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Professor’s Poisoned Apple – Scotch Cocktail

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Last Updated on November 3, 2022 by The Noms

With fall coming in with full force, we know you will be looking for dry ice cocktails for parties! Here’s a Scotch Halloween Cocktail to get you started!


When the weather starts to turn cool and the leaves start to turn beautiful colors around our neck of the woods, that means apples! When it gets to be fall here in Nebraska, lots of families plan trips to the local orchards to pick apples, experience a hay rack ride and sip on fresh apple cider. While all that fun fall festivities are taking place, it also means that there is another fall favorite starting up, Halloween!


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Red Halloween Cocktail being poured into laboratory beakers. Gold straws and silver cocktail shaker.


One of our good friends always has a big Halloween party where costumes are mandatory, the games ridiculous enough to get ensure everyone gets a laugh and everyone has a fun time. Naturally we want to do our part and we can’t only show up in costume! We also want to bring something fun to drink that will help set the mood.


We were looking for a costume theme for this years party and hit on the idea of a mad professor! The mad professor theme worked out really well for us as we had found these really great little novelty glassware that looked like lab beakers, which just might be perfect for serving a fun Halloween themed cocktail out to our friends!


Red Halloween Cocktail in laboratory beakers. Gold straws and silver cocktail shaker.


Scotch Halloween Cocktail

To make these dry ice cocktails, we started out using a bit of fresh local apple cider. Apple cider is one of those flavors that really fits its season.


It’s pleasingly tart with a crispness that feels like the chill of a fall morning, while still having enough satisfying sweetness that it is a real treat. Apple cider pairs well with all kinds of spirits which makes it a great mixer in cocktails. Especially in cocktails with warm brown spirits like scotch or bourbon that are commonly found in fall and winter cocktails. So, it perfect fits with this Scotch Halloween Cocktail!


Red Halloween Cocktail in laboratory beaker. Gold straws and silver cocktail shaker. Dry ice over all.


Fall Cocktail

Speaking of warm brown spirits, we went with a combination of a scotch and amaretto as the base of this cocktail. The amaretto brings a sweet nutty character to these dry ice cocktails. It seems to counter the natural tartness of the apple cider. A splash of scotch brings a dark toasty edge and the peaty smoke flavor reminded us of a cool fall evening around a fire pit with friends!



We wanted the Professors Poisoned Apple cocktail to be an eye catcher. While apple cider, scotch and amaretto make for a great flavor combination, the tan color isn’t exactly bright and flashy! We know that a bright color is a good way to make a drink stand out, especially at a party! So of course, we decided to mix in another great fall flavor, cranberry juice.


Not only was the cranberry juice a nice red, the addition of the cranberry juice bringing just the right amount of sourness that rounded out these dry ice cocktails.


Red Halloween Cocktail in laboratory beakers. Gold straws and silver cocktail shaker. Cauldron in back with dry ice.


What Ingredients are Needed for the Professor’s Poisoned Apple Cocktail?

  • Amaretto
  • Laphroaig Scotch (we used the 10 year)
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Apple Cider
  • Peychaud’s Bitters (for the red color)
  • Dry Ice (more info below)


A healthy dose of Peychaud’s Aromatic Bitters brought the finishing touch, with the hints of licorice (hey this is a Halloween drink after all!) tart cherry and clove. They bring a complex bit of floral bitterness to the Professor’s Poisoned Apple. Not only does the Peychaud’s bring a great flavor, it also happens to have a nice red color that when combined with the cranberry juice turns the cocktail a brilliant red.


Plus, adding bitters from their ornately decorated bottle gives just the right theatrical flair that works for a cocktail named the Professor’s Poisoned Apple!


Red Halloween Cocktail in laboratory beaker. Gold straws and silver cocktail shaker. Dry ice in cocktail.


Halloween Party Effects

While the flavors were spot on, with these dry ice cocktails being for a Halloween Party, we had to make sure that we went to the next level and added a bit of flair to the final presentation. Adding a few chips of dry ice to the cocktail just before serving will get the cocktail bubbling away like some magic potion, and clouds of vapor to erupt from the top of the glass!


Combine this with the bright red color and you definitely have eye catching dry ice cocktails that look like it is right out of a mad professor’s lab! Cheers to this Scotch Halloween Cocktail at your next party!


Red Halloween Cocktail in laboratory beakers. Gold straws and silver cocktail shaker. Dry ice over all.


One note of caution, always wait till the dry ice has stopped bubbling before consuming the cocktail as dry ice is extremely cold and could cause someone to get frostbite should they let it touch their lips or tongue!


Pair it with our Halloween Charcuterie for a winning party combo! Or, a fun Hocus Pocus Cocktail or Halloween Pumpkin Cocktail are great choices, too!




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Red cocktail in laboratory beakers with dry ice smoke in both. Green and purple glitter sticks behind
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Professor's Poisoned Apple

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A spooky Halloween cocktail, perfect for effect and a party, we give you the Professor's Poisoned Apple!


  • 1.50 ounces Amaretto
  • .75 ounce Laphroaig Scotch
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1.50 ounces apple cider
  • 10 drops Peychaud's bitters
  • Dry Ice (optional)


Combine all ingredients except dry ice into a cocktail shaker.

Shake to combine. Strain into glass (or laboratory beakers as we did!)

Top with a few chips of dry ice.

Don't drink until dry ice has evaporated.



Note on Dry Ice: Don't let the ice cubes touch your mouth or skin, and don't drink them. Wait until they melt (the bubbling stops), before drinking your cocktail.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: .1gSodium: 3357mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1.1gSugar: 40.9g

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Friday 18th of September 2020

Dry ice should NEVER be consumed!!!

Using Dry Ice:

Dry ice can cause burns or frostbite. Avoid skin contact with dry ice and consider handling it wearing cloth or leather gloves, using towels, etc. Dry ice should never be consumed. Not only can it burn internally, it releases gas as it turns from a solid to a gas.

The 'Noms.

Saturday 19th of September 2020

Hi there! Yes, you are correct, which is why we talk about that in the recipe that you should wait for the dry ice to dissolve before drinking the cocktail! Cheers!

Sprinkles and Sprouts

Friday 28th of September 2018

Thanks for including my Witches Blood cocktail :D

The 'Noms.

Saturday 29th of September 2018

Of course! Love all these Halloween cocktails!

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