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3 Cocktails for Classic Cult Halloween Movies

Another reason to love fall: it’s prime season for spooky screenings. This is what we’ll be drinking once the projector starts rolling:

Rosemary's Baby Cocktail Recipe - Vodka Blush - Halloween Cocktail Idea

Easy & delicious for a Halloween get-together! Basically a vodka blush, it’s also the drink featured in one particular scene in one of the most popular horror movies of all time.


2.5 oz of your favorite vodka
Dash of Quince & Apple Tart Grenadine
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
Rosemary sprig

Fill shaker with ice, add all ingredients & shake. Strain into a champagne glass, and garnish with fresh rosemary.

Pumpkin Shandy Recipe - Halloween Cocktail Ideas

Here’s a simple, 2-ingredient shandy to sip while you’re waiting in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin.

It’s the Great Pumpkin Shandy

2 bottles pumpkin ale – Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale
2 bottles ginger beer – Fentiman’s Ginger Beer
4 slices of orange

Fill 4 pint glasses with ice, divide pumpkin ale and ginger beer between glasses. Garnish with orange slice.

Hocus Pocus - Halloween Cocktail Recipe Idea

If you’re looking for a gin-based cocktail that’s bittersweet and pays homage to a movie featuring a peculiar group of resurrected witches, then this drink’s for you! Our cocktail is a bewitching medley of London Dry Gin, Carpano Antica Formula (a dark, rich, sweet vermouth), Fernet Branca (our favorite Italian liqueur), and Orange Curaçao.


2 oz London Dry Gin – Tanqueray
3/4 oz Carpano Antica Formula
3/4 oz Pierre Ferrand Orange Curacao liqueur
1/8 oz Fernet Branca
Orange zest twist

Stir all ingredients with ice & strain into chilled glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Make Lavender Honey for Garden Cocktails (Guest Post by Parcel Apothecary)

How to Make Lavender Honey for Cocktail Recipes

Shoutout to the pollinators in the garden!

A bee’s daily collection of plant nectar and pollen allows many of our agricultural crops to create seed and fruit, with the stars of the workforce being the honeybee. They make a medicinal alternative to white sugar behind the bar: honey.

Raw honey never spoils, contains every essential nutrient needed for life, and has 30% less calories compared to white sugar. Bonus.

When combined with lavender, a powerful aromatic from the Mediterranean, the herb’s essential oils becomes less volatile and more earthy.  It’s my favorite way to “take” lavender internally.

Lavender Honey:

You can preserve your harvest and build your home bar with honey and fresh garden herbs.

1 cup chopped Lavender (fresh is best)
– flowers and leaves carry slightly different aromas, both are edible
1 pound raw honey
– every jar of honey has a unique collection of botanicals

Combine together and let sit for 1- 4 weeks.  Lasts for years.

To make an Herbal Honey Simple Syrup: Add 1:2 honey to warm water. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove plant matter.


Cocktail Recipes

Mezcal Old Fashioned

– 1.5 oz mezcal
– a healthy dose of bitters
– a dollop of Lavender Honey

DIRECTIONS: Muddle honey & bitters in a rocks glass, pour mezcal over, stir to combine—add ice—stir to chill, garnish with an orange peel.


Lavender Bee’s Knees

2 oz gin
3/4 oz Herbal Honey Simple
3/4 oz lemon juice

DIRECTIONS: Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into glass & garnish with lemon twist.


Sweetened Sidecar

2 oz whiskey, brandy, or cognac
1/2 oz orange liqueur
1/2 oz Herbal Honey Simple
3/4 lemon juice

DIRECTIONS: Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into glass & garnish with orange wedge.


Try infusing honey with any of the edible herbs & flowers in your garden.  To gather what’s growing on the Parcel farm, check out Jessyloo’s website: www.ParcelApothecary.com

Stop by Bottles to pick up the bottled ingredients and home bar tools you need!


Aviation Cocktail Recipe with DIY Violet Syrup (Guest Post by Parcel Apothecary)

Spring flowers are blooming and that can only mean one thing: it’s officially gin season.

Roses are wafting their allure to the city, the violets are carpeting the tree’s roots with purple smiles, and the dandelions are finding their way to the cracks in the sidewalk, slowly taking back the streets. Now is the time to utilize the short window of delicious spring flowers for a classic gin cocktail, The Aviation.


The Aviation is aptly named for its purplish blue hue, which is derived from the lovely violet flower—a true spring ephemeral. In 1930, the Creme de Violette was dropped from the original recipe published 2 decades prior, and did not see a proper resurgence until 2007 when the liqueur was brought back to the US Market.

Creme Yvette was a popular replacement ingredient in the cocktail, which, in addition to violet flowers, includes berries. Today on the farm we made a violet syrup that can be used in place of Creme de Violette in your Aviation cocktail.


My recipe here includes Viola tricolor, a species of violet that blooms longer than the more traditional Viola odorata, and brings a deeper color to the syrup. I prefer to follow the traditional “folk method” when making elixirs: an unmeasured, intuitive method, that is guided by taste and creativity. Just like how your Grandmother does it. Take the recipe below as a guideline, and experiment with variations to suit your sipping style.

How to Make Violet Syrup

– 1 cup tepid water
– 1/2 cup raw honey
– A handful of viola tricolor flowers (50-100 flowers)

Combine water and honey together and add viola tricolor flowers. Mix with a spoon until honey is dissolved and let steep for 1 hour.

Berries Option: For this syrup, we gathered a handful of ripe strawberries and muddled them in to the syrup as well, then poured the syrup through a fine mesh strainer to take out the residual fruit flesh. You could also send the fruit through a juicer, and then add to the syrup.

Voila! Viola!


Aviation Variation
with DIY Violet Syrup

– 2 parts Gin (we recommend Barr Hill Gin)
– 1 part lemon juice
– ¼ part Violet Syrup
– ¼ part Maraschino Liqueur

Shake all ingredients & serve up with a Viola flower garnish.


If you don’t have Viola tricolor growing in your backyard, you can purchase from the Parcel Cocktail Farm located at 219 Pearl Street on the South Side of Providence on Sundays from 1-5pm (excluding holidays). www.ParcelApothecary.com

Jessyloo Rodrigues (Herbaloo)



3 Bully Boy Cocktail Recipes

Using craft spirits really does result in fantastic cocktails! And the hand-produced, small batch spirits created by Bully Boy Distillers in Boston are something to savor. If you haven’t heard of Bully Boy, read our previous blogpost to watch a video tour and learn about their range of whiskey, vodka, and rum.

Below are three easy cocktail recipes that we’re loving this season. For even more recipes, visit the Bully Boy website!


The Hub Punch

1.5oz Bully Boy Hub Punch
3oz ginger ale
3oz Soda Water

Add all ingredients in a glass with ice. Squeeze a lemon wedge and garnish.


White Rooster

2 oz. Bully Boy Organic White Whiskey
1 oz. Cocchi Americano
Dash of Orange Bitters

Stir all ingredients over ice and serve down with an orange peel.



2 oz Bully Boy Boston Rum
.25 oz lime juice
.25 oz grenadine
5 oz ginger ale

Add ingredients over ice and top with 4-5 oz of ginger ale (7-UP works nicely, too).

Cheers & enjoy!