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Halloween Party Perfect Apple Cocktails

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and we have five delicious apple cocktails to help you celebrate Autumn



Melbourne Apple sour
  • 2 ounces Starward Two-Fold Whisky
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce egg white
  • Apple cider, to top


  1. Combine ingredients except for the apple cider in a shaker without ice.
  2. Shake vigorously to whip up the egg whites. Then add ice and shake again until very cold.
  3. Double strain into a coupe glass and float apple cider on top.



Cold Comfort
  • 1 ½ ounces Crystal Head Vodka
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 4 ounces apple cider
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick


  1. In a cocktail shaker, add Crystal Head Vodka, dark rum and apple cider with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously for 10 – 15 seconds.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass with ice.
  4. Garnish with cinnamon stick, finely grated cinnamon, and thinly sliced apple.


Zaya Apple Ginger


  • 2 ounces Zaya Gran Reserva
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ¼ ginger syrup
  • 1 ½ ounces apple cider
  • Ice (for shaking)
  • Crushed ice (for serving)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake well with ice.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with fresh mint & a lime wheel


Tanteo Tequila Mexican Spiced Apples


  • 1 ½ ounces Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila
  • 2 ounces fresh apple juice
  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lime juice


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker.
  2. Shake well and pour into a ice-filled Rocks Glass.
  3. Garnish with apple slice and cinnamon.


Serves 7

Three Spirit Mulled Social Cider


  • 1 liter non-alcoholic apple cider
  • 7 fl ounces Social Elixir
  • 3 lemon wheels
  • 3 orange wheels
  • 1 stick of cinnamon, broken into pieces
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 black cardamom, cut open
  • 5 allspice berries, crushed


  1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan or soup kettle and heat gently until steaming.
  2. Serve.

A large-batch cider that keeps the good vibes of the party going – without the alcohol. Made with Three Spirit Social Elixir, Cacoa, Lion’s Mane Mushrooms and Damiana – raises the spirits for a blissful mood.

Cacao Euphoric heart opener
Cacao raises spirits, eases the soul and encourages connections. Full-bodied and bittersweet with a curious savory bite, its balancing effect keeps you blissful and tuned-in.
Lion’s ManeThe potent nootropic saprotroph
Lion’s Mane has been used for centuries for its nootropic properties and its delicate taste. cultivated on sustainable beds, it keeps you focused while you make new memories.
Damiana – Ancient Mexican aphrodisiac
Damiana has been used for centuries by people aiming to access their subconscious and induce lucid dreams. Floaty, flirty, with a deliciously unique aromatic flavor.

Crystal Head Vodka MOJO

Tasty and refreshing, this delicious MOJO recipe is perfect for summer’s last hurrah.

Crystal Head Vodka’s version of the Mojito is pure deliciousness and perfect for the last 3-day weekend of summer. Raising a toast to all of you this Labor Day weekend with Crystal Head Vodka’s refreshing MOJO.

Crystal Head Vodka MOJO


  • 2 ounces Crystal Head Vodka 
  • ¾ ounces fresh lime juice 
  • ¾ ounces simple syrup 
  • 8-10 mint leaves


  1. Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and gently muddle mint.
  2. Add ice and shake vigorously for 8-11 seconds.
  3. Double strain into a tall collins glass over ice.
  4. Add fresh mint crown and lime wheel for garnish.

Celebrate Summer with Red, White and Blue Sangria

strawberries-om-om-fruits-red-82978-largeHow do you quench the thirst of a hungry crew without spending all day behind the bar? A few pitchers of pre-made, chilled Sangria. The best thing about whipping up Sangria is that you can put together a pitcher or three the night before and pour after your guests arrive.

Customize this cocktail to fit your favorite flavor profile.  If you enjoy  peaches add peach schnapps or peach vodka and fresh or frozen peaches. Watermelon flavor? Do the same. In fact you can use nearly any flavor of vodka or schnapps and toss in your desired fruit. Keep in mind we are creating a “white” sangria today, and are keeping the “spirit” flavors light.

Since the wine will not be the focus of what you are tasting,  save what’s in your cellar for another time. When it comes to wine for sangria, look to quantity, not quality.

The best thing about a simple sangria is you can use whatever fruit you have on hand or is in season.  This recipe is all about celebrating Independence Day, so we are keeping the colors patriotic with red, white and blue hued additions.

For the red, strsummer-blueberries-stephanie-herington-largeawberries are the perfect addition. Blue, blueberries and the whites are apples, pears or pineapple. Cut in half, remove the core gently and use different sized star cookie cutters to cut out the white star shapes. How much fruit you use in your sangria is a personal choice. You may want to use 3/4 of your fruit to stir in and chill overnight, while freezing your remaining fruit ( strawberries and blueberries only ) to use instead of ice the following day so your cocktail stays chilled, but doesn’t get watered down.

One bottle of wine, makes about 8 servings of sangria. Pour all of the ingredients together and stir well, chill for at least four hours. Chill and save the ginger ale or sparkling wine for later.

Red, White and Blue Sangria

Red, White & Blue SangriaIngredients

  • 1 750ml bottle of sweet white wine, Pinot Grigio, Riesling or Moscato
  • 1 cup peach schnapps or peach flavored vodka
  • 2.5  cups, blueberry and strawberry combo – cut strawberries in half.
  • 2 large apples or pears
  • 2 cups gingerale or sparkling wine to top off.
  • Star Cookie Cutters, different sizes


  1. In a large pitcher, combine wine, schnapps or vodka, and fruit. Stir well and chill at least four hours, preferably overnight. The flavors will develop more the longer it chills.
  2. When ready to serve add gingerale or sparkling wine. To keep chilled during your celebration add some frozen blueberries or strawberries. Your sangria will keep cold, not watered down.

Food Network’s Spirited Candy Corn Cocktail

When planning the neighborhood Monster Bash that really knocks your guests socks off,. it’s important to have a bit of variety. The ultimate Halloween Soiree takes more concentration and time than a simple dinner party.  Visualizations and decor  need to be considered, costumes and sound effects and music.

When planning appetizers, cuisine and beverages, the cocktails really take some thought and planning as they are usually out of the norm for this type of event and keeping in theme is important.

When it comes to bewitching recipes, Food Network is one stop shopping. Follow the link below and spend some time browsing.

Food Network's Candy Corn Cocktail

candy-corn-cocktailYields: 2 drinks


For the infused vodka:

  • 1/2 cup candy corn
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka

For the cordials:

  • 2 ounces orange liqueur
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 large egg white
  • Candy corn, for garnish


  1. Infuse the vodka: Combine the candy corn and vodka in an airtight container; set aside for at least 3 hours, then strain.
  2. Make the cordials: Add 4 ounces of the candy corn vodka, the orange liqueur, lemon juice and egg white to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Strain into 2 chilled martini glasses and garnish with candy corn.



Check out the full list of Food Network’s “Spooky” Halloween Cocktails

Cool Down with a Summertime Favorite; The Georgia Peach by Shaun the Bartender

Shaun the Bartender's Georgia Peach

Shaun the Bartender’s Georgia Peach

Sitting under a tree in the cool shade while slowly sipping a chilled summer cocktail is a great way to take a break on a hot afternoon.  The fresh taste of peach and the snap of cold lemonade will rejuvenate the soul and refresh the body.  

Georgia Peach

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
  • Splash of Grenadine
  • Lemonade 

Method:  In a highball glass with ice, pour in the measured amounts of vodka and peach schnapps.  Add a splash of grenadine.  Top off with lemonade.  Stir.  Add a half wheel of lemon to the side of the glass for garnish.

A vodka drink with a refreshing peach undertone, topped with the nice summertime favorite – lemonade, it’s just what you deserve after a long day working on your property.  Be sure to get the hammock set up prior to pouring the first one. -Shaun Daugherty

 I do recommend that you take a moment and watch Shaun concoct this little beauty at the link below.  Also, pop over to his site and hit the follow button.  There is a new cocktail every day for your imbibing and entertaining pleasure.

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Watch Shaun whip up tthe Georgia Peach