Drink Of The Week - Jack-o'-Lantern

Phyllis Hoffman Jack O Lantern cocktailAnother over-the-top and too yummy beverage from Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate: Halloween. I just LOVE the almond stem, wouldn't your guests get a kick out of this?

Make it a kid-friendly punch without the alcohol and slivered almond. I would suggest 2 parts orange juice to 1 part orange soda; serve in orange cups with glued-on google eyes as a Jack-o'-lantern face.

Garnish: lime juice, sanding sugar
4 ounces fresh orange juice
2 ounces carbonated orange soda
1 1/2 ounces orange-flavored liqueur
1 1/4 ounces spice rum
Garnish: orange slice, green slivered almond

1. For garnish, dip the rim of a cocktail glass into lime juice, then into sanding sugar to coat.
2. Mix 1/8 teaspoon green food coloring into 1 tablespoon water. Soak almonds in colored water for 1 hour. Remove, and drain on paper towels until dry.
3. Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Add orange juice, orange soda, orange liqueur, and rum.
4. Shake vigorously for 5 to 10 seconds. Strain into desired glass. Float orange slice with a green slivered almond stuck in the middle. Serve immediately.

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