Sip on the Afterlife Crafting the Handbook for the Recently Deceased Cocktail

If you’re a fan of Tim Burton’s iconic 1988 dark comedy “Beetlejuice,” you know that the “Handbook for the Recently Deceased” is a guidebook for those navigating the complex terrain of the afterlife. But what if this legendary book was also the inspiration for a delicious cocktail? You don’t have to say “Beetlejuice” three times to make this intriguing libation appear; just gather a few high-quality ingredients and your best cocktail shaker.

The bourbon gives it a robust foundation, while the Falernum adds a touch of the exotic—perfect for a drink inspired by a film as otherworldly as “Beetlejuice.” The bitters add complexity, and the prosecco offers a fizzy finish that will awaken your senses, much like the film itself.

This cocktail is not only a homage to the movie but also a sophisticated drink that can serve as a conversation starter at any gathering. Imagine serving this at a Halloween party or a “Beetlejuice”-themed event; the flavors are as complex and layered as the film’s rich storyline. So why wait for the afterlife to start enjoying yourself? The “Handbook for the Recently Deceased” cocktail is a little piece of cinematic history you can savor today.

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Handbook for the Recently Deceased Cocktail
Calories: 118kcal
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Inspired by the cult classic "Beetlejuice," this Handbook for the Recently Deceased cocktail is the perfect blend of robust bourbon, mysterious Falernum, and a medley of bitters. Topped with sparkling prosecco and garnished with a twist of lemon, it captures the whimsical, eerie essence of the film. Whether you're hosting a Halloween bash or just want a sip of cinematic nostalgia, this cocktail is your ticket to the afterlife—no need to say "Beetlejuice" three times!


  • 1 oz Bourbon Whiskey Bulleit recommended
  • 3/4 oz Falernum Velvet Falernum is a solid choice
  • 4 dashes Bitters
  • 4 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
  • 1 oz Prosecco Gruet Blanc de Blanc for that extra sparkle
  • 1 twist Lemon Peel


  • Stir the Spirits: Take your bourbon, Falernum, and bitters, and give them a good stir with ice in a mixing glass.
  • Strain into Flute: Once stirred to perfection, strain the mixture into a flute glass.
  • The Fizz Factor: Top off your cocktail with a dose of prosecco for that effervescent touch.
  • The Final Twist: Garnish with a lemon peel twist, a nod to the film’s twisted sense of humor.

Estimated Nutrition:

Calories: 118kcal (6%)Carbohydrates: 4g (1%)Protein: 0.03gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 27mg (1%)Fiber: 0.1gSugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 4mgIron: 0.1mg (1%)
CourseBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
CuisineBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
KeywordBeverage, Drink

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