The Adult Side of Halloween

Happy Halloween from Kathey Raskin of Las Vegas! Let’s face it: Halloween isn’t just for the kids. Kathey Jo’s Kitchen understands. You send them out trick or treating, but that’s not going to stop you from dipping into their stash occasionally. Embrace the time of the season, and gather a few of your closest friends and acquaintances for themed hors d’oeuvres, and a few of the fun cocktail ideas below when you host your own adults-only Halloween party. Grown-up themed costumes optional. Play some spooky games, dance the night away to the Halloween music of your youth before you settle in for a scary movie marathon. The opportunities are endless. Make one of these cocktails, and let your fellow Kathey Jo’s Kitchen fans what your favorite is!


Death in the Afternoon

Ernest Hemingway claimed to have invented this cocktail himself. It’s pairs absinthe and Champagne, a dangerous combination that’s not for the faint of heart. He suggested adding iced Champagne to a jigger of absinthe until it attained “the proper opalescent milkiness,” then drink three to five in one sitting. You probably don’t need to go as hard as Papa, but you and your guests could give it a shot.


  • 1 1⁄2 oz Absinthe
  • 4 1⁄2 oz Champagne
  • Champagne flute or coupe


  1. Pour the absinthe into a Champagne flute or coupe.
  2. Top with the Champagne, serve neat.
  3. Enjoy!

Smoking Blackberry Sage Margarita

The Blackberry Sage Margarita is perfectly spooky with its blood red color, smoking sage, and dry ice if you’re so inclined. As a reminder: do NOT touch, drink or eat dry ice.


  • 1-ounce lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 ounces 100% agave silver tequila
  • Fresh and dried sage leaves
  • Blackberries
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Food grade dry ice


  1. Jumble the blackberries and sage together in a cocktail shaker until broken down. They should be fragrant.
  2. Pour in the tequila, lemon juice, bitters, and maple syrup.
  3. Give it a good shake and pour over either a cube of dry ice, or regular ice if using the dried sage leaf.
  4. If using the dried sage, light the tip on fire before serving.


Did you try these recipes? Let me, Kathey Raskin, know in the comments!