It's a Halloween Happy Hour! This blackberry bourbon cocktail is perfect for getting you in the Halloween spirit bringing maximum taste and spooky color without using any food coloring or hard-to-find ingredients.
A blackberry bourbon cocktail is perfect for your Halloween festivities - whether you're walking trick-or-treaters around the neighborhood, passing out candy to costumed kiddos, or watching your favorite scary movie. Themed cocktails make any event more festive, and a Halloween Party definitely needs Halloween cocktails.
When it comes to Halloween drinks, this is a simple cocktail. Let's skip the dry ice and punch bowl in favor of a more individualized Halloween drink experience. In my world Halloween events are nighttime festivities, and I want the kind of drink that doubles as a nightcap - not something green and overflowing with sugary garnishes.
Bourbon is my go-to spirit for evening drinks, so for this cocktail recipe I paired it with two of my favorite fruits - juicy blackberries and fresh orange. Both lend a sweetness to the drink, but we're using the orange for both its juice and zest, letting the citrus oil combine with the orange bitters to keep this from becoming an overly sugary sip.
How to Make a Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail
Fill the mixing glass half full with ice.
Stir for 10-15 seconds to chill the cocktail.
Express a piece of orange peel over your cocktail.
Garnish with the orange peel and/or fresh blackberries.
Can't find ginger liqueur? Leave it out when mixing your cocktail, then add a splash of ginger beer or ginger ale to your spooky cocktail before enjoying!
Fresh squeezed orange juice is important in this recipe! Buy the fruit, not the bottle of juice. Besides, you need the orange peel for your drink anyway.
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FAQs and Substitutions
Use your favorite bourbon, just not one that's flavored (honey, apple, etc.). I like Bulleit Bourbon or Buffalo Trace in this drink.
Yes! If you can't find fresh berries, frozen blackberries are a great choice. Just make sure you thaw them first before crushing in your mixing glass.
You make it! Combine ½ cup honey with ½ cup hot water. Stir until the honey is dissolved. Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Chill the mixture for at least 2 hours before using in your cocktail. Get more tips and syrup information on my DIY Simple Syrup page.
Bourbon smashes are delicious on a hot summer day, but this cocktail isn't a smash cocktail in large part because of its lack of fresh herbs. Similar to a mint julep, a blackberry bourbon smash contains a lot of mint leaves. Crushing that fresh mint gives the cocktail an entirely different flavor than what this recipe has. Which is also why this drink doesn't have a mint sprig for garnish. This delicious recipe is the perfect way to enjoy a cozy (or spooky!) fall night. A whiskey smash or bourbon smash is better for a warmer time of year.
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