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Artisan Cocktails for Fall & Halloween




  • 1 cup light rum
  • ¼ cup whole allspice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar


STEP 1. Crush the allspice berries in a mortar and pestle or grind them in a spice grinder. You want coarse, large pieces and not a fine grind.

STEP 2. Place the crushed allspice in a sealable glass jar and pour the rum on top. Seal the jar and shake well. Let this mixture steep for 4 days, shaking daily. On day 5, break up the cinnamon stick and add it to the mixture.

STEP 3. After 12 days total steeping, strain out the solids through a fine-mesh strainer. Then strain again through a coffee filter into your final bottle or jar.

STEP 4. Heat water and sugar on medium until boiling, stirring to dissolve, about 5 minutes. Let the syrup cool, then add it to the strained allspice infusion. Shake and then let rest for a minimum of two days before using.




  • 1 ounces silver tequila (100% agave)
  • 2 ounces Rothman & Winter Orchard Pear
  • ¼ ounce allspice dram
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juicer
  • Garnish: fresh or dried pear slice


STEP 1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, pear liqueur, allspice dram, and lemon.

STEP 2. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.

STEP 3. Strain into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass. Garnish




Or Try The Halloween Favorite






  • 2 parts Knob Creek® Bourbon
  • ¼ - ½ part simple syrup. See recipe below.
  • Dash of Fee Brother's Aromatic Bitters
  • Lemon Peel
  • Stir and strain the bourbon, simple syrup and bitters
  • Garnish with a lemon peel

SIMPLE SYRUP RECIPE: Stir together equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat, occasionally stir and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool. Transfer the syrup to a container with a tight fitting lid, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.



STEP 1: Mix your drink in a bar shaker or glass. Cover the top of the shaker or carafe with plastic wrap, leaving one edge open for the rubber smoking tube of a smoking gun (we used The Smoking Gun available at Food52).

STEP 2: Insert the tube all the way to the bottom of the drink. Fire the smoking gun to fill the shaker with smoke. Quickly remove the hose and seal the top of the shaker with plastic.

STEP 3: Let stand for three to four minutes, then uncover and stir in the smoke with a bar spoon. Repeated as needed to achieve the desired degree of smokiness.