Eek – it’s Halloween! I am so excited I can hardly stand it.

I love this time of year, especially when we get “cold fronts” (meaning it’s in the 60s for a few days). It’s a time that calls for homemade chicken and dumplings, apple cinnamon candles, scary movies, and pumpkin carving with the boy. That’s what our latest “Fall night,” as we call them, consisted of.
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Jimmy is such a good sport. How many guys will willingly carve pumpkins with their girlfriends every year? Although, he is almost as much of a holiday junky as I am.
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We did alright, huh?!
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Of course, pumpkin carving and seed-roasting isn’t nearly as fun without themed cocktails. I decided to try a few new recipes, and they were too delicious to keep to myself.
We started with an Apple Cider Margarita (recipe below).
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It was my favorite! Tequila and apple cider .. who knew?! After two of those, I decided to switch it up bring out the dessert cocktail: a pumpkin pie martini.
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Yum, right?

So if you’re hosting a Halloween party tonight and want to be the Ghostess with the Mostest, or just want to try some delicious cocktails, give these a shot. (Ha, see what I did there?)

Apple Cider Margarita
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Ingredients:
1 oz. Grand Marnier
1 oz. gold tequila
6 oz. apple cider
Apple and/or orange slices
Cinnamon, cane sugar or sugar in the raw, and white sugar (for rimming the glass)
Cinnamon stick for garnish

Directions:
Add a few spoonfuls of cane sugar, regular sugar and cinnamon to a plate. Run an orange or apple segment around the edge of the glass, then press into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat the rim. Add a few orange and/or apple slices in the bottom of the glass, fill with ice, then add the Grand Marnier, tequila and apple cider and stir to mix. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.

Pumpkin Pie Martini
Ingredients:
4 oz. Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur*
1 oz. vodka
Cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar in the raw (for rimming the glass)
Apple slice
Whipped Cream (optional)

Directions:
Add a few spoonfuls of sugar, and a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon to a plate. Run the apple slice around the edge of a martini glass, then press into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat the rim. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add pumpkin liqueur and vodka. Shake thoroughly, then strain into martini glass. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!
*The pumpkin liqueur can definitely be enjoyed on its own, but I found it to be a bit too sweet for me. The 1 oz. vodka helps tone down the sweetness a bit, while giving it an extra kick. I bet it would be good with a spice rum, too!

Blood Orange Martini
Ingredients:
2 oz. Vodka
4 oz. Blood Orange Juice
Splash of soda water, spring or ginger ale

Directions:
Pour vodka over ice into cocktail shaker. Add blood orange juice, and shake. Strain into martini glass, then top with a splash of soda. Garnish with a blood orange slice.

Witch’s Brew Punch
Ingredients:
750ml of Vodka
750ml of Sparkling Cider
1 quart cranberry juice cocktail
1 liter ginger ale
2 cups pineapple juice

Directions:
Add all ingredients into a large punch bowl or witches cauldron. Stir, and add ice. Garnish with gummy worms and plastic spider rings.

Want more fun Fall cocktails? This blog has a ton of fun recipes!

Do you have any go-to spooky or Fall drinks? Share them in the comments below. I’d love to hear!

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe tonight, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

P.s. I am heading out to a Halloween party tonight and am pretty excited about my 100% handmade costume. I will share tomorrow!

Posted by:Blakeley

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