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Toxic Tonic Cocktail

Photo by Tom Arena

Courtesy Kacey Liebes, general manager, Kingfisher, Durham, NC

While Durham’s Kingfisher bar is usually known for studious craft cocktails that emphasize local ingredients, Halloween is the time for “drinks that don’t take themselves too seriously,” Liebes says. Sometimes that means including ingredients that might not otherwise appear on the menu, such as food coloring—which, here, gives pineapple juice an electric green hue.

Garnish with your candy of choice: “Personally, I love the idea of gummy body parts floated on top,” Liebes says. “Really gives the impression that someone has been dissolved into toxic waste.”

This article originally appeared in the October 2022 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine. Click here to subscribe today!

.2 ounces gin
2 ounces green pineapple juice*
Tonic water
4–5 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Gummy body parts, gummy worms, or other candy, for garnish


Combine gin and pineapple juice in a Collins glass.  Add ice, top with tonic water, gently stir. Top with 4–5 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters on top, do not incorporate, let slowly drip down for visual effect. Garnish with candy.

*How to Make Green Pineapple Juice

Add 1 drop of green food coloring to 12 ounces pineapple juice.