Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Halloween Cocktails without the Fright!

Despite getting rid of our plastic pumpkin candy baskets long ago, we can all admit that outgrowing our trusty pirate costume does not mean we outgrew Halloween.

To ensure you aren’t stuck drinking a frightening bowl of ghoulish punch, we’ve rounded up some spooky and sweet cocktail recipes that will trick and treat your guests.

This year, get your guests in the spirit by having them trick-or-treat for some candy cocktails! But you still may want to set limits on how many you can have before bedtime…

Jolly Rancher
2 oz. Three-O Grape Vodka
1 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Cranberry Juice

Combine ingredients with ice and shake. Pour contents into a glass and garnish with an orange wedge.

Gummy Worm Martini
1 ½ oz. Three-O Mango Vodka
1 ½ oz. Three-O Raspberry Vodka
½ oz. Blue Curacao
1 oz. lemon-lime soda

Shake over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Root Beer Barrel
2/3 oz. Three-O Root Beer
Splash root beer

Combine ingredients in a chilled shot glass

Almond Joy
2 oz. Three-O Chocolate Vodka
1 oz. hazelnut liqueur
1 oz. coconut rum

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed with cocoa.

Or… for the adventurous party-goer, using 100 proof liquor makes fiery cocktails perfect for Halloween imbibing.

Made from 100% agave, 1800® Select Silver is the first 100-proof clear tequila available on the market. Unlike other high proof spirits, 1800® Select Silver sustains its alcohol content while maintaining a clear, crisp taste.

The Jack O’Lantern:

1/3 oz. 1800® Select Silver Tequila
1/3 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
1/3 oz. Kahlua
Cinnamon for sprinkling
Carefully layer this shot with Kahlua on the bottom, Bailey's in the middle and the 1800® Select Silver Tequila on the top. Light the tequila on fire and let burn for 15 seconds. Blow out the flame, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Down it, and it’ll make you grin wider than a Jack O’ Lantern.

Black Widow:

1/3 oz. 1800® Select Silver Tequila
1/3 oz. Kahlua
1/3 oz. Peppermint Schnapps

Carefully layer this shot with peppermint on the bottom, Kahlua in the middle, and 1800® Select Silver Tequila on top. Light on fire and extinguish after 15 seconds.

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