serve.

Morgue-arita

We're not typically ones for novelty drinks with silly names and gimmicks. Oh wait...maybe we are. We are talking about booze, after all. 

In a time when everyone seems to take themselves (and their craft) so damn seriously, what's the problem in having a little fun with your cocktails? None. That's what we say. 

So we're putting together a few Halloween cocktails with all the kitsch we can pack into 'em... but don't go thinking just because they have silly names or colorful garnishes that they're not tasty...because they are. 

Take this spin on a margarita for instance. We're using one of our favorite new tequilas, Sangre de Vida. Not only does it come packaged in a very appropriate hand-painted skull, but the shit is seriously tasty. To make it festive, we added some color with Aperol and used black ash salt to rim the glass (find it at specialty food stores or online). 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
rocks glass

ingredients:

1.5 oz Sangre de Vida Blanco Tequila
.75 oz Aperol
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.25 oz agave nectar, plus additional for rimming glass
black ash salt for rimming glass

method:

Rim the glass by dipping the edge in agave nectar and black ash salt. Set aside. Combine tequila, Aperol, lime juice and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and transfer contents to prepared glass. 

Shark Bite Cocktail

It should be pretty obvious at this point that we like to have fun with our booze.

The return of Shark Week on Discovery is exactly the excuse we need to make a cocktail. Shit, we don't really need any excuse, but it's nice to have someone to blame every now and then!

A quick google search of the Shark Bite cocktail will turn up dozens of variations, but we're obviously kinda partial to this one. 

Most of the recipes out there call for sour mix. If you've ever had this shit, you know how damn nasty the bottled stuff usually is. It's full of corn syrup and chemicals and is just nasty as fuck. You can make your own sour mix by bringing 1 cup of water to a boil with 1 cup of sugar and 1.5 cups of lemon and lime juice. When done, chill and keep it in the fridge.

But we just discovered the first sour mix in a bottle that we actually love. Local Nashville company Walker Feed Co. makes a Honeysuckle Sour that is damn good. The honeysuckle flavor is subtle and the sweetness is just right. If you see it, buy it. You'll find a use for it...trust us.

We also used good coconut rum. The Coconut Rum from Sugar Island Rum Co. is naturally-flavored. It makes a difference in this drink tasting more like a beach drink and less like a scented candle. Go get some.

Okay, enough rambling, here's the recipe:

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz Sugar Island Rum Co. Coconut Rum
3 oz Walker Feed Co. Honeysuckle Sour (or homemade)
.5 oz blue curacao
few drops of grenadine 

 

method:

Add rum, blue curacao and sour mix to an ice-filled shaker and give it a quick shake to chill. Strain into a rocks glass with ice and add a few drops of grenadine to simulate blood. That's it.