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Let’s cheers to the spooky season with this Spooky Sour Cocktail – the perfect themed cocktail for your next Halloween party!
We’re giving the traditional whiskey sour an autumnal twist with notes of maple and ginger. Plus, we’re adding a smoking rosemary sprig at the end for a moody touch.
There’s no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with this spooky drink!
What’s in the Spooky Sour
Here’s what you’ll need to create this Halloween cocktail recipe:
How to Make the Spooky Sour
Good news – you won’t have to dirty a cocktail shaker or mixing glass to make this easy fall cocktail. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to stir bourbon cocktails, not shake them.
Grab a rocks glass and pour in the bourbon, lemon juice, orange juice and maple syrup. Give it a gentle stir to dissolve the maple syrup.
Then, add your ice. Top off your delicious bourbon cocktail with a splash of spicy ginger beer.
The smoking rosemary sprig really takes this delicious drink over the top. Not only does it add an earthy aroma to every sip, the smoke creates a spooky vibe.
You may have to light the rosemary on fire a few times to really get it going. Don’t worry about burning it – if you do, you’ll get even better smoke.
Substitutions for this Boozy Halloween Drink
Here are some fun twists on this delicious recipe:
1. Citrus: If you like your whiskey sour extra sour, try using lime juice instead of lemon juice. It’s reportedly more bitter, which gives the drinker the sense that it’s more sour.
3. Bubbles: Ginger beer adds a very cool spicy flavor to this cocktail. But if you prefer something more mild, try ginger ale or a hard cider.
4. Garnish: While we’re lighting things on fire, try a burning cinnamon stick! Other options for garnish are an orange peel, an orange slice or even a few apple slices.
Variations on this Spooky Sour Cocktail
Bourbon is one of those spirits that lends well to cozy fall concoctions. It’s a great base for many festive Halloween drinks. Here are some Halloween cocktail ideas using bourbon that you should try:
Classic Witches’ Brew: Similar to an Old Fashioned, this combination of bourbon, simple syrup and bitters is timeless. Use Angostura bitters or Angostura orange bitters and garnish with a twist of orange peel for an eerie touch.
Haunted Graveyard Halloween Cocktail: Blend bourbon with fresh apple cider or apple juice, cinnamon, and a splash of sweet vermouth. Serve it in a martini glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar.
Spooky Ginger Snap: Mix bourbon with ginger beer and a squeeze of lime juice. Add ginger syrup and candied ginger garnish for a funky bite.
Pumpkin Bourbon Spice: Combine bourbon with pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and a pinch of nutmeg. Stir vigorously and top with a dusting of cinnamon.
Serving this Halloween Bourbon Cocktail as a Punch
It’s easy to scale this festive cocktail recipe for a crowd. Take it from a single cocktail to a punch by using these measurements:
- 7.5 cups of bourbon whiskey
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup orange juice
Stir it all together in a punch bowl filled with fresh ice. Top it off with a few bottles of ginger beer.
Using Dry Ice to Create Spooky Cocktails
There’s nothing like the look of smoke billowing out of a punch bowl at Halloween time. The secret ingredient used to create this look is dry ice. Dry ice is solid carbon dioxide (CO2) that is activated when it comes into contact with liquids.
Dry ice is easy to use and so much fun, as long as you understand the proper handling techniques and safety guidelines.
Safety Tips for using Dry Ice
1. Do not touch dry ice or allow it to come in contact with your skin. Doing so could cause severe burns. Wear gloves and/or use tongs to handle it. I’d also recommend wearing long sleeves for extra protection.
2. Always work with dry ice in well-ventilated spaces. Avoid closed cars, garages or rooms without windows.
3. Never ingest dry ice! Make sure that your beverage has stopped smoking completely before drinking it. No more smoke means that the dry ice has evaporated from the beverage.
4. Visit https://penguindryice.com/dry-ice-safety/ to read up on all of the safety guidelines for using dry ice.
How to use dry ice in this Spooky Sour Cocktail
If you’ll be making this Halloween cocktail in a larger punch bowl, drop the dry ice in pieces into the punch bowl and let it do its thing.
If you want to add dry ice to individual cocktails, break up the dry ice into very small pieces the size of ice cubes. Place one piece at a time into a cocktail until you reach the desired effect.
And remember – do not drink your cocktail until there is absolutely no smoke left and the dry ice has completely evaporated.
When you make this Spooky Sour cocktail, I’d love to hear about it! Drop a rating or leave a comment below. Enjoy!
For more bourbon drink recipes, try these:
- Pumpkin Pie Bourbon Cocktail with Ginger & Orange
- Fig Old Fashioned Recipe
- Rosemary Bourbon Sour
- Holiday Manhattan Cocktail
The Spooky Sour (Halloween Bourbon Whiskey Cocktail)
- 3 oz. bourbon whiskey 2 shots
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. orange juice
- ginger beer for topping off
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- Pour bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup and orange juice into a rocks glass. Gently stir.
- Add ice. Top off with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh rosemary.