We made it pretty clear yesterday with our Nightmare On Bourbon Street cocktail that we get really excited about Halloween here at Lost Republic. Not only is it full of candy, ghost stories, tasteless costumes, horror movies, and let’s not forget, it’s also an excuse to drink one more glass of your favorite Lost Republic whiskey than you usually would (maybe two more than usual if you can hide behind a mask).
While some of us will be out trick-or-treating with youngsters or unwillingly bobbing for apples at a Halloween party, some of us prefer to stay in and watch people getting obliterated by monsters on TV rather than getting obliterated ourselves at a friend-of-a-friends’ second cousins’ twice removed annual Halloween party (that you’re still not sure why you still get invited every year). There’s just something that feels so right about spending a chilly Halloween night wrapped up in blankets, eating your favorite candy, and drinking some delicious whiskey cocktails while watching Freddy Kreuger torment unsuspecting teenagers in their dreams. If that sounds like the night you’ve got planned for Halloween, then listen up because we’ve got three horror throwbacks and the perfect whiskey cocktail to pair with it for your Halloween movie night.
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The Shining — The (Moon) Shining
We can’t talk throwback horror films without giving Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining its proper praise. Although little Danny’s visions and Jack Nicholson’s slow descent into madness probably won’t make you shriek like it did when you first saw it as a little kid, the psychological suspense and eerie atmosphere will definitely still send some chills up your spine. The perfect cocktail to pair with this horror classic? The (Moon) Shining. This blend of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters garnished with a cinnamon stick would have Jack Nicholson’s character salivating. Who knows, maybe if he had this cinnamon apple-infused whiskey cocktail at the Overlook, he wouldn’t have gone so crazy and would still be alive…. nothing like some good ol’ Lost Repub to keep you sane during a long cold winter.
2 oz. Lost Republic whiskey
1 oz. sweet vermouth
Dash of bitters
Garnished with a cinnamon rim and cinnamon stick
Combine into a shaker, strain into a cocktail glass, top with a cinnamon stick, and have sweet dreams of REDRUM.
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Carrie — Whiskey Seduction
Admit it… after seeing Carrie for the first time, you not-so-secretly wished you had telekinetic powers to seek revenge on all of your enemies. However, probably the most memorable scene from this oldie but goodie is the blood-soaked ending that took us all by surprise. So obviously the perfect cocktail to pair with our favorite shy and awkward teen should be as blood-red as that final scene – which is how we landed on the Whiskey Seduction. This cocktail by mixologist Cory Cuff of the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis is a savory blend of rye whiskey, red wine, black currant liqueur and fresh lemon juice that all mixes together into a delicious blood-red concoction. Carrie probably could’ve used a Whiskey Seduction to deal with her psycho mom.
2 oz. Lost Republic rye whiskey
¾ oz. red wine
½ oz. black currant liqueur
½ ox. fresh lemon juice
Lemon peel for garnish
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The Silence of the Lambs — Sparkling Red Wine Cocktail
And finally, the Lost Republic (aka gold standard) of horror movies – The Silence of the Lambs. The story of Dr. Hannibal Lector and Clarice Starling’s chilling friendship won the “Big 5” Academy Awards – Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Picture (the only horror film to ever win Best Picture may we add). Basically what we’re saying is, if you watch any movie this Halloween, make it this cannibalistic psychological thriller and pair it with a Sparkling Red Wine Cocktail. Okay, we know you were expecting a glass of Chianti but I think this blood red cocktail would be sufficient for Dr. Lector’s sophisticated taste. This mixture of Lost Republic bourbon, sparkling red wine, and a sparkling orange beverage of your choosing pairs well with some fava beans (and liver… if you have the same taste as our favorite cannibal psychologist).
⅓ cup of sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 ½ cups sparkling red wine
24 oz. sparkling orange beverage
4 oz. Lost Republic bourbon
Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and spread it on a large plate. Combine the red wine, orange mixer, and bourbon in a large pitcher. Rub an orange wedge around the rims of 8 rocks glasses, then dip glasses in cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat the rims. Fill the glasses with ice, add the cocktail mix, and serve with orange slices for a perfect Halloween night refreshment.