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Halloween Apple Cocktail Recipe

Happy Hour: Sinister Cider Cocktail

If you love spirited Halloween beverages but are looking for a libation that's not quite as interactive as a Slime Rickey or an Eyeball Highball, then try this Sinister Cider cocktail; it incorporates the dark hues of Halloween without losing an ounce of sophistication.

Black sanding sugar isn't the easiest item to find, but if you can track it down (I located some at a nearby Williams-Sonoma), it'll add a truly memorable touch. When the sugar melts, it turns a greenish hue for an even eerier effect! For the spooktacular recipe, keep reading.

Sinister Cider Cocktail

Sinister Cider Cocktail

Fast and Easy Halloween Cocktail Recipe


Fine black sanding sugar
1 lady apple, chopped
1/2 lime, cut into wedges
1 ounce maple syrup
1 ounce apple cider
2 ounces vodka
Club soda
1 thin crosswise slice lady apple, for garnish


  1. Moisten the rim of a martini glass with water. Place sanding sugar in a saucer and dip rim of glass in sanding sugar to coat; set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together apple cubes and lime wedges. Add syrup, cider, and vodka; fill with ice. Cover and shake until well combined. Strain into prepared martini glass; top with club soda. Garnish with apple slice and serve.

Makes 1 cocktail.

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