'halloween drinks' on Serious Eats

Jefferson's Crimson

This tasty pomegranate cocktail was created by Todd Thrasher of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, VA as an ode to Thomas Jefferson's love of pomegranates. Pomegranate molasses, bourbon, and Southern Comfort bring real depth to this drink. More

Harvest Moon

"When we get to this season," says PDT's Jim Meehan, we switch from white spirits like tequila or white rum to brown ones like rye, and move toward stirred cocktails instead of refreshing, hydrating shaken ones." This fall drink uses Lillet Blanc as a counterweight, picking up the orange flavors and connecting the base spirits to the liqueur and bitters. More

Zero Proof: Warm Witch's Brew

Whether you're taking to the streets or staying home to pass out candy, try stirring up a witch's brew in your cauldron this Halloween. Made with equal parts pomegranate and cranberry juices, this deliciously dark (but alcohol-free) concoction is perfect for sipping between trips to the front door or packed into a Thermos for a spooky night out with candy-seeking trick-or-treaters. More

Roasted Pear Cocktail

Roasting fruits and vegetables is one of the things I really look forward to once the air begins to get crisp and chilled. The simplicity of roasting is one of the many benefits of the method—simply slice and put it in the oven—occasionally oil, sugar, or spice will be added, but for fruit like pears there's no need. The sugars in the fruit begin to caramelize and the flavor and sweetness gets concentrated, which is exactly why I like to use it in cocktails. More

Zero Proof: Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

Some prefer the filling, others the crust, but everyone I know likes pie. I'm sorry if you're a crust person, because this milkshake is really for the filling people—those who enjoy scooping out the creamy, spice-filled custard from the pie, leaving broken crust shells all over the plate. It has all the flavor of a pumpkin pie without the hassle of a crust, oven, or cooling time. More

Plum Spiced Hard Cider

The syrup is rich with flavor—it's got a bright juiciness from the plums, sweet notes from the syrup and honey, and bold spices from the cinnamon and anise. Since it's fairly complex, I paired it with hard cider which is effervescent with a tanginess that balances the syrup's sweetness. The addition of a little applejack helps to support the apple flavor and adds depth to the cocktail. More

Zombie Punch

Perhaps the only thing more frightening than the idea of zombies roaming the city in search of fresh brains is the concoction you'll find in front of you when you say "Zombie" in your average bar. More

Time for a Drink: Satan's Whiskers

Dating to at least 1930, Satan's Whiskers is actually relatively modest in firepower, perfect for celebrating a festive evening without making it an early night. Gin is mixed with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth and fresh orange juice, and the mixture is given crisp depth by adding orange bitters and the gentle sweetness of orange liqueur. This last point results in two versions of the cocktail: the curled version, which uses orange curacao for the liqueur; the straight version employs Grand Marnier. More

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