Spook-tacular Sips for Halloween

"Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker" -- Ogden Nash, "Reflections on Ice-Breaking."

We agree with Nash, especially when breaking the ice on October 31st. When you're in the mood for a creepy cocktail, these recipes should help fill up your cauldron.

The Dark and Spooky

Black decorating sugar, for the glass
Juice of 1 lime plus 1 lime wedge
1/4 cup dark rum
1/4 cup ginger beer or all-natural ginger ale

Spread out the black sugar on a small plate. Rub the lime wedge around the rim of a rocks glass and dip the glass in the black sugar.  Fill with ice. Combine rum and lime juice in a cocktail shaker.  Fill with ice and shake well.  Strain into the glass, top the drink with ginger beer and garnish with a gummy spider. (Food Network)

Candy Corn Cordials

For infused vodka:

1/2 cup candy corn
1 1/2 cups vodka

For the cordials:
2 ounces orange liqueur
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 large egg white

Infuse the vodka: Combine the candy corn and vodka in an airtight container; set aside for at least 3 hours, then strain.
Make the cordials:  Add 4 oz. of the candy corn vodka, the orange liqueur, lemon juice and egg white to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake vigorously for 30 seconds then strain into 2 chilled martini glasses.  Garnish with candy corn. (Food Network Magazine)

The Halloween Hott Rodd

Layer the following in a highball glass.  Pour over the back of a spoon to keep the layers nice and neat:

1 oz. Godiva liqueur
1 oz. Caravella Orangecello

1 oz. Patrón Citrónge

Finally, drizzle in a little white chocolate sauce and garnish with an orange twist. (Rodd Gray, Lake Highlands)

Candied Apple Martini

Combine the following in a cocktail shaker over ice:

1 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1/2 oz. Goldschlager
1/2 oz. DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker
splash of pineapple juice
splash of cranberry juice

Shake to chill and serve straight up in a martini glass.  (Jana Miller, II Charlies Bar & Grill, Denton)

Wicked Witch on the Rocks

1/3 oz. gingerbread liqueur

1/3 oz. Frangelico

1/3 oz. Baileys Irish Cream

Combine first two liqueurs over ice and top with Baileys.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick.  (Jana Miller, II Charlies Bar & Grill, Denton)

Three Olives Diablo Rojo

Combine 2 oz. Three-O Tomato Vodka and desired amount of Bloody Mary Mix over ice.  Add a few dashes of hot sauce and sliced jalapenos.  Garnish with speared peppers.  (Three Olives Vodka)

DeKuyper Creepy Cosmo

1 Part DeKuyper Signature Triple Sec
3 Parts Hornitos Tequila
1 Part cranberry juice
Splash lime juice

Combine ingredients in an ice-filled shaker.  Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.  (DeKuyper USA)

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