The candy aisles are stocked, but I just don’t get as excited about those fun size treats as I used to. It was more fun when you earned them – the costume and the pillowcase and ringing the doorbell wondering if you were going to get something really tasty like a Baby Ruth or something gross like anything that had coconut. Now I can go buy an entire bag of peanut butter cups, but then I have to eat an entire bag of peanut butter cups.
I still like treats, but my fun size is roughly the shape of a martini glass. So I decided to adult up my Halloween. Not in the sexy nurse way. I mean cocktails. I know I say I don’t like sweet cocktails – just like I say I don’t want to eat a bag of peanut butter cups – but a well made concoction involving cream and liqueur can prove me wrong.
I found a recipe that seemed like it would do the trick – um, treat – in Garden and Gun. It has a back story of a ghost in a bar, but I really just liked that it had bourbon and pear, so it seemed all Autumny. It’s nice and light with a dash of cinnamon. I suggest going a little easier on the cream and heavier on the bourbon. Best way to get into the spirit.
1 1/2 oz. Bourbon (I used Four Roses Small Batch)
1 oz. Pear Liqueur
¼ oz. simple syrup
3 oz. half and half
Dash of cinnamon
Mix it up in a shaker with ice, strain into a glass, then sprinkle a little more cinnamon on top.
Pair it with some Almond Roca to stay classy – or just go with classic candy corn.