It’s time to return to Hawkins, Indiana, circa 1983, when a group of curious and courageous young boys and one very strange yet powerful little girl take on a looming supernatural spirit. “Stranger Things” is back this Friday, October 27, and just in time for Halloween weekend! The return of Eleven and the gang voyaging through thrilling chapters of uncovered secrets and flashing Christmas lights has us on the edge of our seats. So, with help from the cocktail experts at The Atomic Bar & Lounge, Swingshift and Coopers’ Craft, we’ve created four dark-spirited cocktails inspired by our favorite “Stranger Things” characters and moments. Join us in saying “Cheers” to the return of “Stranger Things” with these themed cocktails!

Season 2 of Stranger Things debuts this Friday, October 27, and just in time for Halloween weekend! Image: Stranger Things

Season 2 of “Stranger Things” debuts this Friday, October 27, and just in time for Halloween weekend! Image: Stranger Things

“Stranger Things” Cocktails

Eleven

Unexpected and sweet with a bit of a kick, this cocktail by Steva Casey of Swingshift is aptly named Eleven. Gin, Strega and fresh lemon juice combine with ginger simple syrup and club soda to create a refreshing libation for any time of the year. Find Steva’s delicious recipe below.

"Eleven" Cocktail by Steva Casey of SwingShift

“Eleven” Cocktail by Steva Casey of SwingShift

Eleven

Steva Casey of Swingshift
Unexpected and sweet with a bit of a kick, this cocktail is delicious and refreshing!
5 from 1 vote
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 ounces Bristow Gin
  • .5 ounce Strega
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce ginger simple syrup see recipe below
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • candied ginger for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients except club soda into a shaker.
  • Shake with ice for 30 seconds.
  • Add club soda to shaker.
  • Pour into collins glass with ice.
  • Garnish with candied ginger.
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Ginger Simple Syrup

Steva Casey of Swingshift
This recipe adds a sweet spice to your bar routine.
5 from 1 vote
Course Syrup
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 oz. peeled chopped fresh ginger

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients into medium saucepan.
  • Simmer until sugar is dissolved.
  • Turn off heat, and let steep for 30 minutes.
  • Strain off solids and store syrup in glass container.
  • Refrigerate.
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Leggo my Eggo

Eggos have taken on a whole new meaning after the first season of “Stranger Things,” given Eleven’s nearly obsessive fondness for the frozen waffles. So, this spicy cocktail by Coopers’ Craft is sweetened with the waffle’s best friend, maple syrup. Plus, its deep hue is a creative reflection of the dark mysteries surrounding “The Monster” and “The Upside Down”!

"Leggo my Eggo" cocktail by Cooper's Craft. Image: Tabitha Booth

“Leggo my Eggo” cocktail by Coopers’ Craft | Image: Tabitha Booth | sponsor Coopers’ Craft 21+

Leggo my Eggo

Coopers' Craft
This spicy cocktail is sweetened with maple syrup!
5 from 1 vote
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 2 parts Coopers’ Craft
  • 1/4 part ancho chile liqueur
  • ½ part maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Garnish with orange slice and dark cherry

Instructions
 

  • Stir all ingredients together in an ice-filled mixing glass.
  • Strain over fresh ice-filled rocks glass.
  • Garnish with expressed orange peel.
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The Upside Down

This creative cocktail comes from Feizal Valli of The Atomic Bar & Lounge. “The Upside Down” is a place of dark spirits, covered in fog with spine-chilling tendrils reaching out to take hold of you — a place where Will was taken captive as Eleven and the gang searched for him using walkie talkies and Eleven’s telekinetic powers. This drink also uses dark “spirits,” namely Old Forester bourbon, Cynar aperitivo, Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur, demerara syrup and Angostura bitters. It is garnished with a handful of rosemary and topped with a generous chunk of dry ice and two red straws that form the number “Eleven” going into “The Upside Down.”
"The Upside Down" cocktail by Feizal Valli of The Atomic. Image: Rachael Roberts

“The Upside Down” cocktail by Feizal Valli of The Atomic Bar & Lounge | Image: Rachael Roberts

The Upside Down

Feizal Valli of The Atomic
This drink uses dark spirits and is garnished with rosemary.
5 from 1 vote
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 ounces of Old Forester
  • .5 ounces of Cynar
  • .25 ounces of Cathead Hoodoo Chicory liqueur
  • .25 ounces of demerara syrup
  • One dash of Angostura bitters
  • Handful of rosemary
  • Generous chunk of dry ice
  • 2 straws

Instructions
 

  • Mix together your "dark spirits."
  • Garnish with a handful of rosemary.
  • Top with a generous chunk of dry ice.
  • Finish with two straws forming an eleven going into The Upside Down.
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Justice for Barb

Stranger Things’ stand-out character has got to be the lovable, red-headed best friend, Barbara Holland, a.k.a. Barb. This Coopers’ Craft creation pays homage to the fan favorite in a festive way. The bright concoction features apple, cinnamon and bourbon for an autumn-appropriate hot toddy. #JusticeforBarb

"Justice for Barb" cocktail by Cooper's Craft. Image: Tabitha Booth

“Justice for Barb” cocktail by Coopers’ Craft | Image: Tabitha Booth | sponsor Coopers’ Craft 21+

Justice for Barb

Kelli Bauman of Coopers' Craft
This bright concoction features apple, cinnamon and bourbon for an autumn-appropriate hot toddy.
5 from 1 vote
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 parts Coopers’ Craft Bourbon
  • .5 part Apple Brandy or Apple Jack
  • 1 part raw simple syrup
  • 1 orange Slice
  • 1 lemon slice
  • 1 cinnamon Stick
  • 3 parts boiling water

Instructions
 

  • In a coffee mug or tall pousse-café glass, muddle orange, lemon, and simple syrup.
  • Add Coopers’ Craft Bourbon and Apple Brandy, stir to combine.
  • Add boiling water and cinnamon stick right before service.
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Thank you to Steva Casey of Swingshift, Feizal Valli of The Atomic Bar & Lounge and Coopers’ Craft for providing today’s cocktail recipes! 

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