Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Try The Best Halloween Cocktails

Of all the holidays, Halloween ranks #5 in terms of overall alcohol consumption. Something while you think about your costume and then put on your costume.  The parties, the neighborhood events, all very boozy and fun.  But why not kick it up a notch?  Avoid campy drinks and go for an updated classic. Try the best Halloween cocktails for you to enjoy and share with your ghoulish friends.

Created by two innovative bartenders and book creator  Piper/Keller, these cocktails are based on the upgraded classic recipes with an emphasis on pulling ingredients from the gastronomically diverse world. These drinks will add some fun to your hectic Halloween weekend  Have the Black Bomber with your brunch and relax in the afternoon with, well, the Death in the Afternoon.  Save the Sherry Twist Cocktail #1 for your pre-funk before a night out doing the Monster Mash!

Death in the Afternoon

Photo by Frankie Frankeny
Photo by Frankie Frankeny
  • ¼  ounce pastis, preferably Pernod
  • Champagne

Pour the Pernod into a champagne flute and fill with Champagne

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Black Bomber

Photo by Frankie Frankeny
Photo by Frankie Frankeny
  • 1 shot espresso
  • ¼  ounce anisette
  • 1 ½ ounces light gin
  • dash of orange bitters (optional)
  • 3 espresso beans for garnish

Add ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.  The drink will be foamy, top the foam with the coffee beans.

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Sherry Twist Cocktail #1

Photo by Frankie Frankeny
Photo by Frankie Frankeny
  • 1 ounce sherry
  • ½ ounce brandy
  • ½ ounce French dry vermouth
  • ¼ ounce Cointreau
  • ¼ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish

Combine all the ingredients but the cinnamon stick in an ice filled cocktail shaker.  Shake until cold, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with the cinnamon stick.  Serves one.


Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in the US by Entertainment Weekly , Frankie captures images for some of the best names in culinary.  

Frankie has helped create: The Art of the Bar: Cocktails Based on the Classics;The Model Bakery Cookbook; Miette: Recipes from San Francisco’s Most Charming Pastry Shop; The Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook and The Star Wars Cookbook Series. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


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