It’s that time of year again!
The nights are getting longer, the air is getting colder, and things are starting to get spooky. Yes, it’s less than a month until everyone’s favorite holiday - Halloween!
Some might say that Halloween is a pretty confectionary-driven holiday. That it’s all about the sweet stuff, chocolates, trick-or-treating, and stuffing your grubby little face with candy until you either pass out from hyperglycemia or you have to be wheeled to the emergency room for a stomach pump of shame.
Or maybe that’s just me?
Anyhow - if you’re serious about getting into the Halloween spirit, but you’d rather skip the candy and get straight to the alcohol (we all know it’s the best part of any party or celebration), then read on. We’ve pulled together our favorite Halloween cocktails from around the web; everything from the spooky to the sickly to the downright delicious.
Some of these put the ‘boo’ in booze. (sorry)
This dark and dramatic-looking cocktail screams Halloween! The recipe includes black vodka, orange, cherry juice, and edible 'pearl dust' to give it a magical glittering effect. Enjoy your drink as you rock a skeleton costume to top this dark drink.
The Witches Heart
Celebrate Halloween with this beautiful, theatrical cocktail that’s sure to impress everyone! This naughty little brew contains apple brandy (or apple vodka if you prefer), grenadine, and shimmery blackberry liqueur - all served up in a stylish martini glass with dry ice to create a spooky smoke effect! Nothing puts you in the mood to enjoy this drink than a sexy and evil witch outfit to give you the dark mystical vibes.
Bloody Zombie Rum Cocktail
Blood orange, pomegranate, and cranberry juice create the blood-red color of this cocktail, with maple syrup for sweetness and sliced blood oranges for picks. The whole cocktail recipe has a few variations - so you can change things up depending on what type of cocktail you'd like to serve at your party. Just be sure to serve it in some edgy gothic glassware for the full theatrical effect, and don’t feel shy rocking a monstrous zombie costume while at it!
The Corpse Reviver No.2
This exciting concoction is a classic cocktail from Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book, published in 1930. It is a more palatable version of the original 'Corpse Reviver' cocktail, which is thought to date back to 1871! While more palatable than the original, Corpse Reviver No.2 certainly packs a punch - containing equal parts lemon juice, gin, Cointreau, Kina Lillet, and a dash of Absinthe for good measure!
Halloween Monster Floats
This fun-looking cocktail looks as good as it tasted! The fun candy kabobs can be made using any Halloween candies and sweets you like - and the cocktail itself is super easy too! It's just a lemonade and lime sherbet float, but I think you could safely add a splash or two of vodka to spice things up a little bit. Also note: this cocktail looks best served in tall glassware because of the frothy top. We have 7 must-see movies of 2021 that you can play as you enjoy your cocktail.
Mr. Hyde Potion
Go from an intelligent, civilized, and generally refined person to an evil monster in just a few glasses with this strong, aromatic 'Mr. Hyde' potion. It contains vodka, blackberry liqueur, parfait amour liqueur, fresh lavender, and other delicious ingredients. The full recipe calls for dry ice (a firm favorite for Halloween drinks), but I think this one is tasty enough without the pageantry.
Candy Corn Jello Shots
Nothing screams 'Halloween' like the striped colors of candy corn! While this sweet candy itself doesn't have a distinct flavor profile (it's pretty much just sugar), it's synonymous with Halloween due to its distinctive colors. The recipe for these cute jello shots calls for vanilla vodka, orange jello, sweetened condensed milk, and yellow food coloring - all served in tall shot glasses so that you can see the stripes of color. The result looks truly delicious! If you are staying in, click this link for top movies to watch.
How beautiful and sassy do this witches brew cocktail look? It's super simple and easy to make with just three ingredients; 2 ounces purple liqueur, 2 ounces dry champagne or prosecco, and dry ice. Simply mix and serve in a long-stemmed glass so that you can see the gorgeous violet color. Extra style points awarded for glitter spider props! Don’t forget the ultimate Halloween playlist we have put together for you.
Containing 2 oz vodka, cranberry juice, a splash of ginger ale, and our old friend dry ice - this Halloween cocktail is so much tastier than its ghoulish name would indicate. The recipe suggests dropping a small piece of dry ice into the cocktail and waiting until it has melted completely - then garnishing with a maraschino cherry. You could opt for another red fruit like strawberries, raspberries, or even cranberries. Feel free to mix things up and get creative - it's Halloween, after all! Browse through our collection of vampire costumes for an outfit that completes these drinks vibes.
Monster Mash Margarita
We love the presentation on this one - the black and white straws paired with the creepy eyeball stirrers give the drink a fun look, while the recipe itself is far more grown-up! This tasty little number contains Silver Tequila, blood orange juice, simple syrup, and lime juice, as well as fresh rosemary and blood orange slices for garnish.
Which one of these Halloween cocktails are you dying to try? Let us know!