Lifestyle Blogger, Monica Lavin, of Lavin Label offers delightfully boozy Halloween cocktail concoctions to impress your guests.
With Halloween around the corner, it’s a wonderful time to start planning your Halloween party, and what better way to get started than by testing some spooky treats inspired by Halloween cocktails? I'm sharing four boozy concoctions ranging from Halloween cocktails to sweet treats that are sure to be crowd pleasers. Just remember that they all contain alcohol so consume responsibly and only serve to your guests who are 21 and up.
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Drunken Rum Apple Cider
One must-have Halloween cocktail is a spiked apple cider. This is a perfect fall cocktail, not only because it revolves around apples, but also because it will warm your guests up while the aroma of apples, cinnamon and pumpkins fills your home. I recently tasted a smooth small batch rum made in the Outer Banks, NC and immediately knew that I wanted to incorporate it into an apple cider cocktail. I love the pecan and honey flavors in Kill Devil Rum, which makes it a necessary ingredient in the Drunken Rum Apple Cider recipe below. Let’s be honest, you don't need to have a party to enjoy a glass of rummy apple cider with this perfect Halloween cocktail recipe. Drunken Rum Apple Cider Recipe Ingredients 1 oz Kill Devil Rum 1 oz Fonseca 10yr Tawny Port 3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters 4 oz Hot Apple Cider 1 Scoop of Pumpkin Butter (which can be found at your local grocery store) Garnish: Gummy Candy Corn Directions Combine the Kill Devil Rum, port, Angostura Bitters, apple cider and pumpkin butter in a glass. Stir well. Garnish with gummy candy corn.
Witches’ Brew Hot Chocolate
If some of your guests still want something to warm them up but pass on the apple cider, offer them spiked hot chocolate with liquor laced pumpkin and ghost marshmallows. If you don't have the time to whip up homemade marshmallows top it with store bought mini orange marshmallows that are easily transformed into pumpkins with a black food safe pen. Witches Brew Hot Chocolate Ingredients 1oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur 1oz Myers Dark Rum 4oz Hot Chocolate Garnish: Freshly Grated Nutmeg or Cinnamon Directions Combine 1 oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, 1 oz. Myers Dark Rum, and 4 oz Hot Chocolate into a classic Irish coffee mug. Stir well and garnish with marshmallows and your choice of freshly grated nutmeg or cinnamon.
Lastly, these Mad Apples with brandy make the perfect addition to any adult Halloween party. For a spooky look, add black food coloring and find twigs from your yard (that are thoroughly washed of course) to use as the skewer. These Mad Apples are a great twist on the classic candy apples that everyone loves. Mad Apples (Yields 6) Ingredients 4 Cups Granulated Sugar ¾ Cups Water ¾ Cups Brandy (Optional) 1 Cup Light Corn Syrup 6 Granny Smith Apples (Unwaxed) Black or Red Food Coloring Directions Grease a piece of baking paper and place on a tray/baking sheet. Insert skewers in all the apples and set aside.In a medium pot, combine the sugar, water, liquor, corn syrup and food coloring and stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture feels smooth when you rub it between your fingers. When the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat up and wash the sides of the pot down with a pastry brush dipped into clean water to prevent crystals from forming. Allow the candy mixture to boil until it reaches the hard crack stage 310°F. Carefully dip the apples into the hot candy mixture and place on the baking paper to set and cool for approximately an hour before serving.
Boozy Ghost Meringues
A festive and easy Halloween treat to prepare for your guests is Boozy Ghost Meringues. Although the recipe only consists of four ingredients, it's sure to make an impact on your guests. You won't need any food coloring to make the ghost meringues, but if you choose to bake the candy corn meringues, make sure to have yellow and orange food coloring nearby. Boozy Ghost Meringues (Yields 1 Dozen) Ingredients 1 Cup Egg Whites 1 ¾ Cup Sugar ¼ Teaspoon Cream of Tartar 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Vodka (Optional) Food Coloring Directions Whisk egg whites and cream of tartar with a mixer on medium-low speed until foamy. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking until sugar dissolves and soft peaks form. Gradually increase speed to medium-high, add vanilla and vodka and whisk until stiff peaks form, 8 to 10 minutes. Add food color to make colors for candy corn or no color for ghosts. Pipe out onto parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 200 °F until meringues are completely dry. Use black food color to add eyes and mouth to ghosts.