Cocktail Tricks and Treats for Halloween

VIDEO: Cocktail Tricks and Treats

By Stefan Doyno

Josh Brandenburg, mixologist at Forty Four at Royalton Hotel in New York City, shakes up some Halloween-themed cocktails, so good they're scary.

Halloween might center on dressing up and eating as much candy as your stomach can handle, but that doesn't mean it's only a holiday for kids. Adults can have fun too. If you are throwing a party, make sure to entertain the over-21 crowd with some of these Halloween-themed drinks. Below you will find the drink recipes we featured in our video with Josh Brandenburg from Bar Forty Four at Royalton in New York City. Beware, they're so good they're scary.

The Corpse Revivalist

Here is what you'll need:

1/4 ounce lemon juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1/2 ounce blood-orange puree

3/4 ounce cantaloupe puree

1 1/2 ounce Grey Goose Vodka

Orange Peel


Combine all ingredients. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass and garnish with a flamed orange peel.

The Forbidden Fruit

Start out by hallowing out a an apple. Be careful not to break through the peel, as this will be used as your drinking utensil.

You also want to be able to bite into the apple later on.

1/4 ounce Cedilla

1/2 ounce spice-infused syrup (simple syrup infused with clove, all-spice and cinnamon)

1 ounce Black Dirt Applejack

1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Ground fresh cinnamon

Combine all ingredients. Shake. Strain contents into the hallowed apple. Drizzle homemade *caramel on top and let cool in freezer for one hour.

*Caramel Recipe

For this recipe you will need two large cooking pans.

4 1/2 cups heavy cream

3 ounces of butter

6 tablespoons sea salt

3 tablespoon sugar

6 3/4 cups sugar

Some water

Step One: You're going to combine the heavy cream, butter, sea salt and 3 tablespoons of sugar into one large cooking pan, then bring to a boil. Set aside.

Step Two: In a second large cooking pan, pour the rest of the sugar and moisten with water until consistency resembles wet sand. Once mixed to desired consistency, place over high heat until cooked down to a golden, amber color.

Step Three: Once contents have reached desired color above, pour in your heavy cream mixture. Make sure to stir vigorously.

Let it cool.

Witches' Brew

1/2 ounce lime juice

1/2 ounce Bolthouse Pumpkin Spice Latte

1 ounce pumpkin agave nectar (slow cook pumpkin in agave nectar, add water, puree and strain)

1 1/2 ounce Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum

Fresh nutmeg


Combine all ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass. Garnish with some freshly shaven nutmeg.

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