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Jack O Lantern Cocktail

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Have you ever heard the saying, “if it can go wrong it will”? That is a pretty good description of the past two weeks. It started with an insane cricket infestation…indoors!! So the buggy man came and made them go away…and now I can finally sleep…or so I thought 🙂 Then my mom came out last week to help me and kicked everything into high gear!! {this is a good thing}. This Jack O Lantern Cocktail is an even better thing!

beige netting draped over a black background with two glass bottles decorated with jack o lantern faces, filled with orange cocktails and orange straws

I wish I had thought to take pictures, but there were two guys in the garage putting together cabinets and my barbecue grill. A plumber fixing the drain between the dishwasher and garbage disposal that was clogged, an A/C guy checking out the air conditioning to make sure everything was in working order, and an electrician giving a quote for adding some lighting…all at the same time!! It was complete chaos.

Four days later, the A/C died! So much for getting it checked out. 🙁 I heard a loud BANG and though someone had hit the house. Now in any other part of the country it wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but this is Arizona and it is still 107 degrees outside…and inside! 🙁 Needless to say, I have not been able to do anything in the kitchen for almost a week…it’s just too HOT!

Jack o' Lantern Cocktail with beige netting in the background draped over a black board

So I have been sitting in front of my portable A/C unit thinking of things to make that do not produce any heat….COCKTAILS!!! I wanted to make a ZOMBIE, but I cannot buy passion fruit juice…anywhere!! So this is a twisted interpretation that I have named Jack O Lantern Cocktail, because I bought these really cute jack o lantern glasses. 🙂

How to make a jack o’ lantern cocktail:

Pour about a cup of ice into a cocktail shaker. Now pour in all of the ingredients…..

Jack O Lantern Cocktail shake cookingwithcurls.com

Shake to combine and pour into a cocktail glass…..

Jack O Lantern Cocktail glass cookingwithcurls.com

Fill with ice and serve with an orange wheel and straw…..

two hurricane glasses filled with orange cocktails sitting on beige netting that is draped over a black board

I’m not going to lie, these cocktails are brutal. To tone them down, add additional orange juice and lemonade…and be safe, don’t drink and drive. 🙂

Hopefully the warranty company will stop playing games and fix/replace the A/C so I can get back to work. Otherwise, I might have to make cocktails and ice cream recipes until the temperatures drop…in December! 😉 Update: they did not honor the warranty, they claimed it was pre-existing! Never, ever buy a home warranty from The Home Service Club!!

more fun Halloween cocktail recipes:


beige netting draped over a black background with two glass bottles decorated with jack o lantern faces, filled with orange cocktails and orange straws

Jack O Lantern Cocktail

Make some Jack O Lantern Cocktails to share with your friends this Halloween!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rum, 151, cocktail, orange, liqueur, recipe,
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 362kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1 ounce 151
  • 1 ounce Cointreau orange liqueur
  • 3 ounces orange juice
  • 1 ½ ounce lemonade
  • ¼ ounce grenadine


  • Place 1 cup of ice in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add all ingredients and shake to combine.
  • Pour into glass {jack o lantern or hurricane} and fill with ice.
  • Garnish with an orange wheel and straw, and serve.


Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 170mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 42.5mg

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  1. Ugh the A/C! I’m in Arizona too and ours went out this summer and had to be replaced! No fun! Hope it gets fixed quickly. Hopefully the cocktail helped, it looks relish! 🙂

  2. Wish I had one of your awesome Brownie Bites right now! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!

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