We asked three rockstar female mixologists to create a fall-inspired cocktail perfect for serving at Halloween parties or whenever you need a lift.
Megan Deschaine is the vice president of the Charleston Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild and the bar manager at The Macintosh. She won the Iron Mixologist competition at the Charleston Wine + Food festival in 2015.
Megan, a fan of true crime TV shows, says she wanted to create a “fall sour that looked like it may have been left on a cocktail table at a slasher a la Carrie” complete with a “blood” garnish of a simple spiced reduction of dry red wine, cherry cordial and cloves.
The Darkest Sour
1.5 oz. London Dry Gin
1 oz. Lemon Juice
.75 oz Domaine de Canton
.5 oz Pear Brandy
.5 oz Simple Syrup
1 egg white
Garnish: Cherry Cordial Wine Reduction
Shake all ingredients with ice, then reshake without ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Aggressively, garnish the cocktail with dasher of wine reduction.
Caroline Woodruff is a bartender at Proof and Lowlife on Folly Beach. She is the winner of the 2018 Iron Mixologist contest at the Charleston Wine + Food festival.
Caroline describes her cocktail as a “savory & spiced sipper.” She says she added nutmeg, black peppercorn and chile to her homemade stone fruit honey syrup “to bring in those autumnal flavors we’ve all been waiting for.” “This is inspired by the first of the season oyster roasts tucked in the beautiful spaces around Charleston,” she says.
Roast with a View
1 oz Lustau Olorosso Sherry
.75 oz Bacardi Green Reserva 10year
.75 oz Homemade Spiced Stone Fruit syrup
.25 oz Hoodoo Chicory Liqeuer
1 dash Cardamom bitters
Stir. Serve over ice with an orange twist.
Rochelle Jones is a bartender at Stars Rooftop & Grill Room. She owns her own cocktail company, Southern Twist Cocktail Co., which produces a line of all-natural cocktail syrups in flavors, such as lavender and vanilla and ginger and jalapeno.
Rochelle’s cocktail combines her love of “all things that sparkle, mermaids and Halloween.” It’s a spin on the classic French 75 cocktail. The cocktail features her newest product, sparkly and colorful cocktail drops to add shimmer to cocktails and sparkling wine.
Mermaids & Dreams
1 oz Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka
3 oz Prosecco
1 oz Southern Twist Lemongrass & Basil Craft Cocktail Infusion
.5 oz Southern Twist Mermaid Tears Shimmer Drops (for the aqua color)
.5 oz Lemon juice
Shake all ingredients except prosecco and strain into champagne flute. Add prosecco. Finish with lemon twist.