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Our Pumpkin Drool shots recipe makes an orange and black colored sweet dessert that is just for grown ups. It’s super fun to make these for a Halloween party, too. After all, pumpkin orange is the “it” color for Halloween – and alcohol shots are is a delicious way to add a seasonal touch. Yum! Be warned though: These pack a punch.

The cocktail sugar rimmer can be a little challenging to get right, because of the tiny pumpkin-shaped candy sprinkles. In order to get them to stick, you will need to brush honey or corn syrup onto the rim of your glasses.

One more note of caution: The black sanding sugar is VERY color intensive and can stain your mouth if you use too thick of a sugar rim.

Want to learn how to rim a glass with cocktail sugar for your shots recipe, when you make up a batch of these cocktail drinks for Halloween? Check out our easy to follow recipe tutorial.

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Pumpkin Drool Shots

  • Author: Patricia Beets



2 oz rum

2 oz sweet vermouth

1 oz apricot brandy

Juice of 1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed


Black sanding sugar

Pumpkin shaped candy confetti (edible)

Honey or corn syrup



Pour 1 teaspoon of the black sanding sugar with 1 teaspoon of the pumpkin confetti sprinkles into a shallow bowl, and mix together.

Brush honey or corn syrup onto the rim of your glass. Turn your glass upside down, at a 45-degree angle, and dip glass rim into the sugar-candy mix. Gently move the glass around the sugar, rotating the glass as you go.

Lift glass out of sugar. Tap off excess. Turn glass right-side up and repeat process. If there are empty spots, it means there was not enough moisture on the rim. To fix, simply dab glass rim with syrup and dip again in sugar mix.


In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add liquids and cover shaker. Shake well, until shaker is frosted, then strain the mixture through a fine strainer and into shot glasses and serve.


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