Recipes, Tips, & Tricks for Bringing Your A Game to Holiday Mixology

At Jersey Wine & Spirits we like to help our customers do more than just pick out a bottle of wine, beer, or spirits.  We like to give you information spanning from cocktail party trivia about wine and beer to how to pair.  This week, we’re here with some halloween cocktail recipes to kick off the holiday season.  Check out a few and come visit us to pick up your ingredients!

Halloween Cocktail Recipes With a Punch

If you’re throwing a party and want to provide great drinks you probably think you need to hire a bartender or do it yourself.  But that means doing a lot of mixing, but little mingling with your guests. Here’s the solution: make a big batch of punch and pre-pour and garnish a few so that you can just refresh them once in a while rather than spend the night pouring.

Bowl of Blood

The dark color of currant makes this punch look like, well, a bowl of blood.  It’s easy to make with only four ingredients! Recipe makes 6-8 drinks; scale as needed.

 

You’ll Need

To Make

  • 1 ½ c. brandy

  • ¼ c. sugar

  • 4 c. black currant nectar

  • 1 ½ cold seltzer

In a large bowl stir the brandy and sugar.  Add the nectar and stir to combine.  Pop in the fridge for about an hour (until cold)  Add seltzer just before serving.

 
 

Bobbing for Apples Punch

This punch works for Halloween because of its name but can be served throughout autumn -- it’s a great addition to your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving gathering, too. Makes 6 drinks.

 

You’ll Need

To Make

  • 1 quart apple cider, chilled

  • 1 ¼ c. spiced rum

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice*

  • 1 red apple, thinly sliced

In either a pitcher or punch bowl, combine all ingredients except for apple and let chill for no more than 12 hours.  Serve over ice and garnish with apple slices (in punch and individual glasses)

*Don’t leave this out!

Classic Cocktail Recipes with a Spooky Twist

Changing an ingredient or just a name can make a cocktail more suitable for Halloween and be lots of fun to write on an invite or menu.  Here are two dark cocktails that are perfect, varied offerings for a party.

Dark & Stormy Night

This is a spicy drink sure to keep everyone warm and spirits high.  This recipe makes 16 services.  

You’ll Need

To Make

  • 8 c. ginger beer (not ale!) for ice cubes

  • 8 c. ginger beer (not ale!)

  • 4 c. dark rum

  • ½ c. fresh lime juice

  • Thinly sliced lime

At least a day before your party pour 8 cups of ginger beer into 4 ice cube trays and pop into the freezer.

 

Stir ginger beer, run, and lime juice together in a pitcher.  Serve with 3-4 ginger beer ice cubes and garnish with lime.

Black Velvet

This is an unexpected cocktail.  It’s strange combo of ingredients and dark look, complex taste and texture and general awesomeness will also make it unforgettable!  This halloween cocktail recipe is for 1 drink, so you’ll want to just stock up on the ingredients -- luckily they are simple and there’s only two!

 

You’ll Need

To Make

  • 3 oz. stout

  • 3 oz. dry sparkling wine

Pour beer into a large flute or other tall glass.  Slowly top with sparkling wine and then stir gently.

Monster Martinis

Martinis are festive… there’s just something about that glass and the way a drink looks in it that brings any party to the next level.  Here are three great halloween cocktail recipes in the form of martinis.  These take a little more work but are great for small gatherings.

Pumpkin Spice Martini

What’s Halloween (or Thanksgiving) without some pumpkin? The real pumpkin in this drink is the icing on the cake -- no artificial flavors.  The recipe is for one drink, and it takes about 5 minutes to make.

 

You’ll Need

To Make

  • 1 tbspn sugar

  • ¼ tspn pumpkin pie spice

  • 3 tbspon vodka

  • 2 tbspn half and half

  • 1 tbspn canned pure pumpkin puree

  • 1 tbspn maple syrup

  • ¼ tspn pure vanilla extract

  1. On a plate mix the sugar, ⅛ tspn pumpkin pie spice.

  2. Dip rim of chilled martini glass in water, dip in sugar/spice mix to coat rim.

  3. Fill a shaker with ice, combine vodka, half and half, puree, syrup, vanilla, remaining ⅛ pumpkin pie spike.

  4. Shake it up and then strain into the rimmed glass.

Vampire Kiss Martini

Semi Homemade guru Sandra Lee created this champagne cocktail -- its transparency makes it an excellent one to finish with fun garnishes.  This Halloween cocktail recipe yields one drink but is fairly quick and easy to make.

 

You’ll Need

To Make

  • 1 part raspberry liqueur

  • 1 part vodka

  • 1 part Champagne

  • Black licorice, wax teeth, candy corn, blood orange slices

In a chilled martini glass, pour raspberry liqueur, vodka, and end with champagne.  Garnish with any of the suggestions.

 

Whether you’re celebrating with a few friends or a big bunch, visit Jersey Wine & Spirits to get the ingredients you need for any of these awesome Halloween cocktail recipes.