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Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

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These drinks — the Good Witch and the Bad Witch — are perfect for sipping on Halloween night.


These two Halloween-themed cocktails are scary good

Are you a good witch or a bad witch? This Halloween, you don’t have to choose! Not all Halloween drinks need to be orange, black or have googly gummy eyeballs in them.

The names of the cocktails alone make them worthy of drinking on All Hallow’s Eve. Here are two Halloween-themed cocktails that are perfect for sipping while you wait to answer the door for trick-or-treaters.

Good Witch
We call this the Good Witch because it uses Strega, an Italian herbal liqueur, which means “witch” in Italian. Considered a digestif, Strega has approximately 70 herbal ingredients and is yellow in color due to the presence of saffron. It’s slightly sweet, semi-viscous and has a bold, complex flavor. In the Good Witch, we pair Strega with a Scotch whisky. Add in some honey simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and a pinch of salt. 
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Bad Witch
The Bad Witch uses the same measurements as the Good Witch, and is basically the opposite drink, with only one shared ingredient — the honey simple syrup. We swap the scotch for bourbon, the Strega for yellow Chartreuse (which is milder and sweeter than Strega) and lemon for lime. Limes are green, and so are bad witches. Don’t worry, nobody will drop a house on you while you drink this. (We hope!)

For a twist, pour the drink into a Collins glass and serve over ice cubes. We call this iteration “Bad Witch on the Patio,” because it’s something that would be nice to sip outside on a sunny afternoon.
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Ashley Twist Cole is the former editor-in-chief of Southern Kitchen. She was also an on-air personality on our podcast, Sunday Supper. Ashley rarely makes the same recipe twice and loves to experiment in the kitchen. After graduating from UGA, she spent several years working in digital strategy for brands including Chick-fil-A, Nike and Coca-Cola. Prior to joining Southern Kitchen, she was the manager of AccessAtlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s things to do and entertainment brand, where she fell in love with Atlanta’s dining scene. Ashley will travel almost anywhere for a good meal and great cocktail, but her favorite place to be is in her own kitchen with her husband Josh and son Whit, trying new recipes and mixing up cocktails.