The jack-o’-lantern cocktail is as much fun to drink as it is to look at, and it makes for an excellent Halloween party recipe. It features a tasty brandy mix and orange zest with some sparkle and includes a garnish that turns your glass into a pumpkin. The recipe was originally intended to be cooked with Hennessy VSOP Cognac. With this recipe, the orange juice is toned down slightly, allowing the brandy to take center stage, and more ginger ale is added. In addition, a brandy-based orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier will give the drink some extra sweetness, offsetting the semi-tart citrus whilst making it more refreshing. However, you can make little adjustments to any of the ingredients to get your ideal blend.
The “Pumpkin” Garnish
One of the highlights of the jack o’lantern is the garnish. Making pumpkin tops is one of the easiest ways to garnish your dishes, so you should have no problems arranging them at home ahead of time. Garnishes decorated with flowers can simply be stored in the refrigerator until needed. This can be accomplished by choosing a glass that is large enough to accommodate the orange wheel. It’s probably best to use a double rocks glass (old-fashioned) to get the diameter of an average orange. Oranges of a smaller size to use for this drink are also available. It is important to keep a little bit of room around the orange so that it will not block your ability to drink the juice. Definitely feel free to put a sipping straw down the side of the orange if it does touch the edge. This can let you enjoy the drink while still keeping it intact. Cut the lime peel into pieces and cut them into short sections for stems to make multiple drinks. If you don’t want to spiral, you can also cut strips of lime peel and not worry about it. Regardless of how it is mounted, it should appear great and should be centered on the orange wheel.
A jack-o’-lantern cocktail should be tailored to fit your personal taste, and the same is true for cocktails in general. The recipe is a decent starting point since it emphasizes the cognac both in flavor and in alcohol content, while presenting orange as a secondary flavor. Despite the relatively low amount of juice, some people may still disagree with this. It may be a good idea to back off a little more on it depending on the juice you are using. A ratio like this works quite well with freshly squeezed orange juice that has been pulped. It may be appropriate to pour only 1/2 to 3/4 ounces if you select a store-bought orange juice with a more concentrated flavor. Furthermore, you can customize how much ginger ale you want to drink. The drink can be a little orange heavy at first, so after a few sips, just top it off with more soda to give it more life.