Halloween which is really known as All Hollow’s Eve started as a way to honor the two days following: All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day. Many Catholics choose to skip Halloween and celebrate the Holy Day of Obligation, All Saint’s Day, instead. I’m not a big celebrator of Halloween myself, but I’ll go to a party. I just don’t dress up. 🙂 However, I will definitely be at Mass!

But here are some adult-only recipes for those of you throwing Halloween parties! I couldn’t resist putting together some great recipes I found on various websites.

Brain Hemmorage
1 oz Peach schnapps
1 tsp Bailey’s irish cream
1/2 tsp Grenadine

Served in a shot glass. First, pour the peach schnapps. Then, slowly pour the Irish Cream. Do not mix! The Creme will clump together and settle at the bottom of the schnapps. It will have the appearance of an internal organ!! Pour the grenadine over the Creme for a completely disgusting looking, yet thoroughly tasty party drink!

Candy Corn Cocktail
2 oz. SKYY Infusions Pineapple
1 1/2 oz. Orange Sherbet, softened
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Milk
1 oz. Simple Syrup

Combine SKYY Infusions Pineapple and pineapple juice in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain over fresh ice into a clear Collins glass. Combine softened orange sherbet and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain, and pour over bar spoon to layer in the rocks glass. Then, combine simple syrup and milk in cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Layer milk mixture on top of sorbet mixture.

created by Alex Straus, Suite 700 at the Hotel Shangri-La in Los Angeles courtesy Skyy Infusions


The Great Pumpkin
1 1/2 ounces Ketel One Vodka
1/2 ounce Baileys with a Hint of Caramel
1/2 ounce Pumpkin Liqueur
Cinnamon Stick

Combine Ketel One and Baileys with a hint of caramel in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well vigorously until chilled. Add the pumpkin liqueur and shake again. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Courtesy Ketel One Vodka

Pumpkin Martini
3 parts ABSOLUT® 100
½ part Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
Splash Simple Syrup

Combine all ingredients over ice and shake. Strain in to martini glass, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Pumpkin Pie Martini
1 Dash Cinnamon Syrup
1 Part Milk
1 Dash Pumpkin Smash
1 Dash Sugar, Superfine

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

For the kids:

Eerie Witch’s Brew
4 cups Cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup chopped & candied Ginger
3 Oranges
12 oz frozen Apple juice concentrate
6 oz frozen Limeade concentrate
2 cups seedless Grapes
4 cups Water
1/2 gal Ginger ale

In a 1 to 2 quart pan, bring 1 cup of cranberry juice and candied ginger to a boil over high heat. Boil, uncovered, about 2 minutes, set aside. With a vegetable peeler, pare peel (colored part only) from oranges: cut peel into thin 2 in long worms: or use an Oriental shredder to make long shreds. Add orange peel to cranberry mixture. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or as long as overnight. Juice oranges: put juice in a 6 to 8 quart pan or heavy bowl. Stir in cranberry-ginger mixture, the 3 cups cranberry juice, apple concentrate, limeade, grapes and water. If made ahead, cover and chill up to 2 hours. Add ginger ale and about a 1 pound piece of dry ice (DO NOT put small pieces in punch or cups): ice should smolder at least 30 minutes. Ladle into cups. Add any remaining ice when bubbling ceases.

Creator/contributor’s comments:
A SERIOUS CAUTION: never touch dry ice: use tongs to handle.

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