Pumpkins, apples and candy-inspired cocktails galore? Oh, it must be October.
Good thing you’re prepped for party season with crowd pleasers like a hot Pumpkin Toddy and a jack o’lantern garnish that will up your hosting game to legendary status.
Lean in closer for a whiff of this fragrant Toddy. You’ll be rewarded with the fetching scent of apple brandy warmed with rye whiskey, pumpkin puree and maple syrup. Party guests won’t even need your location. They’ll smell this stunner from a mile away.
A variation on a White Lady, this gin-based coupe carries crème de violette, orange flower water and edible flower petals, but blue curaçao is the crown jewel. It’s poured last to complete the cocktail, a tribute to the long-term ghostly guest of Louisville's Seelbach Hotel.
Hold on, pumpkin-haters. There’s no actual squash in this cocktail, only a cheerful grinning garnish carved from a whole orange. Mesmerized by their personal jack o’lantern, your party guests probably won’t even notice the cocktail underneath. But you’ll be happy to hear that it’s a speedy shakerful of vodka, fresh orange juice and triple sec. That’s good, because you’ll need that extra prep time for carving.
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