Halloween brings about creativity, such as decorating the house, decorating pumpkins, making Halloween costumes, and so much more. William Grant and Sons has complied a list of scary-good drinks that can be made at home. With the coronavirus pandemic, people are forced to spend Halloween social distancing this year. This does not mean that Halloween cannot still be fun—grab a movie, some popcorn, your friends, and have everyone make a different cocktail.
The Sandman's Serenade
Made with Hendrick's Gin Orbium, the Sandman's Serenade allows those who are enjoying to embrace the unusual and let curiosity take the lead—after all, it is Halloween. Hendrick's Gin Orbium is a reinterpretation of Hendrick's Gin's traditional rounded house style, but is instilled with additional extracts of quinine, wormwood, and lotus blossom, all complementing the popular cucumber and rose essences. The Sandman's Serenade was created by Erik Andersson, a brand ambassador for Hendrick's Gin.
To make this drink, use:
- 1.5 oz. Hendrick's Gin Orbium
- 1/4 oz. Maraschino Liqueur
- 1/2 oz. of yellow chartreuse
- 1/2 oz. honey syrup,
- 3/4 oz. lime juice
- 1 tsp. white balsamic vinegar
- Dash of rose water
Shake well, strain the cocktail into a glass, garnish with dried rose petals, and enjoy!
The Orbium edition will not be available forever. Hendrick's Gin's website explains how it is distilled in very small batches, allowing it to have a finite window of existence.
The Blood in Hand
Created by Gillian Murphy, an east-coast ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey Blood in Hand celebrates the Irish roots of Halloween. For those who do not know, Halloween originates from an ancient Celtic festival, Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. Celts lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now known as Ireland, and their New Year began on the 1st of November. They believed that the night before the New Year, on Halloween, the boundary between the world of the living and the dead become blurred. It is only appropriate that the Blood in Hand is made with the second largest Irish Whiskey brand: Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey. To create this cocktail, add:
- 1 oz. Tullamore Whiskey
- 1 oz. cherry liqueur
- 1 oz. sweet vermouth
- 1 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
Add ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass.
Blood and Sand
The Blood and Sand cocktail is made with the world's most awarded and best-selling single malt Scotch whisky: Glenfiddich. This drink uses Glenfiddich's 15-Year-Old edition, which is made by transforming its warm, spicy flavors in a Solera Vat system. The Solera Vat system matures the alcoholic drink in a large oak drum (vat), so that different ages can be blended throughout the years. An ambassador for Glenfiddich, Allan Roth, created this mischievous Halloween cocktail with:
- 1 oz. Glenfiddich 15-Year-Old
- 1/4 oz. fresh orange juice
- 1/4 oz. sweet vermouth
- 1/4 oz. Cherry Heering
After adding all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously over ice for at least 10 seconds, and then strain into a glass.
Fistful of Bourbon is introducing their new bourbon cocktail: Bobby Burns. This cocktail was made by Anthony Bohlinger, an ambassador for Fistful of Bourbon, to present a treat without the tricks this year. Fistful of Bourbon is a blend of five American bourbons and is aged for at least two years. The creators of Fistful of Bourbon wanted to create a whiskey with a balance of spice and sweet, giving each "finger" of the Fistful a distinct flavor. The first flavor is sweet, balanced, and smooth; next is green and leafy with some hints of floral; then there is warm spice with hints of nutmeg; followed by hints of buttery toffee; and, lastly, there are hints of cinnamon and licorice. To make a Bobby Burns, combine the following ingredients and stir over ice:
- 1 oz. Fistful of Bourbon
- 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
- 1/2 oz. Drambuie or Benedictine
After stirring well, strain the drink into a chilled glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
This drink, crafted by Naomi Leslie, a brand ambassador for The Balvenie, uses two different Scotch whiskies. The Balvenie Week of Peat 14-Year-Old and The Balvenie DoubleWood 12-Year-Old are the bases of this crafted concoction. DoubleWood 12 is so-named because it spends 12 years in a whiskey cask, American oak ex-bourbon barrels, and hogsheads. DoubleWood single malt has its reputation and name for being matured in two different types of wood. According to distillery manager Ian Millar, The Week of Peat resembles the way whiskey used to be made, with smoke from a heavily peated furnace. The distillery takes a week out of every year to make peated whiskey.
To craft this cocktail, use:
- 1/2 oz. Week of Peat 14-Year-Old
- 1.5 oz. DoubleWood 12-Year-Old
- 1/4 oz. Cabernet simple syrup (made with two-parts Cabernet to one-part sugar, heated until syrupy)
- 1/4 oz. Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao
- Two dashes of aromatic bitters
Put all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir for 20 seconds, then strain into a glass and garnish with star anise.
Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky been around since 1887. William Grant and Sons has been producing one of the most recognized blended whiskies in the world from two distilleries for well over 100 years.