Category Archives: Halloween Cocktails

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail

Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail could easily skip the crushed cookie chocoloate rim for easier serve, less mess. Skip garnish all together or garnish with cookie on the side or candy kiss speared on cocktail pick. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail could easily skip the crushed cookie chocoloate rim for easier serve, less mess. Skip garnish all together or garnish with cookie on the side or candy kiss speared on cocktail pick. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake is a most appropriate bakery treat for Halloween party season. It is dark, decadent and devilishly delicious. But in my opinion, the cake is the bones of the treat. So in this case, the cake is the cocktail. The heart of what I like about dessert.

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail uses flavor inspiration from the cake and whips up a little liquid magic. It is sweet and scrumptious like the dark and delicious chocolate cake. But this Devil’s treat takes minimal preparation time and no time wasted waiting on the oven to preheat. Pour, shake and enjoy. That’s no trick. Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail is pure treat.

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail Recipe

Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail: Chocolate and Vanilla Vodka, Hazelnut and Coffee Liqueur, Creme de Cacao and crushed chocolate cookie garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail: Chocolate and Vanilla Vodka, Hazelnut and Coffee Liqueur, Creme de Cacao and crushed chocolate cookie garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail – recipe by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

1 ounce Three Olives Chocolate Vodka

1/2 ounce Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka

1 ounce Bols Brown Crème de Cacao

1/2 ounce Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

1/4 ounce Kahlua Especial Coffee Liqueur

Crushed Oreo Cookies Garnish

Crush cookies and cream cookies to fine texture. Lightly moisten outside rim of cocktail glass with hazelnut or coffee liqueur. Dip rim in crushed cookies. Set cocktail glass aside. Place vodkas, crème de cacao and liqueurs in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into prepared glass.

Creamy Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail Variation

Take the Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail on into the winter holiday season by adding heavy whipping cream to the recipe for a white creamy cocktail version. Serve martini style or opt for on the rocks serve with cacao nib garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Take the Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail on into the winter holiday season by adding heavy whipping cream to the recipe for a white creamy cocktail version. Serve martini style or opt for on the rocks serve with cacao nib garnish. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Make this Devil may care cocktail work for you during the entire winter holiday season. Add 1 ounce Heavy Whipping Cream to the recipe above. Shake with ice along with the vodkas, crème de cacao and liqueurs. Strain into a chilled martini glass (crushed cookie rim optional) or strain into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with sprinkle of cacao nibs for a little bitter chocolate bite to the sweetened cocktail.

The creamy white texture and snowball color pair perfectly with wintry holidays. This variation of the Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail makes a great holiday party cocktail. It could also be garnished with a mint leave rather than cacao nibs to add a hint of festive green!

Add heavy whipping cream to the Devil's Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail and serve martini style or on the rocks variation and creamier cocktail. Garnish with cacao nibs. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Add heavy whipping cream to the Devil’s Double Chocolate Cake Cocktail and serve martini style or on the rocks variation and creamier cocktail. Garnish with cacao nibs. {recipe and photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

I used Three Olives Vodka, Smirnoff Vodka, Bols Liqueur, Frangelico, Kahlua, Oreo Cookie and Hiland Dairy brands while creating this cocktail. Use the brands you have on hand and are the most comfortable using when recreating this recipe at home. The taste results should be close to the same.

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Emerald Dragon Cocktail

The Black Martini is more appropriately named the Emerald Dragon Cocktail since the ingredients turn a lovely shade of emerald green when mixed. Perfect for Halloween, Christmas or St. Patrick's Day. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

The Black Martini is more appropriately named the Emerald Dragon Cocktail since the ingredients turn a lovely shade of emerald green when mixed. Perfect for Halloween, Christmas or St. Patrick’s Day. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

As I sorted through cocktail recipes in anticipation of Halloween, I came across one with a very promising name; the Black Martini. The Black Martini seemed easy enough with three ingredients. It also sounded tasty with black raspberry liqueur and blue curacao. There was one slight problem in mixing the Black Martini. The Black Martini did not make a black drink. But it makes a brilliantly beautiful emerald green cocktail.

Emerald Dragon Cocktail is also known as the Black Martini made with Vodka, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur and Blue Curacao. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Emerald Dragon Cocktail is also known as the Black Martini made with Vodka, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur and Blue Curacao. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

So the Black Martini slips on a Halloween costume and becomes the Emerald Dragon Cocktail. Don’t be fooled by the clever disguise. They are one and the same.

The Emerald Dragon is rather sweet and completely made up of alcohol. Be sure to shake this drink enough to ensure proper ice melt in the drink. I also sampled this recipe with splash of fresh squeezed lime juice (approximately 1/4 ounce) to cut the sweetness factor a bit. A little more could also be added. The lime juice did not change the emerald green color at all.

This drink could also be served on the rocks with squeeze of lime, splash of club soda and served with lime twist garnish. The color makes this drink an excellent choice for Halloween, but also festive enough for Christmas parties and an alternative green drink for St. Patrick’s Day.

Emerald Dragon Cocktail Recipe

Emerald Dragon Cocktail is also known as the Black Martini made with Vodka, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur and Blue Curacao. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Emerald Dragon Cocktail – Black Martini {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist}

Emerald Dragon

2 ounces Vodka

1 ounce Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur

1/2 ounce Blue Curacao Liqueur

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to thoroughly blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Emerald Dragon Cocktail contains Vodka of your choice, black raspberry liqueur and blue curacao. Shake well for plenty of water inclusion in this rather strong and sweet festive cocktail. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

Emerald Dragon Cocktail contains Vodka of your choice, black raspberry liqueur and blue curacao. Shake well for plenty of water inclusion in this rather strong and sweet festive cocktail. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. www.intoxicologist.net}

I used Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur while sampling this cocktail. Use brands of your choice when duplicating this recipe at home. The recipe should taste similar, but color could vary slightly due to variations in brand formulations.

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White Witch

Stripped down, the White Witch is basically the ever popular classic Daiquiri cocktail with hints of chocolaty orange flavor. Club soda thins it out a bit, giving this Halloween cocktail fabulous feel good flavor. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist - www.intoxicologist.net}

Halloween cocktails usually ooze grotesque looking fake blood and gore. They are garnished with creepy eyeballs, bloodied fingers and frozen spiders. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! I’ve shared quite a few eerie Halloween shots and cocktails with you through the years. They are fun! Halloween should be fun. But the drinks should also be appetizing, delicious and easy to drink without being super messy. Who wants to lose their cookies just looking at their bubbling brains drink?

Dress your drink with simple colors suitable to the occasion. This keeps the glass presentable, festive and less messy. White Witch Halloween Cocktails - {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist - www.intoxicologist.net}

Garnish your drink with simple colors suitable to the occasion. This keeps the glass presentable, festive and less messy. White Witch Halloween Cocktails – {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist – www.intoxicologist.net}

Seldom do we think of sophisticated drink options when considering cocktails for Halloween parties. But there are choices that go beyond blood, guts and gore. Stripped down, the White Witch is basically the ever popular classic Daiquiri cocktail. It is rum, sugar, lime juice. White Witch swirls just a smidgen of chocolaty orange in the recipe, then thins it out a bit with club soda. The result is fabulous!

White Witch Drink Recipe

Stripped down, the White Witch is basically the ever popular classic Daiquiri cocktail with hints of chocolaty orange flavor. Club soda thins it out a bit, giving this Halloween cocktail fabulous feel good flavor. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist - www.intoxicologist.net}

Stripped down, the White Witch is basically the ever popular classic Daiquiri cocktail with hints of chocolaty orange flavor. Club soda thins it out a bit, giving this Halloween cocktail fabulous feel good flavor. {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist – www.intoxicologist.net}

White Witch

1 ounce Silver Rum

1/2 ounce Premium Orange Liqueur

1/2 ounce White Crème de Cacao

1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice

1-1/2 ounce Club Soda

Combine rum, orange liqueur, crème de cacao and lime juice in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with orange and lime slices. This drink can also be built over ice rather than shaken for speedier finish.

White Witch Halloween Cocktails - {photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist - www.intoxicologist.net}

I used Shellback Silver Rum, O3 Premium Orange Liqueur and DeKuyper Crème de Cacoa while sampling this cocktail. Taste may vary slightly depending on the brand you choose for recreating the drink.

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Skittle Shot

Skittle Shot 076 is a fun candy themed shot ideal for Halloween parties, celebrating PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness month and of course raising a toast to National Vodka Day. - photo credit to Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Skittle Shot – photo credit: Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

October 4 is also known as National Vodka Day. Holidays like this are serious stuff in the drinks business. Liquor holidays give Happy Hour purpose. We aren’t just tippling cocktails here. We celebrate the spirit of the drink. But, instead of bringing you serious mixology inspired by classic cocktails, I opted for a little candy cocktail fun. The month of October is full of celebration inspiration. The Skittle Shot just seemed to rise to the occasion. Mix it and raise a toast to…

National Vodka Day… there is vodka in this little shot.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month… drink PINK proudly!

Halloween… you know it is all about the candy.

Skittle Shot Recipe

Skittle Shot is a fun candy themed shot ideal for Halloween parties, celebrating PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness month and of course raising a toast to National Vodka Day. - photo credit to Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Skittle Shot is a fun candy themed shot ideal for Halloween parties, celebrating PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness month and of course raising a toast to National Vodka Day. – photo credit to Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Skittle Shot

1/2 ounce Vodka

1/4 ounce Crème de Banana

1/2 ounce Cranberry Juice

1/2 ounce Sour Mix (homemade recipe)

1 teaspoon Grenadine (homemade recipe)

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into large shot glass, pony or small rocks glass (no ice). The Skittle shot could also be divided and shared between two regular sized shot glasses.

The banana flavor does not overwhelm the shot, but does shine through a little more than the others. If you want to cut back a little, use 1 teaspoon crème de banana instead of 1/4 ounce crème de banana. Rule of thumb: It is easier to add more to a recipe, than take it away after the fact.

Skittle Shot 064 is a fun candy themed shot ideal for Halloween parties, celebrating PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness month and of course raising a toast to National Vodka Day. - photo credit to Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

As far as I know the Skittle Shot is in no way affiliated with the candy by the same name. This shot can be found in numerous print recipe books.

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Cheeky Tart

If you love Caramel Apple cocktails then the Cheeky Tart shot is right up your alley. Cheeky Tart might be a small shot sip, but it’s caramel apple through and through. This particular shot was inspired by a guest at a Girl’s Night Out party. Seems highly appropriate to add to your Girl’s Night Out list of go-to drinks.

Cheeky Tart Shot Recipe

Cheeky Tart 1 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Cheeky Tart – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Recipe inspired by Kelly T.

3/4 ounce Sour Apple Schnapps

3/4 ounce Butterscotch Schnapps

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into shot glass.

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