Halloween is just around the corner, and we can finally move on from pumpkin-spiced everything. To celebrate the spooky season, we’ve developed a list cocktail pairings to help you get through the piles of sweets…with a well-balanced beverage!
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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!
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.
- 1-2 tsp Simple Syrup (we like simple syrup made with brown sugar)
- 3 dashes Bitters (Angostura is great and readily available)
- 2 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
- 1 2-inch piece Orange Peel (optional)
- 1-2 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 + 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 for garnish
Mix Luxardo and bitters in the bottom of a Champagne flute. Float Champagne over the top and add a cherry.
Mint Lime Refresher + 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 Mint Sprig
Muddle the mint with the lime 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 + 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.
Mix all ingredients in an old-fashioned glass and stir. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon wedge.
Three Musketeers + 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 chocolate 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.
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice 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.
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.
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.
Malt Balls + 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.
Shake all ingredients together with ice. Strain through a mesh strainer into a martini glass and serve.
Pimm’s Cup + 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.
- 1 cup Ice
- 1/4 cup Pimm’s No. 1
- 6 tbsp Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale
- 1 Cucumber Slice
- 1 sprig Fresh Mint (5-6 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 Cokes 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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