There’s no shortage of weird, tacky and thoroughly unappetizing Halloween recipes out there – and faux-spooky beverages are some of the worst culprits. This bright cocktail is intended for those of you who are tired of topping drinks with fake grenadine “blood” or bleu cheese-olive “eyeballs,” but still want to serve up something that’s true to the Halloween spirit without sacrificing flavor or appearance.


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0
Total Time:
5 minutes

Servings: 1 drink

1/2 the contents of 11.15 oz can of San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa (Blood orange)
1 1/2 oz (1 shot) of your choice of Bourbon (I used Maker’s Mark)
3-5 ice cubes
1 sprig of mint
A splash of ginger ale
1 16-0z mason jar with lid

1. Muddle 3-5 mint leaves in mason jar. (I clearly do not own a muddler, so instead used the handle of a wooden spoon. It worked out just fine.)

Photo by Brooke Gabriel

2. Add ice, Bourbon, and San Pellegrino.
3. Cover with lid and shake. (Avoid spillage and try to not shake mixture too vigorously).
4. Remove lid, top off with ginger ale, and enjoy.

Photo by Brooke Gabriel

Note: If you’re feeling fancy, after step 3 pour the mixture through a sieve and into a fresh glass so that the sieve catches the ice cubes and mint leaves. Some people like doing this so their drink doesn’t become watered down, but is by no means necessary.