Category Archives: Halloween Cocktails

Vampire’s Delight

Vampire’s Delight is simple, uncomplicated and delicious. It stays within the realm of sophisticated style and keeps your Halloween party simply tastefully trendy.

Halloween cocktails take on eerie effect with bubbling cauldrons filled with dry ice, floating eyeballs and martini glasses glowing with concoctions of ghastly greens and appalling blood red. Sometimes the flavor combinations necessary to create such frightening presentations are as horrific to swallow as they are to look at. But that isn’t necessary.

Vampire’s Delight is simple, uncomplicated and delicious. Raspberry and raspberry puree are as ghoulish as this drink gets. It stays within the realm of sophisticated style and keeps your Halloween party simply tastefully trendy.

Vampire’s Delight

Vampire’s Delight

1-1/4 ounce Smirnoff Vodka

1/4 ounce Grenadine

3-1/4 ounce Ginger Ale

Lime Juice

Raspberry

Raspberry Puree*

Combine vodka, grenadine and splash of lime or 1/2 fresh lime squeezed into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into a tall glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with lime wedge and fresh raspberry. Drizzle raspberry puree over the top.

*Purchase raspberry puree or make your own by muddling a few raspberries with simple syrup.

Recipe and drink photo provided by representatives of Smirnoff. Recipe card created by Cheri Loughlin

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Moscato Monster Mash

Moscato Monster Mash Halloween shot with kiwi, pineapple, lime and bubbly moscato spumante

Moscato Monster Mash Shot

I love Halloween. And there is a specific song that always comes to mind this time of year; Monster Mash. It was obviously the inspiration behind this Moscato Monster Mash recipe. So please indulge my geeky behavior for a moment…

Moscato Monster Mash

I was mixing behind the bar a few weeks ago

And popped the cork on a bottle of moscato

A kiwi, pineapple and lime joined in

With some sugary bits for a cocktail rim

I peeled, quartered, juiced and mashed

Poured the bubbly and made a splash

The mixture glowed an eerie green

With floating flecks of black kiwi seed

I sipped, swished and gave it a taste

A shot like this I could not waste

It’s crisp, light and tangy sweet

The perfect Halloween party treat

So, now try to get the Monster Mash song out of your head. Yeah, I can’t either.

It is things like this that play around in my head while I’m trying to be all serious creating cocktails and then write about them. So now you know. Sometimes serious is just impossible. I’m going to go play the real Monster Mash song now and find a Frankenstein movie to watch.

Do the Moscato Monster Mash

Moscato Monster Mash Halloween shot with kiwi, pineapple, lime and bubbly moscato spumante

Moscato Monster Mash – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1 Kiwi – peeled and quartered

1-1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

3/4 ounce Simple Syrup

3 ounces Bubbly Moscato Spumante

Sugar Rim Garnish

Rim decorative glass with fresh lime and dip into sugar. Discard lime. Set aside glass. Muddle kiwi in bottom of cocktail shaker. Add juices and simple syrup with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into sugar rimmed glass. Top with Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante.

Optional: Divide the drink between two glasses and serve this as a nifty green monster shot.

Repurpose Your Drink

A dual purpose holiday to keep in mind for this lovely green shot is St. Patrick’s Day. There isn’t anything Irish about the drink, but the green will keep the pinch happy people away. If that’s what you want anyway. Perhaps you prefer pinching?!

I used Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante during the creation process. You can find more of my original Barefoot Wine & Bubbly recipes by following the link.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com

Repurposing the Zombie

Zombie - Walking Dead excellent adapted drink for Halloween parties. Repurpose this drink for football tailgate parties by calling it the 1st and 10.

Classic Zombie adapted to the Walking Dead – perfect for Halloween Parties

The classic Zombie rum cocktail is a heavily over-proof cocktail. The name makes it a perfect drink for Halloween parties. But you don’t want your guests stumbling around like the walking dead.

Adding more fruit juice to the recipe brings a little balance to the drink. This variation of the Zombie recipe includes Apricot brandy and brown sugar syrup. Molasses could be used in place of brown sugar syrup for deeper flavor. Bitters lend a hand by layering a little spiced flavor throughout the drink.

Walking Dead Halloween Drink

Zombie - Walking Dead excellent adapted drink for Halloween parties. Repurpose this drink for football tailgate parties by calling it the 1st and 10.

Walking Dead – multiply the ingredients for party serve

Walking Dead – adaption by Cheri Loughlin

1 ounce Shellback Spiced Rum

1 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

3/4 ounce Apricot Brandy

1/2 ounce Cointreau (Premium Orange Liqueur)

2 ounces Orange Juice

2 ounces Pineapple Juice

1 ounce Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Brown Sugar Syrup

2 dashes Classic Bitters – optional

Cherry Garnish

Combine all ingredients except garnish in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds full of ice. Shake to blend. Strain into a hurricane glass. Garnish with a cherry. Optional garnishes could include orange slice or pineapple.

Repurpose that Drink

I am a big fan of finding new uses for things. Cocktails are no different. Why leave this drink to just a classic Zombie or adapt it to a Walking Dead for Halloween and call it good? It would be a shame to let this recipe sit on the shelf for an entire year and only serve it for Halloween. So what else is it good for?

Sure, there’s that popular television series people talk about by the same name. Buy a season or two on DVD, host a watch party and serve these Walking Dead drinks. Guests will love them!

But then I counted. There are 10 ingredients in this drink. Perfect for football and tailgate parties… Rename this drink the 1st and 10, multiply the ingredients so it serves a crowd and you’ve got the perfect serve for game day.

See, every drink has a purpose. Sometimes it can be repurposed.

This repurposed Zombie cocktail recipe was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of the Corporate Mixology program offered by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Shellback Rum on this site and at ShellbackRum.com and by following Shellback Rum on Facebook.

All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com