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Witches’ Brew

Image: Tim Nusog

So many Halloween cocktails sacrifice balance for boo! Not the case with the Witches’ Brew, a smoky scotch sour doused with fino sherry and beet juice, which bubbles violently when served in a glass pipe with dry ice. But if special effects in your drink give you the heebie-jeebies, skip them. This Halloween cocktail is just as much of a treat without the tricks.


  • 2 oz Islay scotch
  • 1/2 oz Fino sherry
  • 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz Beet juice
  • Garnish: Dry ice*


  1. Add all ingredients except the beet juice into a shaker with ice and shake until chilled.

  2. Strain into a glass pipe or rocks glass over fresh ice.

  3. Top with the beet juice.

  4. *Dry ice: For the full Halloween effect, drop a small cube of dry ice into the glass using tongs or sturdy gloves. Never use bare hands. Wait for the smoking to stop and the ice to completely melt before drinking your cocktail. Never ingest dry ice.