Halloween is next Friday, but the parties start this weekend, especially the adult costume parties. Orange cocktails are in order for themed parties, and if you’re looking for one that doesn’t come with eyeball ice cubes, I have one you might want to give a try.

Powell & Mahoney sent me some of their non-alcoholic vintage original cocktail mixers to try along with a recipe for the Blood Orange Mule, an orange-tinged cocktail with a lovely ginger bite. Ginger is a fall flavor in my opinion — probably because of the ginger snap cookies that always appeared in the orange boxes each fall at the grocery store when I was kid. So not only does the orange color of this drink say Halloween, the ginger flavor says fall.

P&M uses real juice, essential oils and cane sugar in their mixers. The mixers are available at natural foods stores, Wegmans Markets, Crate & Barrel stores and online. You can use Powell & Mahoney’s Find Us page to find a location near you.


  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. P&M Blood Orange mixer
  • 1 oz. P&M Ginger mixer
  • 3 oz. chilled soda water (club soda)
  1. Fill a shaker with ice and add vodka and mixers.
  2. Shake well and add to a tall glass filled with ice.
  3. Top with soda water. Stir.
  4. Garnish with blood orange slice or lime wedge.
I made the drink as directed, and I really enjoyed it. The bite of the ginger is really pronounced, and it might not be for everyone. So, I wondered how the drink would change with a little simple syrup. I added 1/2 oz. of simple syrup. It added a little sweetness and evened out the bite of the ginger a bit.

I have another orange cocktail on deck for next week, but I’m looking for even more suggestions. Do you have any Halloween-themed cocktails that you enjoy concocting for the holiday?

Wine, beer and spirits disclaimer: I am not paid by any producer of wine, beer or spirits (or in this case mixer producer) to write about their product, although the company may provide me with a sample of the product. I am not a professional reviewer of wine, beer or spirits. I'll write about the product if it's something that I like and if I think the producer is working toward making the product in an environmentally friendlier fashion.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.