BOO-UTIFUL COCKTAIL RECIPES for This Season of Fun and Frights

If you’re getting in the mood for some spooky fun or just feel ready to sit back and relish a fall cocktail, here are ten recipes that you can try out.  At home mixology skills prove to be useful when family and friends gather.  These festive autumn drinks are very pleasing and attractive too. We have included the links to the spirits so you can explore choices for your home bar.

Casa Candy


2 oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice
.5 oz. Blue Curacao by Kavlana 
.25 oz. Simple Syrup
1 rock candy stick

Method: Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Add ice, shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Garnish with rock candy stick. 


Mystic Moon


1 oz Whiskeysmith Chocolate
1 oz Old Elk Straight Wheat Whiskey 
1 oz Cold brew
.50 oz brown sugar simple syrup (1:1 water to brown sugar ratio)
2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Method: In mixing glass stir all ingredients for 20 seconds, double strain into chilled coupe with a ice ball, garnish with orange oil.



Dress It Up


2 oz Whiskeysmith Blood Orange 
1 oz Whiskeysmith Coconut 
.50 oz fresh lime juice
.50 oz brown sugar simple syrup (1:1 sugar to water ratio)
2 dash of black Walnut Bitters

Method: Shake all ingredients together, pour into multiple shot glasses.


Bloody Carrie


1 oz Shishito Pepper Infused Whiskeysmith Pineapple 
1 oz Tequila Blanco
4 oz Bloody Mary mix
.25 oz fresh lime juice

Method: Rim glass with ancho chili lime rub, add ice to glass, pour ingredients in and stir. Garnish with shishito pepper and lime wheel.


Starless Skycreated by Jes Gutierrez-Switaj


1 oz El Bandido Yankee Blanco
1 oz Bumbu XO Rum
.5 oz Sour Cherry Liqueur
.25 oz Allspice Dram
.25 oz Orgeat
.25 oz Lime Juice

4 Blackberries

Method: Muddle blackberries, rum and orgeat. Fine strain and set aside. Pour sour cherry liqueur and allspice dram into the bottom of a glass. Fill the glass halfway with crushed or nugget ice. Pour in blackberry mixture. Fill the glass the rest of the way with ice. Top off with El Bandido Yankee blanco tequila and lime juice. Garnish with carbonized star fruit slice, or something equally spooky.


Forest For the Treescreated by Ben Rojo


1.5 oz Don Papa Rum 
.75 oz lime
.25 oz alpine amaro (e.g. Braulio)
.25 oz ginger syrup

Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously to combine, then strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass. Top with 3 oz of dry pear cider, then garnish with a dash of Angostura bitters and a lime twist.


Cardamom Mulled Winecreated by Deena Sayers


1 oz Chambord 
6 oz Red Wine
1 oz Apple Juice
1 Bag of Chai Tea
0.25 Teaspoon of Cardamom & Black Pepper Combined

Method: Combine all ingredients in a pot and whisk well. Heat it on a very low setting. Once you start to smell the aromatics, give the mixture a stir and serve! Garnish with a lemon wheel.


Ilegal Mezcal Margarita 


2oz Ilegal Mezcal Joven
1 oz Lime Juice 
1/2 oz Agave Nectar 

Method:Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake. Pour the contents into a rocks glass over ice with a pre-salted rim. 


Mezcal Old Fashioned


2 oz Ilegal Mezcal Reposado
0.5 oz maple syrup
5 dashes Angostura
Orange or grapefruit peel

Method: Add all Ingredients in mixing glass. Stir with ice until chilled. Serve in rocks glass over ice. Garnish with orange or grapefruit peel.


Equiano Smoking Mai Tai


2 oz Equiano Original Rum
1 oz Fresh lime juice
1?2 oz Orgeat Syrup
1?4 oz Orange Liqueur
1?4 oz Sugar Syrup

Method: Place all ingredients in a shaker tin. Add ice and shake vigorously to marry ingredients and chill beverage.  Strain into your glass.


Raise a glass of your favorite fall cocktail and enjoy!

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Marina Kennedy began her writing career when her four children were grown and she returned to college to study in the humanities. She is delighted to be a contributor for Woman Around Town. The majority of her articles focus on the culinary scene, theatre, and travel. Marina and her husband Chuck enjoy the rich cultural experiences of the New York metro area and beyond. She hopes that readers like reading her articles as much as she enjoys writing them.