Big Batch Cocktails for Fall Festivities

Still haven’t settled on your Halloween big batch brew? We called up cocktail expert Zach Calfee of Armada Bar in Knoxville, Tennessee for a few last-minute recipes to impress your guests. Specializing in prohibition-era cocktails, Zach explained a few interesting facts about cocktails created during a time when the sale, distribution, importation, transportation, and production of alcohol was entirely illegal.

During the 1920s and early 1930s, at its very best, alcohol was far less than impressive. To combat the poor taste, a combination of strong fruit juices, herbs, and sweeteners were added to create a palatable concoction.

Lucky for today’s consumers, the cocktails of the twenties and thirties inspired many of our favorite, affordable indulgences. When it comes to preparing for a crowd, these are precisely the kinds of cocktails to look to for inspiration. Leave the $100 bottles for sipping. Being both delicious and easy on the wallet, Zach put together three prohibition inspired big-batch cocktails to get us through the Halloween celebrations.

Introducing the Whiskey Fallout, Storm in the Orchard, and Spice is Nice. Head down to your local spirits store and you’re just a few minutes to a punchbowl full of warming, autumn flavors. Cheers to a spooktacular celebration!

The Whiskey Fallout

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Rye Whiskey (Overholt or Rittenhouse)
  • 3 cups Oloroso Sherry
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Simple Syrup
  • 4 cups Apple Cider
  • Garnish with a Cinnamon Stick

    Directions

    Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl. Serve in individuals glasses with cinnamon stick garnish.

    The Whiskey Fallout recipe was developed by cocktail specialist Zach Calfee of Armada Bar in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Storm in the Orchard Cocktail Recipe - KaTom BlogIngredients

  • 3 cups Bacardi Oakheart
  • 3 cups Domain de Canton Ginger
  • 2 cups Lemon Juice, Freshly Squeezed
  • 6 bar spoons Apple Butter
  • 1 cup Simple Syrup
  • 3 Bottles of Angry Orchard Cider

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl. Serve in individuals glasses.

The Storm in the Orchard recipe was developed by cocktail specialist Zach Calfee of Armada Bar in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Spice is Nice Cocktail - KaTom Blog Ingredients

  • 4 cups Vodka, Infused with Oranges, Cloves, and Cinnamon
  • 1 jar of Apricot Preserves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Lemon Juice, Fresh Squeezed
  • Top with sparkling apple cider to taste
  • Directions
    Begin by combining 1 cup of boiling water in glass container with apricot preserves. Allow to sit until it returns to room temperature. Combine mixture with lemon juice and vodka. Pour mixture into individual glasses and top with sparkling apple cider to taste.

    The Spice is Nice recipe was developed by Zach Calfee of Armada Bar in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Chelsea B. Sanz
Chelsea B. Sanz

Chelsea Sanz has lived in East Tennessee since her family moved here from South Florida just before she started high school. While she initially begrudged her new home state, she eventually realized she had come to not only love it, but to “bleed orange” as University of Tennessee Volunteers fans here like to say. She and her boyfriend Hunter, a trail worker for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy exploring the nation’s most visited national park and coming up with their own farm-to-table recipes.

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