Halloween Cocktail and Punch Recipes

Mother’s Ruin Punch from Epicurious

If you want to skip the dry ice and food coloring, here are some fun Halloween cocktail and punch recipes that will make you the life (or death? bwahahahaha!) of the party.

Black Cauldron Punch ~ This one takes some effort, but what you get in return is a spooky black punch with complex flavors (thanks to some tea, squid ink and currants).

Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon ~ This one’s easy … champagne and absinthe. Thank you, Hemingway (or rather, person who named a drink after Hemingway’s work)!

Blood-Red Pomegranate Punch ~ Another simple one. Pomegranate, apple brandy, ginger liqueur and sparkling cider make a gorgeous punch with a little spice.

Mother’s Ruin Punch ~ Champagne punch (yay!) gets a new twist thanks to tea-infusedĀ  vermouth.

Wonderlust ~ There are a few harder-to-fine ingredients, but with a little looking you can wow guests with this impressive midnight blue cocktail.

Fall Cocktails

Ginger’s Lost Island from Food & Wine

Summer cocktails get the most attention because of all the fresh fruits available. But fall can be just as fun. Here are a few fall-inspired cocktails to mix up this weekend.

Vanilla, Pear & Vodka Cocktail ~ Whether your pear juice is fresh or from a can, this simple cocktail is a great way to welcome autumn.

Calvados Hot Toddy ~ French apple brandy, apple cider and cream give you something luxurious and warm to sip by the fire.

Ginger’s Lost Island ~ A complex combination of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger liqueur and smoky mezcal evokes international flavors.

Bitter Pumpkin #2 ~ Pumpkin butter and hot dark chocolate give a rich texture to this amaro and spiced rum cocktail.

Fall Classic ~ Apple brandy and bourbon get an assist from citrus and herbs to give you that happy fall feeling.

Melon Cocktails

watermelonrumcocktailSummer time is melon time! So find a melon and put it into your cocktails. Here are a few summery melon cocktail recipes to try.

Hendricks & Honeydew ~ It’s basically a gin & tonic with melon … which sounds like a good idea to me! (You can use your favorite gin, but this one is good with a light, floral gin)

Cantaloupe Margarita ~ A blended margarita amped up with the power of cantaloupe. I’m in.

Melon & Mint Mojito ~ This recipe uses honeydew and cantaloupe for extra melon flavor.

Watermelon & Thai Chili ~ Watermelon and a little heat go well together in this rum cocktail.

Minty Melon ~ Honeydew, cucumber, and mint balance well with tequila for a refreshing summer cocktail.

Cocktails Using Fruit Shrubs

mango-chili shrub cocktail

The Hellcat Years made with mango-chili shrub from 10th Kitchen

My yard is overflowing with fruit …so this summer is going to be shrub time! A shrub is a great way to preserve fruit. It’s kind of like a syrup made with vinegar, which you can use in cocktails or sparkling water (among other uses). Before I get to making my own shrubs and sharing the recipes, here are some cocktails made with different kind of shrubs. See what a shrub can do!

Blackberry-Ginger Shrub Old Fashioned ~ Dressing up an old fashioned with a little blackberry and ginger sounds perfect for warm summer nights.

Strawberry Shrub Collins ~ Gin and strawberries are best friends. So it stands to reason that a collins made with a strawberry shrub is going to be great.

Apple Shrub Cocktail ~ Not to brag, but I am drowning in apples. I just might need to shrub them up for this applejack and nocino cocktail.

Tangy Cranberry-Black Pepper Shrub Cocktail ~ Sparkling wine gets a kick out of cranberries and black pepper. This would be great for Thanksgiving (bookmarked!).

The Hellcat Years ~ Mango-Chili Shrub sounds amazing. Pairing it with cachaca sounds genius.

Shiso Cocktails

Shiso cocktail

Shiso Unusual from Liquor.com

Shiso is one of my favorite herbs to grow, and this year my garden is overflowing with it. Also known as perilla leaves, their flavor is similar to a basil-mint combination … very fresh and light. I grew the purple variety this year, but there’s also a green one. Both taste great in cocktails. Here are a few to try!

Shiso Mojito ~ An herb that tastes like a cross between basil and mint? Mojito is the first thing that comes to mind!

Spicy Shiso Smash ~ Shiso muddled with spicy Thai red chile and slices of cucumber are the perfect complement to rum and lime in this summer cocktail.

Shiso Unusual ~ This play on the Mint Julep is made with rye and cognac with two kinds of bitters for a deep and (yes) unusual drink.

Shiso-Jito Recipe ~ Candied ginger and citrus vodka are a fun way to highlight shiso’s fresh flavor.

Shiso Martinis ~ Infusing vodka with shiso leaves gives you a whole new, exciting spirit to work with.