Last-minute Halloween Cocktails!
by David Klemt
If you perhaps let Halloween preparations get by you, have no fear: here are three Jameson Irish Whiskey cocktails that pair well with different candies.
These aren’t just any three cocktails, however. Instead, Jameson is recommending these drinks because they happen to pair well with three distinct flavors:
- Tart and sour;
- sweet; and
Makes sense, right? As guests arrive, hopefully in costumes, they may bring candy with them. Or, you may be serving up some mini-candies along with the drinks crossing your bar.
Either way, the drinks below will enhance the guest experience by pairing with an array of candies.
Cheers! Or, boo! Whatever you think is clever, I dunno.
Tart & Sour
Let’s say a guest is munching on some SweeTARTS, Sour Patch Kids, or Warheads. Basically, they’re enjoying tart and/or sour candies this Halloween.
The drink below, according to Jameson, will pair well with those candy flavors.
Out of these three cocktails, this one requires the most prep. You’re going to steep teabags in boiling water and let it cool.
And if you choose to make your own raspberry syrup, your bar team will have to simmer water with sugar and raspberries for a couple of minutes. This will also have to cool before use.
However, this is a large-format drink, so the following recipe allows you to prebatch before guests descend on your bar.
- 1 bottle Jameson Irish Whiskey
- 1 carton Cranberry juice
- 17 oz. Mint tea
- 3.5 oz. Raspberry syrup
- 6 Whole limes
- 1 Orange
- 12 Raspberries
Start by filling a large vessel with 17 ounces of boiling water. Add six mint teabags and let steep. Once cool, remove teabags. Juice the limes, slice the orange, and add to the vessel with the raspberries. Add the Jameson, cranberry juice, and syrup. Serve in a rocks glass over ice and garnish with raspberries and lime zest.
To make the syrup: In case you haven’t made syrup before, simply add 250mg of water, 250mg of sugar, and 100 grams of raspberries to a pot or saucepan and boil. After reducing to a simmer for two minutes, remove the pot or pan from heat. Let the syrup steep until cool, strain, bottle, and toss in a fridge.
Does your guest have a sweet tooth? Are they chowing down on sweet, overly sugary candy? Maybe they’re throwing handfuls of candy corn down their gullet.
This is the drink for them!
From the most complex cocktail on this list to a simpler recipe.
Per Jameson, this cocktail is also known as the Blood Boiler.
- 1 2/3 parts Jameson Black Barrel
- 1 2/3 parts Lillet Rouge
- 1 2/3 parts Orange juice
- 1 1/6 parts Berry Syrup
- Orange wedge to garnish
- Berries to garnish
Prepare a rocks glass by placing a large ice cube inside. Combine all the liquid ingredients in the glass over the cube. Stir, then garnish with the orange and berries
To make the berry syrup: See the instructions above for the raspberry syrup.
I mean…chocolate. C’mon, it’s a loaded Halloween candy category. Snickers, Kit Kat bars, Milky Way bars, M&Ms, it doesn’t matter.
If a guest can’t resist the siren song of chocolate, the cocktail below will pair well with chocolatey notes.
Jameson Cold Brew Bittersweet Goodbye
If you’ve left your Halloween drink menu to the last minute, this is probably the quickest recipe on this list.
- 1 1/3 parts Jameson Cold Brew
- 1 1/3 parts Campari
- 1 part Blood orange juice
- 3 parts Tonic water
- 1 Slice of a blood orange or red grapefruit to garnish
Fill a highball with ice, then add the first three ingredients. Add the tonic water and garnish.
Note: Orange also goes well with chocolate, so consider playing with Jameson Orange Whiskey if you have the time.
Images via Jameson Irish Whiskey