Daiq O’ Lantern

Whats more telltale of Halloween than pumpkin? Nothing, they are everywhere. Sadly they are usually dedicated to lawn ornament status and even those are giving up the ghost to plastic glittery knock offs. Long live the plastic ones I say, because pumpkin belongs in your kitchen dishes, and yes your drinks. Pumpkin puree is beyond easy to prepare, but make sure it’s a smaller pie pumpkin. Simply wash, halve and deseed the pumpkin, while preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Place the pumpkins open side down and fill the roasting pan with a little water until it covers a quarter of the pumpkin. Roast for 4-5 to 60 minutes. If your a visual person I liked this handy post here.


So what do monster’s of legend do when they wanna get away from it all? Hit the haunted isles of course for a harrowing hukilau. Take it from the owner of the Coffin Nail Lounge, that old wraith has served everyone from Gillman to Drac himself. But what in the heck do you serve a creep with no head? His answer, take his head for a spin. The Headless Horseman might just be wearing a grin next time he don’s his pumpkin. You would to if you tasted his Daiq O’ Lantern.


Craving some horror in your goblet my fellow Haole Horrors? Well luckily I saw his crib notes.

Daiq O’ Lantern

2 oz Appleton Estate Extra

1 oz Pumpkin Puree

½ oz Cinnamon Syrup

½ oz Orange

½ oz Lime

Dash Angostura

Mist Allspice Dram

Mist a glass with allspice dram and give your other ingredients a hard shake with a hefty amount of ice. Strain into a goblet and serve ice cold.



Man this drink has it all. A hefty amount of spice shows up from the rum and allspice. Plus the cinnamon and pumpkin marry so well with the orange. The lime provides a nice clean finish that’ll leave you wanting more.


One Pumpkin can make about 8 to 10 drinks or more depending on the size of the squash. Make sure your buying a pie pumpkin though. The big decorating ones are no good for cooking. And for heaven’s sake take the time to make your own puree, trust me it’s way better in drinks than the canned goop. Plus you can use any extra for milkshakes for non drinkers, if there are such poor souls. Pumpkin puree goes well with vanilla bean gelato, whipped cream, and a dust of pie spice on top.


The Daiq O’ Lantern requires some prep but once it’s done it’s quite the taste bud tempter, keep it in mind for your own Monster Mash next week.

You Get Hammered America! – JFL


About JFL

Joey or JFL as he is known by friends is a culinary trained mixologist from the Heart of Dixie Birmingham, Alabama. From a weekly column in the St. Clair News Aegis to his own experiments online JFL never stops doing work on Tiki and Cocktails. When he's not studying all things spirit, wine, and beer he's pursuing his own odd interests such as cartoons, cheesy old horror movies, horror punk, hair metal, and hockey
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