The arrival of October elicits an array of emotions – some celebrate the arrival of the pumpkin-spiced everything, and pumpkin-haters enjoy figs, brussels, and other fall produce.
Anyone with kids also happens to be a candy connoisseur, like it or not. To celebrate the season, we’ve developed a list cocktail pairings to help you get through the piles of Halloween candy you’ll be stashing away (shhhh… we won’t tell).
And the best part? You can find all these ingredients in the Shipt app if you are in an area that supports delivery from ABC Fine Wine & Spirits. Because when Shipt gets the wine, beer, and spirits, you have more time to enjoy special moments with friends and family.
York Peppermint Patty + White Russian
Coffee and mint have always been friends, and this pairing is no exception. The richness of the cream and the strong coffee flavor of the Kahlua hold their own against the cool mint delivered by the York Peppermint Patty. This pairing delivers a rich mouthfeel and lasting finish that will stick with you all Halloween night!
- 2 oz vodka
- 2 oz Kahlua
- 2 oz cream
Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice. Pour in the vodka and Kahlua. Top with a layer of cream.
Snickers & Old-Fashioned
What’s more old-fashioned than a Snickers for Halloween? Not much. In this pairing, an American classic meets another American classic combining the caramel nuttiness of the Snickers with the sweet corn and oak from the bourbon. Savory and strong, this pairing is sure to please.
- 1 to 2 teaspoons simple syrup (we like simple syrup made with brown sugar)
- 3 dashes bitters (Angostura is great and readily available)
- 2 ounces mid-range bourbon or rye whiskey
- One 2-inch piece of orange peel, optional
- 1 to 2 maraschino cherries, optional
Place simple syrup, bitters and the whiskey in an old-fashioned glass, stir well, then add 1 to 2 large ice cubes. Stir to chill, then garnish with an orange peel and a cherry.
M&Ms and Cherry Champagne Cocktail
Three words: chocolate covered cherry. This drink brings together the familiar subtle chocolate flavors from the M&Ms with a surprisingly bright cherry flavor from the Luxardo and champagne. If you’re a fan of cherry cordials, you’ll love this pairing.
- ½ oz Luxardo
- 4 dashes bitters
- Luxardo cherries garnish
Mix Luxardo and bitters in the bottom of a champagne glass. Float champagne over the top and add a cherry.
Mint Lime Refresher and Starburst
Sour and sweet meets sweet and sour. The lime and mint combine with the simple syrup to create a combination that is perfect for you sour fans out there. The slightly sweet and sour taffy texture of the Starburst stays with you after you’re done and blends perfectly with each sip of this cocktail.
- 2 lime quarters
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 oz simple syrup
- Lime La Croix
- 1 sprig mint
Muddle the mint with the 2 limes in a tall glass. Fill with ice. Add the simple syrup and vodka and stir. Fill the rest of the glass with lime La Croix and enjoy!
Kit Kat and Orange Well Rested
Give me a break: tequila and Kit Kats? Well, believe it. This drink is sweet but packs a punch and is offset nicely by the starchy chocolate covered wafers of the Kit Kat. Like two dance partners that both like to lead but are never out of step, this drink is sure to surprise and delight.
- 2 parts reposado tequila
- 1 part orange liqueur
- 2 dashes aromatic bitters
- 1/4 oz lemon juice
Mix all ingredients in an old-fashioned glass and stir. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon wedge.
Three Musketeers and Grasshopper
Nougat. That sweet marshmallow-y center of a Three Musketeers that divides us like nothing else. Some people love it, and some… not so much. Enter the Grasshopper. This drink tastes like melted mint chip ice cream in a glass. That rich deep mint flavor allows the Three Musketeers to play the role it was meant to, a light and fluffy offset to a strong counterpart. Try them together and you’ll see two opposing forces acting in harmony.
- 1 oz crème de menthe
- 1 oz crème de cacao
- ½ oz cream
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake until chilled. Strain into a martini glass.
Twizzlers & Negroni
The Negroni is having its moment in the sun, and why not? The slightly sweet and bitter Italian drink is the perfect way to whet your appetite. The bright red color and sweet bitter flavor reminded us of one of our Halloween favorites, Twizzlers. When you eat them together you get this wave of sweet to bitter and back to sweet but come on, let’s be serious… we all know you’re going to use the Twizzlers as a straw.
- 1.5 oz gin
- 1.5 oz Campari
- 1.5 oz sweet vermouth
Shake the ingredients together with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel.
Skittles & Lillet Champagne Cocktail
Lillet Blanc is a delightful wine-based spirit that comes from Semillon grapes. When added as a champagne float it brings a sweet and floral note to the drink. The bright citrus flavors of Skittles is just what this drink needs to bring balance and a bit of playfulness. Drop a couple Skittles into the glass and watch as the drink changes colors.
- ½ oz Lillet Blanc
Put ½ oz Lillet in a champagne flute and top with champagne. Drop a skittle into the glass.
Crunch Bar & Cinnamon Apple Ale
One of the hot beer-cocktails right now, the Cinnamon Apple is a must try if you haven’t yet. It is sweet with just a touch of cinnamon and tastes like fall in a bottle. The starchy crunch of the Crunch bar is a nice offset to the cinnamon sweetness of the drink and together they balance for an easy party favorite.
Crunch Bar and Cinnamon Apple Ale
- 1 oz Fireball
- 1 Red’s Apple Ale
Drink the neck out of a red’s apple ale and pour in the fireball shot.
Malt Balls and PB Scotchtini
Malt is similar to nougat in that people either love it or they hate it. This pairing takes the nutty starchiness of the malt and brings balance through the smooth peanut butter and the smoke of the scotch. The Kahlua works to emulsify the peanut butter and scotch while the Luxardo balances the smoky nuttiness with a clean undertone.
- 1.5 oz scotch
- ½ oz Luxardo
- ½ oz Kahlua
- 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter
Shake all ingredients together with ice. Strain through a mesh strainer into a martini glass and serve.
Pimm’s Cup and Sour Patch Kids
Pimm’s is one of those liqueurs that makes people go “what is in this drink!?” A gin with Indian spice flavors, Pimm’s #1 is mixed with cucumber and ginger beer to create the classic Pimm’s Cup cocktail. The spicy-sweet drink balances perfectly with the intense sour of the Sour Patch Kids to create a pairing that was easily a staff favorite.
- About 1 cup ice cubes
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces) Pimm’s No. 1
- 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) ginger beer or ginger ale
- 1 cucumber slice
- 1 sprig fresh mint (5 to 6 leaves)
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add Pimm’s and then top with ginger beer. Garnish with a cucumber slice, a mint sprig, and serve.
Baby Ruth & Zaya Rum & Coke
Not all rum and Coke’s are the same, and Zaya Rum has this subtle spice and wood flavors from the barrel aging that balance perfectly with the caramel and peanuts of the Baby Ruth. Try this pairing for yourself and you’ll be asking “Hey, who ate my Baby Ruth and why is my glass empty?” before you know it.
- 2 oz Zaya Rum
- Lime wedge
Fill a Collins glass with ice. Pour in the rum and top with coke. Garnish with lime!
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