Jack-O-Lantern Cocktail

A simple recipe that is perfect for a spooky Halloween party, the jack-o’-lantern cocktail is as fun to look at as it is to drink. It features a tasty mix of brandy and orange with a little sparkle and includes a garnish that turns your glass into a pumpkin.

The recipe is adapted from one that was developed for Hennessy cognac. It backs off the orange juice a little, letting the brandy take more of a starring role, and it adds more ginger ale. That should give the drink a little more sweetness to offset the semi-tart citrus while making it more refreshing. You can, however, make little adjustments to any of the ingredients to get your ideal mix.

Steps to Make It


  • 1 1/2 ounces cognac (Hennessy VSOP Cognac)
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (Grand Marnier)
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 2 ounces ginger ale (to fill)
  • Garnish: orange wheel and lime twist

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake the cognac, liqueur, and juice.

  3. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger ale.

  4. Float an orange wheel with a lime twist poked into the top.

  5. Serve and enjoy!



  • Every cocktail needs to be customized to suit your personal taste and the jack-o’-lantern is no different. The recipe is a good starting point that puts more focus on the cognac and ginger ale, leaving the orange ingredients as a background flavor.


  • This may still be too much orange juice for some people. You may want to back off a little more on it, depending on the juice you are using. This ratio works rather well with fresh-squeezed orange juice that has the pulp removed. If you choose a store-bought orange juice with a more concentrated flavor, you may want to pour only 1/2 to 3/4 ounce.


  • You can also customize the amount of ginger ale. If you find the drink to be a little orange heavy, simply add more soda after the first few sips and give the drink a little more life.

Have a nice party!


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