Category Archives: Halloween Cocktails

National Chocolate Day is the perfect time to indulge in candy bar cocktails. This Almond Joy Martini is a lighter flavored version of the real Almond Joy® candy bar with which this has no affiliation.

National Chocolate Day Almond Joy Martini

National Chocolate Day is the perfect time to indulge in candy bar cocktails. This Almond Joy Martini is a lighter flavored version of the real Almond Joy® candy bar with which this has no affiliation.

While the kids prepare for the sweetest day of the year, you can prepare for your own sugar fest. National Chocolate Day hits the calendar a few days ahead of Halloween. Coincidence? I think not.

Call National Chocolate Day an adult trial run to sample a few Halloween candies. We have to make sure the chosen Trick-or-Treat candies meet expectations after all. It would be just awful to hand out a cauldron full of sub-par treats.

Host an adult night out tasting party before the ghouls and goblins come knocking at your door. Grab a handful of chocolate treats and pair them with a few well-chosen candy bar cocktail recipes. This Almond Joy Martini is a lighter flavored version of the real Almond Joy® candy bar with which this has no affiliation. It tickles the lips with light, balanced sweetness.

Almond Joy Martini

National Chocolate Day is the perfect time to indulge in candy bar cocktails. This Almond Joy Martini is a lighter flavored version of the real Almond Joy® candy bar with which this has no affiliation.

Almond Joy Martini – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

1-1/2 ounce Shellback Silver Rum

1/2 ounce Amaretto Liqueur

1/2 ounce Chocolate Liqueur (Godiva Original)

1/2 ounce Cream of Coconut

1 ounce Half & Half

Chocolate Syrup

Shredded Coconut

Swirl chocolate syrup inside a chilled martini glass. Refrigerate while preparing cocktail if possible. Place liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds full of ice. Shake to blend and chill liquids. Strain into chocolate swirled martini glass. Top with small sprinkle of shredded coconut.

A few more candy bar sips you might enjoy: Butterfinger layered shot, Joyous Almond, Tootsie Roll Shot or Gummy Worm Martini, Mini Mint shot, and the Smoretini.

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The Almond Joy Martini recipe was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of The Intoxicologist Corporate Mixology program. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Shellback Rum on this site and at ShellbackRum.com and by following Shellback Rum on Facebook.

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

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 Halloween shot with kiwi, pineapple, lime and bubbly moscato spumante

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