This Vanishing Ghost Purple Halloween Gin cocktail uses naturally colored indigo gin with fresh peach syrup and citrus to create a delicious, spooky cocktail.
We’re playing a little trick with vanishing cotton candy for a fun surprise to serve at your next Halloween Party.
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- Vanishing Ghost Halloween Gin Cocktail
Halloween Season is here and with it every reason to make a fabulous spooky cocktail!
I’m a fan of nice Halloween - not scary Halloween. No matter how delicious, I don’t want my drinks with lychee eyeballs or fake spiders floating in them. So every drink I create for Halloween has to be delicious and on theme, but not gory or un-appetizingly creepy.
This easy recipe for a Halloween purple cocktail is the perfect drink for pulling off a little Halloween fun and doing a vanishing act with some cotton candy.
- Indigo Gin - I use Empress 1908 Gin in this cocktail, which gives it the purple color. Choose your favorite indigo gin for this recipe.
- Peach Simple Syrup - Homemade peach syrup takes 3 ingredients and 10 minutes to make.
- Fresh Lemon - Use fresh lemon juice in this recipe. You’ll need half a lemon (or less) per cocktail.
- Peach Bitters - I love what peach bitters adds to this drink, but if you can’t find them, just leave them out.
- Cotton Candy - This is the ghost part of this cocktail! Use whatever color you can find and choose the freshest cotton candy possible.
- Dehydrated Orange Slices - For the garnish! Make yours at home with an orange and an oven!
- Decorating Sugar (green, purple, orange, or black) - For the garnish on the rim of your cocktail ! Choose whatever spooky season color your can find.
How to Make a Vanishing Ghost Halloween Gin Cocktail
Pour sugar onto a small, shallow dish.
Run a lemon slice along the top of a stemmed glass (like a coupe glass or martini glass).
Run the rim of the glass in the sugar.
Pile a heap of cotton candy into your glass.
In a cocktail shaker, combine lemon juice, gin, peach syrup, and peach bitters.
Add ice to make the shaker half full.
Strain your cocktail over the cotton candy in the glass and watch it disappear!
Garnish with a slice of dehydrated orange.
Sip and enjoy!
Making Homemade Peach Simple Syrup
While you can buy peach syrup in many specialty stores, I highly recommend making your own at home. My recipe uses 3 ingredients, and you can make it with either fresh or frozen peaches. Get all the directions and tips you need over on my Homemade Peach Simple Syrup page.
Easily Make Your Own Dried Orange Slices
Dehydrating orange slices in your oven is really easy, it just takes a little time. I’ve written up all the directions and tips you need for creating your own dried orange slices on my dehydrated citrus page.
FAQs and Substitutions
I found cotton candy in several stores near me, including Party City and Home Goods. You can use any color cotton candy you’d like in this cocktail. I prefer white or purple to stay on the Halloween color theme, but your vanishing ghost could easily be pink or blue too.
Dried citrus is a popular cocktail garnish, so specialty liquor stores will often carry it, but the best place to get dehydrated orange slices is in your own kitchen. All you need to do is thin slice a fresh orange and dry it out over time in your oven. I have all the directions and tips for doing this over on my Dried Orange Slices page.
While all gin contain juniper berries and other botanicals, indigo gin is a purple gin that gets its color from the addition of butterfly pea blossom. Empress 1908 Gin is the most popular and widely available brand of this gin in the United States.
Empress Gin is widely available throughout the U.S. and is my choice for the indigo gin in this cocktail. If you can’t find it in your area, use your favorite juniper-forward dry gin in this recipe. The color won’t be the same as what you see pictured here, but it will still be a tasty drink.
Speciality grocery stores will often carry peach syrup (look for brands like Monin or Torani), but making it at home only takes 10 minutes and it’s so much more delicious than anything in the stores. Get my 3 ingredient recipes over on my Peach Simple Syrup page.
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