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Fall Inspiration for Halloween Cocktails

The Nutty Pumpkin Martini rocks with fall flavors such as pumpkin, hazelnut, nutmeg and vanilla.

Good news! I’ve got your last minute offerings for the Halloween party-goer assigned to bring the spirits (the pun, sadly, was very much intended, ha!).

Pumpkin continues to be in demand, particularly for this holiday weekend, and I have several other suggestions of variations and recipes to try for the Perfect Pumpkin Martini.

Pictured is the Nutty Pumpkin Martini, a tasty delight perfect for the fan of cream-based cocktails. But this drink has so many warming flavors, derived from the other ingredients and liqueurs thrown into the mix.   Take a look at the recipe yourself:

Nutty Pumpkin Martini:

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with your choice of a little whipped cream or grated nutmeg (if you’re  not a huge w/c fan like me).

If you’re possibly sick of Pumpkin already (gasp! Did you start on those Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes a bit too early?), here’s another earthy fall flavor to snuggle up with – port wine.

Oh yes. A ruby port such as Sandeman Founder’s Reserve actually makes for a wonderful, although probably unbeknownst, ingredient in a fall cocktail recipe. Of the many suggested methods for creating cocktails on their Facebook page, the Diavlo to me looks to be a cocktail worthy to make an appearance at a Halloween party. I’ll let you know how it turns out this weekend!

Have another recipe inspired by fall to share?  Feel free to share your recipe with Hiram Walker by entering the Fall Cocktail segment of The Quest, the brand’s search for the country’s most creative original cocktail recipes. You have until Halloween itself to submit your recipe for a chance to win an Apple iPad!

Wishing you a fun and festive Halloween!
SJ

Edit 10/28/11: Another great pumpkin cocktail recipe has come my way, the ABSOLUT 100 Pumpkin Martini. For an extra dose of pumpkin, check out this and the other recipes as featured on Liquor.com.

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Plan Your Halloween Party

Photo courtesy of WhatToDrink.com

There are plenty of other Halloween cocktails out there deserving of being stirred up on Halloween that don’t necessarily incorporate pumpkin. Here are a few adaptations of beloved cocktails that may be perfect to accompany the Halloween party you’re hosting this weekend.

Blood and Sand
The name is derived from the 1920’s movie of the same name. Many argue the drink’s equal proportions and – to eliminate a level of ‘sweetness’ – often double the serving of scotch.

  • 3/4 part scotch
  • 3/4 part cherry brandy (most versions call for Cherry Heering, but Hiram Walker’s Cherry Brandy is a good bargain buy here)
  • 3/4 part  sweet vermouth
  • 3/4 part orange juice

Shake all ingredients well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with flamed orange zest.

Cidecar
Adapted from a classic Sidecar, this Cidecar tones down the level of sour while amping up the fall flavors with a smooth, vanilla-forward cinnamon schnapps. Another Halloween addition –  find orange crystal sugar for the rim of your cocktail glass as I did in the photo below! The original recipe dates back again to the 1920s in Paris.

Hiram Walker Cidecar in the Nova office. I like the sort of "Angel's share" glow happening in the photo, too!

  • 1 part cognac
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Triple Sec
  • 1/2 part Hiram Walker Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps
  • 1/2 part lemon juice

Shake with ice, and serve up in a sugar-rimmed chilled cocktail glass.

Also, did you notice the picture at the beginning of this blog post? The website WhatToDrink.com sent out a Halloween newsletter with these great home decor tips to liven up any Halloween house party. I would love to get my hands on the skeleton garnish bowls! 

Have a safe and happy Halloween!
SJ

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More Halloween Drinks: Get Your Pumpkin On

Pumpkin EaterPumpkin cocktails are a no-brainer for a Halloween party or Fall get-together. One easy way to get that pumpkin flavor is with Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice. Here’s a couple of tasty drinks that call for the seasonal liqueur:

Pumpkin Eater:

3/4 oz. vodka

3/4 oz. Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice

1/2 oz. Amaretto

3/4 oz. Irish Cream Liqueur

Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour ingredients as listed and stir.

Hot Pumpkin:

1 oz. Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice

1/2 oz. Kahlua Coffee Cream

Fill with hot coffee

Preheat mug. Pour ingredients as listed. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice (you know you’ve got some lying around!). Enjoy!

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