What’s better than some spooky cocktails for your halloween party?! We are loving these scary drinks created by Colleen Jeffers of Good Drink. She has mastered two craft cocktails that will take your holiday party to the next level. These cocktails aren’t only delicious, but they are seriously gorgeous as well! The little details will make these spooky drinks look like they took much more time and effort than they actually did. We are seriously loving the spider web and black sprinkles that make up the drink decor. Check out Colleen’s drink recipes below, we can’t wait to recreate these!
“Can we all just agree that Halloween is the fun little sister of the prissier fall/winter holidays? She may be a bit of a hot mess, but she doesn’t judge. Plus, she’s got so much built-in kitsch and drama (hello, mandatory costumes?!) that no one has to take themselves too seriously around her. My table may look tasteful and refined for Thanksgiving, but on Halloween you can bet it will be covered in cobwebs and bat confetti, and to me that is a WIN.
Nothing says Halloween like a party (even if it’s just a sweatpants and scary movie night with the hubs), and nothing says party like holiday-themed drinks. To make things easy, these cocktails use the same simple syrup which is an absolute breeze to make.
First up is the Quick Demise, a carrot-y dream that will have you reaching for a second glass before you probably should (pace yourself, kemosabe). I’m obsessed with its perfect orange hue and crisp, refreshing tang. Squeeze the citrus beforehand so when you’re thirsty you can just measure, shake and pour.
Second is the White Widow, who deserves her reputation as a killer. This one is a twist on the Ramos Gin Fizz and requires a whole lotta shaking, but trust me on this: it is SO. VERY. WORTH IT. The shaking produces a cream so thick you can (and should!) eat it with a spoon. It looks like dessert, but don’t be alarmed — it’s actually pretty dry, not at all sickly sweet like many creamy drinks out there. If your night is building to some sort of grand finale, this should be it.”
GINGER CARDAMOM SYRUP RECIPE
- 1.5 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 inches ginger root peeled and sliced into rounds
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- Bring the water, sugar, and ginger to a simmer over medium heat.
- Once the sugar has dissolved completely, let the mixture simmer for another five minutes.
- Remove from heat, stir in cardamom, cover and let cool.
- That’s it! Store it in your fridge — it’s delicious in coffee as well.
QUICK DEMISE RECIPE
- 1.5 oz vodka
- 1 oz carrot juice
- 1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
- .75 oz ginger cardamom simple syrup (recipe follows)
- .5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- splash of seltzer or club soda
- black sugar sprinkles for the rim
- Add everything but the seltzer to a cocktail shaker with ice and give it a good few shakes.
- Pour over ice into a rocks glass rimmed with black sugar sprinkles (look in the seasonal Halloween displays if you can’t find it in a regular baking aisle), then top with a splash of seltzer or club soda.
WHITE WIDOW RECIPE
- 1.5 oz gin
- 1 oz heavy cream
- 1 oz coconut water
- .5 oz ginger cardamom syrup
- .5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- .5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 egg white
- black gel icing for garnish
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker but DON’T add ice.
- Shake for literally as long as you can (at least 100 shakes), then add ice to the shaker and shake again, just until chilled.
- Pour into a coupe or martini glass and watch in awe as an incredibly stable, tasty foam forms.
- You can stop there and get drinking, or be a Halloween hero and make a widow’s web garnish.
- Use a small black icing tube (the kind meant for lettering on cakes) to draw 4 concentric circles, then drag a toothpick through the icing in lines radiating outward from the center to make the spokes.
Recipe, Photography and Styling for Best Friends for Frosting by: Colleen Jeffers, Good Drink