Scary Treats: Spooky Disaronno Halloween Cocktails

October 24, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Food, Wine & Spirits

Hey, as soon as my kids are snug as a bug in a rug…I am not one to shy away from a glass of wine or a cocktail. I have to admit, I had never had DISARONNO before I received a sample, but I sure do remember their ads. “DISARONNO in ice?” I had no idea what to expect. The legend of DISARONNO dates back to 1525, when Renaissance artist and Leonardo da Vinci pupil Bernardino Luini was commissioned to paint a fresco in Saronno. To portray the Madonna of Miracles, he chose as his muse a beautiful local innkeeper. She repaid the honor by giving the artist a flask of a fragrant and delicate amber liquor known as amaretto. So if you like the flavor of amaretto (which I do) you might want to give this a try. Personally I prefer a DISARONNO sour and add fresh lemon juice (you can add sugar, but I don’t) and a cherry.

However, if you want to get a little spooky and create some special cocktails for your Halloween party guests might I suggest:

SMASHING PUMPKIN
1 ounce aged rum/ whiskey/ cognac
1 ounce DISARONNO
1 heaping bar spoon of pumpkin pie mix
½ ounce heavy cream
1 whole egg
Place all ingredients into a mixing glass. Dry shake (shake without ice so as to ‘whip’ the ingredients together). Then shake again with ice. Strain into a rocks glass without any ice. Top with freshly grated cinnamon.

A BLOODY GOOD TIME
1 ½ ounces Cazadores Anejo
1 ounce DISARONNO
1 ounce fresh blood orange juice
2 ginger dials (muddled)
½ ounce lemon juice
¼ ounce simple syrup
soda
In mixing glass muddle ginger dials with lemon juice. Add simple syrup; blood orange juice, DISARONNO, and Cazadores Anejo tequila.  Shake and strain into a highball over fresh ice.  Top with soda, fold & stir into cocktail. Garnish with lemon wedge.

– Lauren Dimet Waters

Disclosure: Sample provided for review.

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