Jack O’ Lantern Cocktail Recipe

A Pumpkin inspired Halloween cocktail. Learn how to make the Jack O' Lantern cocktail recipe with The Cocktail Society's expert mixologists.
Jack O' Lantern Cocktail Recipe

Method

Shake

Glass

Rocks

Category

Cognac

JACK O’ LANTERN COCKTAIL RECIPE INGREDIENTS

35ml Cognac
15ml Grand Marnier
45ml Orange Juice
15ml Ginger Ale

For the “Pumpkin head” garnish:

Fresh orange
Fresh lime

HOW TO MAKE THE JACK O’ LANTERN COCKTAIL

Combine the Cognac, Grand Marnier and Orange Juice in a shaker with ice.

Shake well and strain into a rocks glass.

Top with ginger ale, and then garnish.

GARNISH

Take and orange and cut it in half down the middle. Then cut through again so you are left with a full circular orange slice.

Peel a thin twist of lime. Wedge this into the middle of the orange slice.

Float the “pumpkin head” on the top of the drink.

TELL US ABOUT THE JACK O’ LANTERN COCKTAIL RECIPE

There are a ton of recipes with the name Jack O’ Lantern. Some have rum, other contain vodka.

For us, the combination of sweet orange flavours and spicy cognac perfectly captures the taste of Halloween nights.

The practice of carving Jack O’ Lanterns originated in Ireland centuries ago. Back then potatoes and turnips served instead of the pumpkin we know and love today.

Legends tell of “Stingy Jack”, a nefarious character who asked the devil to enjoy a drink with him. Not the greatest of plans.

Jack was so stingy that he didn’t want to pay for his drink. He sneakily convinced the devil to turn into a coin so that Jack could pay for his round. The things we do for a mate, right?

However, rather than pay for the drinks, the story goes that Jack decided to keep the coin, placing next to a cross which would stop the devil from transforming back to his regular form.

Eventually Jack freed the devil, and after a lifetime of similar tricks he died. However, due to his wickedness he was not allowed into Heaven and so was sent back, with a burning coal to light his way.

The legend tells that Stingy Jack placed the coal into a carved out turnip and has roamed the dark since then.

Jack O’ Lantern Vs The Pumpkin

You may be wondering at this point why we aren’t making a cocktail in the shape of a turnip.

For one, it would be much less appealing to look at.

Secondly, once the practice of carving Jack O’ Lanterns spread further than Ireland and Scotland, other countries began adopting the tradition with their own vegetables.

In England it’s thought that the beetroot was used.

And when the practice crossed the Atlantic and reached America, observers of the ritual found that pumpkins, which are native to America make the perfect Jack O’ Lantern.

Pumpkins have been cultivated for thousands of years, with Indigenous North Americans growing them well before European settlers arrived.

French explorer Jacques Cartier wrote about seeing “gros melons”. Translators noted this down as “pompions” which then adapted over time to become the word “pumpkin”.

Did you know: an absolute beastthe world’s largest pumpkin weighs in at a whopping 867kg and is .

EXPERT TIP

We’re big fans of Frapin Château Fontpinot XO Cognac as well as the Hardy VSOP.

WHAT TO DRINK NEXT

If you enjoyed the Jack O’ Lantern cocktail recipe then check out our full list of Halloween cocktails.

Lovers of all things cognac should check out the Autumnal Fallen Leaves cocktail, as well as the iconic Brandy Crusta cocktail.

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