While cocktails with liquid nitrogen smoke or a deep almost-black hue are cool for Halloween and all, not every home bar is equipped for that. That’s why this cocktail – essentially a combination of whiskey and wine – is so doable and just as spooky thanks to its deep ruby red color.
The key ingredient here is red wine but don’t use just any red wine. Now, I’m a bit of wine snob (as in, you won’t see me endorsing the wine that rhymes with Mellowrail or Zuplake) so my preferred wine is a California Pinot Noir (more “fleshy” than Oregon – which where my favorite Pinots are from) but it really depends on my mood. And the bourbon I’m using.