October 27, 2019 – Things aren’t quite normal on Halloween and neither are these cocktail recipes designed just for the occasion. Want a Martini? How about an appropriately red one from Belvedere Vodka? Or for a crowd of creatively attired guests, offer creative punch recipes from Nolet’s Gin (frequently voted World’ Best Gin). One recipe is cold, the other is served warm, perfect for a chilly evening.
Besides Vodka and Gin, we’ve got amazing concoctions from Bacardi Rum with The Goblin; an easy tall sipper from Ancho Reyes Verde Liqueur and an interesting riff on the Manhattan with a dash of chocolate thrown in with The Jockey from Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky.
These are the right kind of spirits to commune with on All Hallows Eve.
Anch-u Afraid of the Dark
by Camille Austin, National Ancho Reyes Ambassador
1½ parts Ancho Reyes Verde Liqueur
4 parts Q Grapefruit Soda
Method: Build in a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with a squeeze of lime.
Belvedere Fall Rye Martini
2oz. Belvedere Vodka
.5oz Sweet Vermouth
Method: Combine Belvedere and Sweet Vermouth in a mixing glass with ice. Stir for 25 seconds, strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a cherry.
by Vance Henderson
1 ½ parts Monkey Shoulder Premium Blended Scotch Whisky
¾ part Sweet Vermouth
¼ part Maraschino Liqueur
2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
Garnish with orange twist
Method: Combine ingredients, stir, and strain into a coupe glass or Old Fashioned glass and garnish with an orange twist.
Nolet’s Silver Gin Apple Crisp Punch
26 oz. Nolet’s Silver Gin
13 oz. apple juice or cider
6.5 oz. lime juice
6.5 oz. honey
2 fresh limes, apples (green or red) cinnamon sticks and/or thyme.
Method:Mix all ingredients in an infusion jar (or punch bowl) and stir thoroughly to dissolve honey. Slice limes into wheels and add to jar. Serve over ice, garnished with lime, apple slices or matchsticks, cinnamon sticks and/or thyme.
Nolet’s Silver Gin Hot Apple Cider
For warming up holiday visitors, this recipe can (and should) be made to self-serve. Because the Gin is added in at the end, it’s perfect to serve to non-drinkers as well.
1.5 oz. Nolet’s Silver Gin per cup
1/2 gallon apple cider
3 cups unsweetened cranberry juice
1 sliced orange
1 sliced lemon
1 sliced apple
4 cinnamon sticks
4 cardamom pods
3 star anise pods
1/2 tsp. grated nutmeg
2 inches sliced ginger
Method: Combine all ingredients (except Gin) in a slow cooker or large pot on stove. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to lowest setting/lowest flame. Can be kept warm for hours and will provide a wonderful holiday fragrance. To serve, ladle punch into a mug or teacup with 1.5 oz. of Nolet’s Silver Gin, and garnish with fruit slices, cranberries, cinnamon or star anise pods.
1.5 parts Bacardi Superior Rum
0.5 part Midori Liqueur
0.5 part Reàl Coco*
0.5 part fresh lime juice
2 parts Dole pineapple juice
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with bat or ghost gummies.