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Pick Your Poison: 6 BOOzy Halloween Cocktails

Want to make this year’s Halloween party extra buzzworthy? These spooky sips utilizing literal spirits from local distilleries are the perfect addition to any grown-up gathering of ghosts, goblins, and ghouls.

The Devil & the Details
Submitted by New Alchemy Distilling, 5050 Robert J Mathews Parkway, Suite 250, El Dorado Hills, 530-324-5110,

The Devil & the Details


•    2.5 oz. White Devil Whiskey
•    1 oz. Carpano Antica Formula
•    .5 oz. Cynar
•    Habanero pepper, to garnish

Add all ingredients with ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until well combined and chilled. Double strain and garnish with a fresh habanero pepper.

Submitted by J.J. Pfister Distilling Company, 9819 Business Park Drive, Suite 3, Sacramento, 916-672-9662,



•  1 activated charcoal capsule
•  .75 oz. blueberry syrup (purée blueberries; steep in equal parts hot water and sugar for 30 minutes)
•  .75 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
•  1.5 oz. J.J. Pfister Capitol Gin
•  2 dashes Angostura bitters
•  Lemon peel and flowers, to garnish

Empty the charcoal capsule into a cocktail shaker and add blueberry syrup, lemon juice, gin, bitters, and ice. Shake until cold, then strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Squeeze a lemon peel into the cocktail to express the oils. Rim the glass with the lemon peel and drop into the drink. Garnish with Halloween-colored flowers.

Death in the Afternoon
Submitted by Gold River Distillery, 11460 Sunrise Gold Circle, Suite C, Rancho Cordova, 916-476-3868,

Death in the Afternoon


•  1 oz. Wheel House Absinthe Verte
•  1 tsp. simple syrup
•  4 oz. champagne or prosecco

Pour absinthe and simple syrup into a coupe glass. Top with champagne or prosecco until cloudy.

Submitted by Lake Tahoe Distilling, Lake Tahoe, 323-491-4443,



•    2 oz. Cave Rock Cacao Whiskey
•    1 oz. cold brew coffee
•    *1 oz. charcoal simple syrup (demerara sugar, activated charcoal powder, and vanilla powder)
•    2 full drops Elemental Spirits Qi-Li Bitters
•    2 spritzes Elemental Spirits Black Sage Hydrosol
•    .5 oz. black walnut hull powder, to garnish
•    2 dried calendula flowers, to garnish

Combine whiskey, coffee, charcoal simple syrup, and bitters into cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake, and strain into glass. Spritz black sage twice (once for cocktail; once to ward off evil spirits) and add garnishes in honor of your ancestors.

*To make charcoal simple syrup: Heat equal parts demerara sugar and water. Before boiling, add vanilla power and charcoal powder. Stir until dissolved, turn off heat, and cool before adding to the cocktail.

Submitted by Georgetown Distillery, 6101 State Highway 193, Georgetown, 530-334-7000,



•  1.5 oz Georgetown Distillery Vodka
•  1.5 oz. Midori
•  .5 oz. lime juice
•  .5 oz. triple sec

Add all ingredients with ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until well combined and chilled. Pour over ice-filled glass.

Blood Orange Margarita
Submitted by Buendia Tequila, Folsom, 916-770-6753,

Blood Orange Margarita


•    2 oz. Buendia Tequila Blanco
•    1.5 oz. blood orange juice
•    .5 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
•    Blood orange wheel, for garnish

Add all ingredients with ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until well combined and chilled. Pour into ice-filled glass and garnish with a blood orange wheel.

by Bella Nolen

“Booberry” photo by Laura Bruce—JJ Pfister. New Alchemy “The Devil and the Details” photo by Stuart Anderson. “Death in the Afternoon” photo by Steve from Gold River. “Elviraw” photo byKat Valentina —Lake Tahoe Distilling.  “Blood Orange Margarita” photo by Buendia. “Frankenstein” photo by Steve from Georgetown Distillery.