FOOD & COOKING: Halloween Inspired Cocktails

Last Sunday at the very first Sunshine Factory Pop Up Shop, I whipped up some delicious Halloween inspired cocktails.

The Menu

I made 4 drinks with three different types of alcohol and several mixers which included fresh fruit purées, sparkling juices and mulled ciders.  Get your fall on!


Witch’s Heart

This spiced drink tastes like fall and a little like pumpkin bread.  The persimmon pulp rises to the top and all the bubbles make a great froth to add an eerie appeal. 

  • Two VERY ripe persimmons*
  • REAL Unsweetened cranberry juice
  • Agave nectar
  • Aromatic bitters
  • Proseco or unsweetened sparkling wine
  • Sparkling cranberry juice
  • Spoon
  • Swizzle stick or straw
  • Thin sharp knife
  • Fine strainer
  • Blender
  • Container to serve

*If you buy persimmons that are hard (unripe) put them in a plastic bag with an apple for a week until the persimmons are spoon soft and mushy.


Purée Prep:

  1. Cut center out of persimmon by starting at the top of the fruit and going around the leaves in a circle.  Take the plug out with your fingers and discard.
  2. Place pitted persimmons in a blender with 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cranberry juice and 1 tablespoon of agave nectar.  Blend on high until well incorporated.  Mixture should be thick and gooey, not watery.
  3. Pour mixture into the strainer over your serving container stir with spoon to move pulp around and strain out large chunks and smooth parts into the container.
  4. This is the “heart” of the drink.

Mix The Drink

  1. Use desired serving glass and put two heaping tablepoons of your “heart” mixture.
  2. Shake a few drops of aromatic bitters on top of the mixture.
  3. Pour sparkling cranberry juice to about 1/3 of the glass
  4. Pour proseco to the top of the glass
  5. Use your swizzle stick or straw to stir the drink to break up the persimmon purée.  The drink will froth and rise to the rim of the glass.  When you create a large head on the drink, it is ready to serve.


This very fresh-tasting drink has a hint of summer with the color of fall and a bloody good time.  Recommended to serve with shaped ice (eye-balls, bats etc). 

  • One large fresh pomegranate
  • Square One Cucumber Vodka
  • Sparkling Blood Orange French Lemonade
  • Ice
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Sharp knife
  • Spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Container


Pom Prep

  1. Use your sharp knife to cut the pomegranate in half on your cutting board.
  2. Use your spoon and your fingers to carefully release the seeds from the pit and the walls of the fruit without crushing them.
  3. Remove all the seeds from the pomegranate and place in your container.
  4. These are the “teeth” of your drink.

Mix The Drink

  1. Place enough pom seeds in the glass of your choice to cover the bottom of the glass.
  2. Put a few chunks of ice in the glass on top of the pom seeds.  Fill the glass 1/3 of the way with the blood orange sparkling French lemonade.
  3. In your cocktail shaker, add a few chunks of ice, and then pour a splash of the lemonade over the ice and add 1.5 oz of cucumber vodka.
  4. Shake gently to incorporate and invigorate the bubbles in the lemonade
  5. Pour all of the contents into your serving glass.
  6. Drink up!


This very flavorful and aromatic brew will warm the soul and envelope the senses.  Great on a cold fall night during your spooktacular party. 

  • Ready-made spiced cider or you can make your own (apple juice, mulling spices, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, sugar)
  • Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
  • Aromatic Bitters
  • Crock Pot or pot and a stove and a thermos
  • Heat-resistant mug


Cider Prep

  1. Heat liquid on the stove until it is steaming (not boiling)
  2. Pour into a thermos to keep warm or keep in a crockpot (you will need a ladle if you use this method)

Mix The Drink

  1. Pour apple cider into mug
  2. Pour desired amount of spiced rum into mug
  3. Add a few dashes of bitters
  4. Drink up!


This very refreshing drink goes down smooth and is great to take your time to sip.  It’s a party in your mouth and soothes the stomach.

  • Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
  • Spicy ginger beer (Jamaican style is always great)
  • Ice
  • Orange Bitters (if desired)


Mix The Drink

  1. Add ice to your desired serving glass (filled to the top)
  2. Pour 2 oz of rum over ice
  3. Pour ginger beer to the top of the glass
  4. Add a few dashes of orange bitters (optional)
  5. Drink up!



This super bright green and very fresh-tasting drink hits your with a burst of mellon taste with a floral taste that evaporates from the palette.

  • Square One Cucumber Vodka
  • Dry Vermouth
  • Aromatic Bitters
  • Ripe Honey Dew Melon
  • A large lemon
  • Blender
  • Cocktail shaker & Strainer
  • Ice
  • Sieve
  • Knife & cutting board
  • Large spoon
  • Serving container


Purée Prep:

  1. Cut the melon in half.  Scoop the seeds out with your spoon and discard.
  2. Cut the melon into wedges and cut the fruit from the rind.
  3. Place melon chunks in a blender with the juice of half of the lemon.  Blend on high until well incorporated.  Mixture should be fairly watery.
  4. Pour mixture into the strainer over your serving container stir with spoon to move pulp around and strain out large chunks and smooth parts into the container.

Mix The Drink

  1. Use desired serving glass (martini style glass or glass with a wide lip works best) and coat the glass with a few drops of vermouth.
  2. In your cocktail shaker, add ice, 2 oz of vodka and a few table spoons of the melon purée.  Add a splash of vermouth and bitters.
  3. Cover and shake well until frothy and shaker turns frosty cold.
  4. Uncover, place strainer on top and pour into your glass.
  5. Drink up!
*These drinks are my personal recipes.  I own the rights to the names of the cocktails, their photos, and their instructions and recipes.  If you would like to republish them, you must ask for permission.

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