We work together with Breckenridge Distillery to share Halloween-ready cocktails, handcrafted by their award-winning Liquid Chef Billie Keithley, with their hauntingly fine spirits. From smooth Bourbon to spicy Chili Chile Vodka, they’ve got you covered when it comes to making spooky sips.
We take Halloween very seriously in my house. My husband and I will start putting together our list of creepy movies in late September so that by the time October arrives, we’ll be ready for action. His picks usually include a mix of thrillers and real horror movies (no thanks), while mine are mostly campy classics and childhood favorites –Hocus Pocus, Rocky Horror Picture Showand Addams Family Values are all must sees.
No movie-watching experience is complete without sipping and snacks, and my motto is, the more festive, the better. Breckenridge Distillery caters to my drinking needs with their impressive range of spirits (gin! Spiced Rum! Bourbon!), plus they’ve come up with a whole range of enchanting drinks that fit perfectly with our scary movie series. And of course I have some sweet treats in mind for you to enjoy because it’s the season.
1. You’ll Float Too & Preserved Lemon Crinkle Cookies
While I’m not a big fan of scary movies, I’ve never really had a problem with clowns, so this It-inspired booze is okay in my book. Breckenridge Chili Chile Vodka serves as the base for a sparkling lemony cocktail with plenty of smoky heat from the Turkish Chili and Pueblo Chili infused spirit. Paired with citrusy crinkle cookies that look downright creepy, this pairing is no joke.
To make the potion: Rim your glass with honey and fill it with ice. add 1 us Breckenridge Chile Chile Vodka3 ounces fresh lemonade and 1 scoop lemon sorbet into glass and top with soda, then stir to combine.
2. Apocalypse Punch & Triple-Chocolate Olive Oil Brownies
If the apocalypse came, I’d stock up on all the chocolate. This combination features Triple-Chocolate Olive Oil Brownies and a batch berry cocktail that will make about 20 servings, which is ideal for the revelers among us. Breckenridge Gin stars alongside tangy cranberry or raspberry juice, homemade rosemary syrup, and brewed lemon tea.
To make the rosemary simple syrup: Combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, and 5 sprigs of rosemary in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and let it cool. Strain the syrup and refrigerate until ready to use (up to two weeks).
To make the potion: Add 1 (750 milliliters) bottle Breckenridge Gin, 90 ounces cranberry or raspberry juice, 16 ounces brewed lemon tea, and 10 ounces rosemary syrup in a punch bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve and finish with citrus wheels when the party is over.
3. Don’t Fall Asleep and Matcha Snickerdoodles
This duo is a mean, green flavor machine thanks to the green Matcha Snickerdoodles and a green tea cocktail made with fragrant American-style Breckenridge Gin. you sure will not fall asleep once you’ve had enough of this caffeinated combination, meaning there’s no chance of nightmares on Elm (or any) street for that matter.
To make the honey simple syrup: Combine 1 cup water, 4 ounces honey, and 4 ounces sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and let it cool completely. Refrigerate until ready to use (up to two weeks).
To make the potion: add 2 us Breckenridge Gin, 1 ounce simple honey syrup, 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, and 3/4 ounce brewed green tea in a shaker filled with ice. Shake for 6 to 8 seconds, or until shaker feels cold, strain and serve over luminescent ice cubes (regular ice works too).
4. Cabin in the Woods & Chocolate Pumpkin Butter Cups
Bourbon and chocolate are a foolproof combination all year round, but for an absolutely fall twist, add seasonal favorites like pumpkin and apple cider to the mix. Chocolate Pumpkin Butter Cups are just the right amount of sweetness to complement the notes of dry cocoa and brown sugar in Breckenridge Bourbon.
To make the potion: Add 1 1/2 ounces Breckenridge Bourbon, 2 ounces apple cider, 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 3/4 ounce orgeat in a shaker filled with ice. Shake for 6 to 8 seconds, or until shaker feels cold, strain and serve over ice. Garnish with a lemon slice and roasted pumpkin seeds, then use the Breville Polyscience Smoking Gun Pro to smoke apple smoke chips over the drink for 8 seconds.
5. Breckenridge Zombie & Coconut Dream Bars
A play on a classic tiki drink, this version of a Zombie combines Breckenridge’s dark molasses-forward Spiced Rum with freshly squeezed fruit juices, passion fruit syrup and Falernum (a spiced, citrusy syrup). The spookiness here is of course in the name – toss it up Zombieland and you’re well on your way to the perfection of a themed movie night. Round out your tropical-inspired lineup with Coconut Dream Bars and enjoy the show.
To make the passion fruit syrup: Combine 1/2 cup fresh passion fruit pulp (sieved through a fine-mesh sieve to remove seeds) and 1/2 cup sugar in a saucepan. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and let it cool completely. Refrigerate until ready to use (up to two weeks).
To make the potion: Add 2 1/2 ounces Breckenridge spiced rum, 1 ounce pineapple juice, 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 1/2 ounces passion fruit syrup (homemade or store-bought), and 1/2 ounce Falernum in a shaker filled with ice. Shake for 6 to 8 seconds, or until shaker feels cold, strain and serve over pebbled ice cubes. Garnish with fresh mint.
What are your favorite spooky sip and snack combinations? Tell us in the comments below!
Our friends at Breckenridge Distillery have been producing quality spirits since 2008. Rooted in a deep love for quality whiskey, their offerings have expanded beyond the original bourbon and vodka with Spiced Rum, Gin, Reserve Blend and more. For more Halloween-inspired cocktails, check out their website.