Did it ever occur to anyone that maybe the Evil Queen may have been far less homicidal if someone had just poured the gal an apple cocktail – – or two?

No newt eyes, bat wings, or toes of toads needed in to whip up this scary good Halloween-themed cocktail, or it’s kid friendly mocktail version. The recipe is so simple that with the wave of a wand, or a softly spoken incantation, anyone can conjure up a batch big enough for a bash filled with your favorite monsters, or a smaller one for you and the coven to enjoy. 

“Dip the apple in the brew, let the Sleeping Death seep through.” ~Evil Queen

Both recipes call for a simple syrup made from sour apple hard candies. I mix this up in advance of our annual Halloween party and just store it in the fridge. It is terrifyingly easy to make {okay, I’ll stop with the bad Halloween puns now… or will I? bwaaah haha} and keeps well, though it may separate. If it does, just shake it up. 

sour apple syrup

10 Sour Apple Hard Candies {think, jolly ranchers}
2 cups of Water
1 large Plastic Storage Bag
Rolling-pin or crab mallet

Put the water into a heavy-bottomed sauce pan and set to boil. Place unwrapped candies in bag. Beat the heck out of them with your mallet until it’s dust – best. therapy. ever. Put candy in the water and stir until it dissolves, let it cool and Bob’s your uncle – you made it!

deathly rimming sugar

2 tbsp Dark Corn Syrup
2-4 drops Cinnamon Oil
Black Food Coloring
Turbinado Sugar

Mix cinnamon oil and food coloring into the corn syrup. Dip the rim of your glass into the mixture, then roll in sugar.

poison apple cocktail - (cool) progeny #cocktail #halloween

poisoned apple cocktail

3 oz (or two shot glasses full) Paddy’s “Devil’s Apple” Irish Whiskey
1.5 oz Apple Cider
1.5 oz Sour Apple Syrup

Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice. Serves one, to make more just double accordingly.

poisoned apple mocktail

3 oz Apple Cider
3 oz Sparking Apple Juice
1.5 oz Sour Apple Syrup

Stir together cider and syrup, top with sparking apple juice. Try rimming this one with pop rocks instead of sugar. Also, you might want to leave out the cinnamon oil for the little ones, it has a bite that would make Dracula envious.