black and white photo of guests posing in costume at a True Grit themed halloween party at Jordan Winery

True Grit at Jordan: Halloween Party Drink Recipes and Photos

If you’re still contemplating costumes, concepts and cocktails for your weekend Halloween party, let True Grit at Jordan be your inspiration. Hosted last Saturday night, True Grit at Jordan brought together nearly 300 sommeliers, chefs, restaurateurs, retailers and journalists from across the country for a night of wild west revelry inside Jordan’s storied barrel rooms.

Three of our estate sommelier’s signature drink recipes from the western party are included below.

Hope you all have a safe and wickedly fun Halloween.

True Grit at Jordan (Winery Halloween Bash 2011)

Drink Recipe: Mattie Ross

Summary: This delicious martini has smooth fruit flavors, vivid color and zippy bubbles — a perfect Halloween party cocktail.


  • 2 part Absolut Peach Vodka
  • 1 part Dekuyper’s Sour Apple Schnapps
  • 1 part POM pomegranate juice
  • Fresh lime, quarter squeeze (may substitute 1/4 part Rose’s lime juice)
  • 1/2 part of J Brut Rose
  • Orange twist


  1. Shake all ingredients with ice in a shaker except for the sparkling wine.
  2. Pour into double martini glass.
  3. Layer sparkling wine on top.
  4. Garnish with orange twist.

Preparation time: 2 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 1

True Grit at Jordan (Winery Halloween Bash 2011)

Drink Recipe: Dirty Bob

Summary: This cocktail blends fresh fruit and root beer flavors for a fun taste and vintage presentation.


For infused tequila:

  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 4 slices fresh orange, rind removed and discarded
  • 1 slice fresh Meyer lemon, rind removed and discarded
  • 1 750mL bottle tequila (such as Corazon Reposado)

For the drink:

  • 2 part infused tequila
  • 1 part Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 part Blackmaker Root Beer liqueur
  • 1/4 part Der Lachs Goldwasser Cinammon Schnapps
  • 1/2 part quality craft root beer (such as Sparky’s, Abita or Virgil’s)


  1. Place tequila and fruits into a large demijohn or glass drink dispenser. Infuse fruit flavors and tequila for 4 to 5 days.
  2. Once tequila is infused, mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Serve in a classic mason jar over ice.

Preparation time: 5 days (tequila); 1 minute (drink)
Number of servings (yield): 1 (750mL infused tequila bottle will supply approximately 13 drinks)

True Grit at Jordan (Winery Halloween Bash 2011)

Drink Recipe: Stonehill

Summary: This murky, golden martini has sweet-tart flavors and a mysterious layer of raspberry dust, made with our chef’s Excalibur food dehydrator.



  • 2 part Absolut Wild Tea
  • 1 part Cointreau
  • 1 1/2 part white cranberry juice
  • 1/4 pineapple juice
  • Fresh lime and orange quarters
  • Raspberry powder for garnish (made by crushing pure dehydrated raspberries)


  1. Squeeze fresh lime and orange quarters into a shaker.
  2. Shake all ingredients with ice in shaker except garnish.
  3. Dust half the rim of a double martini glass with raspberry powder.

Preparation time: 2 minute(s), excluding raspberry powder
Cooking time: 1 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 1


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About the Author

Born and raised in rural Kansas, Lisa Mattson fell in love with wine during college in South Florida and worked for a wine magazine before moving to Northern California. She spent almost a decade working as a writer, marketing director and photographer/videographer for Jordan Winery and now serves as a hospitality design and marketing consultant for several wineries, including Jordan. She also designs succulent gardens under the name Sonoma Succulents. When she’s not eating and sipping her way through Sonoma County in the summer and Baja California Sur in the winter, she travels the world with her husband in search of new succulents, ethnic foods, snorkeling spots and tiki bars.

    • Lauren -The Elephant's Trunks
    • October 28, 2011

    The Stone Hill recipe sounds amazing! 

      • Lisa
      • November 1, 2011

      Thank you! Hope you had a great Halloween.

    • benegirl
    • October 27, 2011

    Stunning photos, really!

    • Matt Mauldin
    • October 27, 2011

    Plus 1 on the photos- looks like a great time!

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