Ghost-tini Cocktail

Ghostini recipe

The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 4 mins
  • Prep: 4 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

There are a number of specialty Halloween cocktails that are sweet and candy-like, but the ghost-tini truly takes the cake. Behind its creamy caramel and vanilla flavor, you'll also find a hint of pumpkin, so it can even take care of any craving you have for pumpkin cocktails.

The drink begins like many dessert-worthy cocktails with a luscious Irish cream. In this case, that's a caramel-infused version of Baileys. Add some vanilla vodka and a pumpkin liqueur and you have a drink that will grab anyone's attention.

To finish off the pumpkin pie-like experience, the glass is adorned with an Oreo cookie rim. The gummy worm garnish is an extra bonus that turns this into an adult treat with a hint of childhood memories.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Irish cream (Baileys Caramel)
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka (Absolut)
  • 1 1/2 ounces pumpkin spice liqueur
  • Garnish: 1 sandwich cookies (Oreo; finely crushed)
  • Garnish: 3 gummy worms

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a ghostini
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  2. Rim a chilled cocktail glass with crushed cookies. Use a shallow dish of either the Irish cream or pumpkin liqueur to dip and wet the rim before rolling it in the cookies.

    Rim a cocktail glass
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  3. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the Irish cream, vanilla vodka, and pumpkin liqueur.

    Pour in cocktail shaker
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  4. Strain into the prepared glass and garnish with a few gummy worms.

    Strain and serve
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  5. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve
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Tips

  • Pumpkin liqueurs can be somewhat elusive and many brands don't stick around from one year to the next. Explore your local liquor store's offerings and pick up whatever you find. They typically start making an appearance in September and Bols and Hiram Walker tend to be reliable brands. You can also pour Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka.
  • The key to the cookie rim is to crush them as finely as possible. A blender or food processor will make quick work of it. You can also place them in a plastic zipper bag and roll over them with a rolling pin or smash the cookies with a muddler or hammer.

Recipe Variations

  • If you can't find a bottle of Baileys Caramel, pour regular Irish cream instead. You can bring back that caramel flavor with a squirt of caramel syrup (either a coffee syrup or the type used as an ice cream topping).
  • As an alternative to the liqueur, use a pumpkin spice syrup instead. These are often the secret to quickly flavoring pumpkin spice lattes. You can typically find the syrup within the coffee sweeteners at grocery stores during the autumn season.

How Strong Is a Ghost-tini?

This martini may taste all sweet and innocent but it packs a big punch. A good indication of that is the fact that it's made entirely of liquor. Though it can vary depending on which spirits you pour, this cocktail averages out to 29 percent ABV (58 proof), nearly the same strength as the original vodka martini.