Creepy Cocktails

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For our annual Halloween party, we serve a fairly lethal whisky based punch. It's a big hit and despite the massive amount we make, we always run out. We haven't finalized which recipe we'll be using this year, but here are the three creepy cocktail front runners that I'd highly recommend for your own Halloween festivities.

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A variation of a flavored martini, this drink has strong herbal notes and a slight bite, which fits perfectly with its name. I used bourbon instead of the traditional Calvados, but you could also swap in Applejack as the main liqueur. 

Recipe1 oz bourbon (or apple brandy)3/4 oz yellow Chartreuse3/4 oz Benedictine2 dash Angostura bittersPlace all ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice and stir until cold. Strain into a martini glass/coupe.

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The Last Word is my husband's favorite cocktail, so it was only appropriate that I tried to incorporate it into this round up. I changed up the recipe slightly, by adding a touch of Absinthe and garnished it with a Luxardo cherry. This is a strong drink, so proceed with caution.

Recipe

1 oz gin (I prefer Plymouth)1 oz Luxardo liqueur3/4 oz Green Chartreuse1/4 oz Absinthe1 oz fresh lime juiceLuxardo cherry (optional garnish)Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a tumbler or cocktail glass.

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This is a variation on a classic Sidecar, but I wanted a slightly sweeter drink, so I swapped the lemon juice for orange juice and used a colored sugar for the rim.

Recipe

1 1/2 oz bourbon 1 oz Cointreau (or your preferred orange liqueur)1/2 oz orange juiceMoisten the rim of a cocktail glass with an orange (or lemon) slice, pour sugar onto a plate and dip the glass into the sugar to line the rim. Place glass into freezer. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glass.