Spook-tacular Sips for Halloween

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    NEWSLETTERS

    "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker" -- Ogden Nash, "Reflections on Ice-Breaking."

    We agree with Nash, especially when breaking the ice on October 31st. When you're in the mood for a creepy cocktail, these recipes should help fill up your cauldron.

    The Dark and Spooky

    Black decorating sugar, for the glass
    Juice of 1 lime plus 1 lime wedge
    1/4 cup dark rum
    1/4 cup ginger beer or all-natural ginger ale

    Spread out the black sugar on a small plate. Rub the lime wedge around the rim of a rocks glass and dip the glass in the black sugar.  Fill with ice. Combine rum and lime juice in a cocktail shaker.  Fill with ice and shake well.  Strain into the glass, top the drink with ginger beer and garnish with a gummy spider. (Food Network)


    Candy Corn Cordials

    For infused vodka:

    1/2 cup candy corn
    1 1/2 cups vodka

    For the cordials:
    2 ounces orange liqueur
    Juice of 1/2 lemon
    1 large egg white

    Infuse the vodka: Combine the candy corn and vodka in an airtight container; set aside for at least 3 hours, then strain.
    Make the cordials:  Add 4 oz. of the candy corn vodka, the orange liqueur, lemon juice and egg white to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake vigorously for 30 seconds then strain into 2 chilled martini glasses.  Garnish with candy corn. (Food Network Magazine)


    The Halloween Hott Rodd

    Layer the following in a highball glass.  Pour over the back of a spoon to keep the layers nice and neat:

    1 oz. Godiva liqueur
    1 oz. Caravella Orangecello

    1 oz. Patrón Citrónge

    Finally, drizzle in a little white chocolate sauce and garnish with an orange twist. (Rodd Gray, Lake Highlands)


    Candied Apple Martini



    Combine the following in a cocktail shaker over ice:



    1 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
    1/2 oz. Goldschlager
    1/2 oz. DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker
    splash of pineapple juice
    splash of cranberry juice

    Shake to chill and serve straight up in a martini glass.  (Jana Miller, II Charlies Bar & Grill, Denton)


    Wicked Witch on the Rocks

    1/3 oz. gingerbread liqueur

    1/3 oz. Frangelico

    1/3 oz. Baileys Irish Cream

    Combine first two liqueurs over ice and top with Baileys.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick.  (Jana Miller, II Charlies Bar & Grill, Denton)


    Three Olives Diablo Rojo

    Combine 2 oz. Three-O Tomato Vodka and desired amount of Bloody Mary Mix over ice.  Add a few dashes of hot sauce and sliced jalapenos.  Garnish with speared peppers.  (Three Olives Vodka)


    DeKuyper Creepy Cosmo

    1 Part DeKuyper Signature Triple Sec
    3 Parts Hornitos Tequila
    1 Part cranberry juice
    Splash lime juice

    Combine ingredients in an ice-filled shaker.  Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.  (DeKuyper USA)