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Boo-zy Halloween: Drinks to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. They’re all together ooky, these Halloween Spirits”. Okay, so that’s not how it goes, but the beginning theme to the Adams Family show perfectly describes the following spirits. As many of you will be soon, these alcohol brands are rocking their best Halloween costumes just in time for the spooky holiday. Join us as we highlight some great Boo-zy Halloween libations. Feast your eyes on the Halloween-themed Stella Rosa Wines “Stellaween Collection”Crystal Head Vodka John Alexander Artist Series, and Mezcales de Leyenda’s Cementerio Mezcalero (Mezcal Graveyard); and great cocktails from Avion Tequila, Cruzan RumNovo Fogo Cachaça, and more.

Stellaween Holiday Collection


Do you dare to Taste The Magic of Stella Rosa Black, Red, and Peach wrapped in their spooky, limited-edition Stellaween sleeves? When you purchase these dangerously delicious, semi-sweet wines this Halloween and you’ll get a free spooky collectible art sleeve! Available for a very affordable $8.95-$11.95, you will truly have yourself a Boo-zy Halloween. For those of you who are looking to double the treat, the Halloween Stella Rosa offers an exclusive 1.5 Magnum bottles available in Stella black and rosé.

Crystal Head Vodka John Alexander Artist Series

Multi-award winning, ultra-premium Crystal Head Vodka, known for its signature skull bottle, is really upping the spooky factor with the debut of the first limited-edition artist series bottle by artist John Alexander. Alexander’s work is celebrated in this exquisite artist series keepsake which provides a unique opportunity to own a piece of his art – “Dancing on the Water Lillies of Life”. Each of the 25,000 bottles is hand-decorated by one of three highly skilled craftsmen and then numbered to further emphasize its scarcity. The John Alexander Artist Series No.1 bottle will be available in 750 mL format, retailing for $149.95. The ghostly skull bottle makes a perfect Boo-zy Halloween conversation piece.

Mezcales de Leyenda’s Cementerio Mezcalero (Mezcal Graveyard)

Mezcales de Leyenda’s Cementerio Mezcalero is the first release in a series of mezcals that honors an old tradition where some of the world’s best mezcals are aged in glass, generally underground, to be later unearthed for family celebrations. This unique mezcal features aromas of roasted chestnuts and dried fruits and a flavor profile that exhibits buttery notes and mild smoke with a long finish. A portion of sales proceeds of Mezcales de Leyenda’s Cementerio Mezcalero is donated to purchase tourism equipment of Tzitzio, Michoacán. This promotes the ‘desentierros mezcaleros’ (mezcal unearthing) traditionally held during the celebration of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). A bottle of this amazing mezcal retails for $279.99.

Crystal Head Smokin’ Head Caesar

2oz. Crystal Head Vodka
5 oz. Clamato( Caesar) or tomato juice (Bloody Mary)
dash of Worcestershire sauce
dash of hot sauce
tiny dash of liquid smoke
garnish of your choice

Rim Garnish:
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp smoked paprika
Rub the rim of the glass with a lemon wedge and dip into a salt, pepper, and smoked paprika mix. In a shaker half-filled with ice, add in all ingredients and shake well. Strain into the pre-rimmed glass filled with ice.

Optional Garnish Ideas:
Celery and lime wheel
Bacon wrapped mini meatball with two hot peppers
Scallop and hot pepper skewer
Spicy halved long bean skewer

Tequila Avion Gummy Bear Jello Shots
(Makes around 10 2oz shots)

GUMMY BEAR SYRUP (Makes about one cup)
1 cup – Gummy Bears (Your choice in flavor- I did half cherry half lemon. Get creative!)
1 ½ cups – Water
1 pinch – Citric Acid
1 pinch – Salt
Prepare a double boiler. Add the Gummy Bears and the water to the top of the boiler. Let Gummy Bears slowly melt into the water, stirring occasionally. Once they are completely incorporated, transfer the mixture into a separate saucepan. Add citric acid and salt and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the mixture has reduced to 1 cup, you’re ready to build the shots.

THE JELLO SHOT

1 cup – Tequila Avión Silver
1 cup – Gummy Bear Syrup
1/3 cup – Powdered Gelatin (This is about half of what you’d normally use in a Jello shot, but since there’s gelatin in the Gummy Bears, you don’t need so much.)
Add the Tequila Avión to the Gummy Bear Syrup while it’s still hot enough that it hasn’t started to set. Slowly whisk in gelatin, so that there are no big clumps. Prepare your serving vessels by spraying the insides of them lightly with olive oil cooking spray, so the shots will release more easily when they’re set up. Transfer the mixture into a pourable container and pour into the prepared serving vessels. Place vessels in the refrigerator and let set up (about 2 hours). When they’re fully set, they’re ready to enjoy!

Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass
By Mariena Mercer of Rose. Rabbit. Lie. (Las Vegas)


1 ½ oz Reposado Tequila
¼ oz Mezcal
½ oz Novo Fogo Cachaca
½ oz Giffard Passion Fruit Liqueur
1 oz Lime juice
1 ½ oz Bols Pineapple Chipotle
2 oz Pineapple juice
1 oz clarified milk per cocktail
Mint sprig garnish

Liquid Smoke by Mandarin Hide

1 1/4 oz Slow and Low Rock & Rye
3/4 Coffee Infused Cynar
2 Dashes of Walnut Bitters
Stir with rocks, strain and garnish with a cherry.

Cruzan Midnight Potion

1 part Cruzan Aged Light Rum
1 part Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
1 part Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 part Apricot Liqueur
3 parts Orange Juice
1 dash Lime Bitters
Orange Peel
Cherries
Combine Cruzan Aged Light Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, apricot liqueur, orange juice and lime bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a large glass filled with ice. Float one part Cruzan® Black Strap Rum on top of each glass, then garnish with the orange peel and a cocktail pick of cherries.

For Skeleton Garnish: Peel orange rind and lay flat on a surface. Take circle cookie cutter and cut circle space out of the peel. Use a paring knife to cut mini-circles for eyes, nose, and jaw of skeleton garnish.

Cocktails and Corpses: Sauza Tequila Day of The Dead Cocktails

It was a dark and stormy night and the wind was howling like the banshees. It was four years to the day that they found the twisted bodies of party guests that were too crocked to go home, all asleep in the living room, the staircase and a peculiar guest cradled in the kitchen sink. Your Halloween may come with your fair share of stories, but what’s essential to making any party a memorable one is a glass, a carafe, a pitcher or a bottle or two of Sauza Tequila. Tonight we dish on the most important part of any adult’s spooky night festivities, the Sauza Tequila Day of The Dead cocktails.

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People turning into cosmopolitan examples of inebriated zombies in last minute costumes that channel their inner desire to be a garden hoe, bloodsucking vampire or a giant chocolate chip cookie could make for interesting stories, however, our inner foodie much prefers the menu over the masquerade.

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We’d rather listen to the stories of others at this time of year, not so much in the spirit of Halloween, but rather in the spirit of the Day of The Dead. The lesser known, but way more maturely macabre, Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of the loved ones that are gone. The holiday consists of dinners, gatherings, memorials and a newly formed parade in Mexico City.  Marigolds, ornate skulls, costumes, food and drink and music all characterize components of this day in Mexico and the Southwestern United States.

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So when we say we’d rather listen to the stories of others this day, we invited my fellow horror movie aficionados over to binge watch scary cult horror flicks and pay homage to the real Day of The Dead with a Weekend of the Dead.  With such an undertaking on tap, what soiree would be a soiree without the presence of tequila this or tequila that?  Luckily our dear friends at Sauza Tequila, experts at deliciously smooth 100% blue agave tequilas, offered up some free inspiration in the form of drink and wonderful decorations from Mikasa and Modern Alchemy to get the ball rolling.  So check out these three smooth Sauza Tequila Day of The Dead cocktails and arrangements that we tried out for our Day of The Dead Binge Fest:

Red, Red Rita Remix

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Tart and sweet with a citrus kick and the wonderfully smooth taste of Sauza Silver 

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1 part Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila
1 part blood orange juice
1/2 part lime juice
1/2 part simple syrup
1 orange wedge
Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker.  Shake and strain over ice (sugar-rimming the glass optional). Use a blood orange wedge during blood orange season but you can also let a regular orange wedge soak in blood red orange juice for a couple of hours and use that as a garnish.

Bewitching Berry

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Refreshing with a balance of citrus, sweet and a nod to a peach tart

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2 parts Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila
1/2 parts peach juice
1/2 parts blackberry puree (pint of blackberries into a food processor, strain and let set 24-48 hrs)
1/2 lemon juice
1 part simple syrup
1 peach slice
1 blackberry
Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker.  Shake and strain over ice into a glass.  Garnish by skewering a fresh blackberry and a slice of peach.

Bloody Dusk

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Slightly smoky seasoned with Sauza Reposado and equal touches tart & sweet with the pop of heat

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2 parts Sauza Signature Blue Reposado Tequila
1 part blood orange juice
1 part simple syrup
blended pepper rim
ice cubes
orange peel
Add the ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Dip the rim of the glass into the pepper mixture of choice. (We used cayenne, black pepper, chili powder and crushed red pepper flake).  Shake ingredients and pour into glass.  Garnish with thin slices of orange peel.

These Sauza Tequila Day of The Dead cocktails are cool recipes that work well for a quiet frightening evening or that can be tweaked for a larger group of rabble rousers.  Just don’t drink till you start becoming the walking dead because we want you to be safe and stay enlightened this Day of The Dead and as always please remember to drink responsibly.

Find Sauza 100% Blue Agave Tequilas at your finer wine and spirit retailers.

Cocktails to Celebrate the Spirits, Ghosts & Goblins this Day of the Dead

Since we’ll be celebrating all things spooky until the Day of the Dead, we thought we’d share a few more cocktails to celebrate the spirits, ghosts & goblins this Day of the Dead (and of course our birthday), from some of our favorite spirits, like Basil Hayden, Cruzan Rum, DeLeon Tequila, and Milagro Tequila. What good is celebrating the day of the dead without an ongoing supply of delicious cocktails to enjoy. So please open u your home bars and whip u a few or all of these delicioou cocktails.

Basil Hayden’s® Pumpkin Bourbon Cider

(Created by Larry Piaskowy San Francisco, CA)
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2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
¾ part Fresh Lemon Juice
½ part Sweet Vermouth
¼ tsp. Superfine Sugar
¾ part Pumpkin Puree
6 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 parts Dry Hard Cider
1 piece of Fresh Nutmeg (for garnish)
1 Cinnamon Stick (for garnish)
Combine pumpkin puree, superfine sugar, sweet vermouth, bitters and lemon juice into a mixing glass. Stir until sugar is nearly dissolved. Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon and ice. Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with dry hard cider. Garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

Cruzan® Dark as Night

Cruzan Dark as Night

1 part Cruzan® Black Strap Rum
1/4 part Falernum Syrup
1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
6 parts Cider
Combine Black Strap, falernum syrup and fresh lime juice in a mixing glass. Pour cider into a rocks glass and slowly float mixture over top of the cider. Finish with fresh grated nutmeg and a lime or orange peel.

Cruzan® Dead Man’s Mai Tai

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1 part Cruzan® Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Cruzan® Mango Rum
1/2 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec
1 1/2 part Fresh Sour Mix
1/4 part Orgeat Syrup
Dash of Orange Bitters
Float of Cruzan® Black Strap Rum + Lime Squeeze
Combine the Aged Light Rum, Mango Rum, triple sec, fresh sour, orgeat syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into iced 14 oz glass. Top with a lime squeeze and a float of Black Strap Rum and garnish with a cherry.

Evil Vibrations

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1.5 oz DeLeon™ Platinum Tequila
.5oz Lime Juice
1oz Grapefruit Juice
.75oz Honey Syrup
Cucumber
Muddle ingredients in martini shaker. Strain into collins glass over ice. Garnish with Lime Wedge. Serve in a Collins glass

The Devil’s Beso

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1.5 oz DeLeon™ Platinum Tequila
.75oz Lemon Juice
.75oz Simple Syrup
Dry shake ingredients in a martini glass. Add ice, shake. Strain into rocks glass over ice. Float red wine on top. Garnish with Orange Wedge. Serve in a Rocks glass

Blood Orange Margarita

Blood Orange Margarita

1 ½ parts Milagro Silver Tequila
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
¾ part agave nectar
¾ part Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a salt-rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with orange and lime wheels.

Paloma Negra

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2 parts Milagro Silver
1 part Ruby Red Grapefruit (FRESH)
0.75 part Agave Nectar
0.5 part Fresh Lime Juice
1 Capsule Activated Charcoal
Top with 3 parts Club Soda
Garnish with Grapefruit Peel & Charcoal and kosher salt rim