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Get spooked with some candy-inspired drinks

The Tootsie Roll cocktail for Halloween.

After years of research, we’ve found that Halloween cocktail recipes are usually more of a trick than a treat, packing sugary sweetness that rivals a handful of candy corn. And don’t even get us started on the names…

But we still love the holiday and made it our mission to find some tasty concoctions that you might actually fix when you’re not in costume. So we asked a pair of talented New York mixologists to each create a balanced tipple inspired by their favorite candy.

When it comes to sweets, bar consultant and Liquor.com advisory board member Aisha Sharpe is old-school, favoring the intensely chocolaty Tootsie Roll. She reimagined the confection as a simple stirred drink (pictured above) calling for spicy rye whiskey, Pedro Ximenez sherry, and a large dose of chocolate bitters.

If you’re finished carving pumpkins and are up for a project, try Jason Littrell’s Snicker Flip. The bar consultant at JBird Cocktails makes a nod to each element of a Snickers bar with this sophisticated elixir: There’s a splash of crème de cacao, a peanut-infused bourbon, and a homemade caramel syrup spiked with spices.

No matter what you decide to serve, happy Halloween!

Click here for recipes for the Tootsie Roll and Snicker Flip.

This story was originally published at An Adult Halloween. For more stories like this, subscribe to Liquor.com for the best of all things cocktails and spirits.


22 Hot Cocktails to Help You Face the Cold

There are lots of things we love about the changing of the season: the turning of the leaves, the crisp breeze, and of course, the shift in the weather that makes trading in our standard cocktail fare for something cozy and warm sound positively decadent. Whether you're curling up in front of a fire with a good book or heating up your frigid fingers with a warm cup, these hot cocktails are exactly you need to turn cocktail hour cozy.

Ingredients

1 oz Drambuie
1.5 oz pumpkin puree
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
4 oz steamed whole milk (or choice milk-base)

Instructions

Steam milk, pumpkin puree and spices together until hot. Double-strain into cup. Stir in Drambuie. Top with additional milk foam and ground nutmeg.

Ingredients

1 bottle red wine
2 cinnamon sticks, plus extra for garnish
4-5 cloves, plus extra for garnish
2 star anise, plus extra for garnish
1 orange, juiced
1 cup apple cider
.5 cup brandy
1 cup blackberries
.25 cup maple syrup

Instructions

Pour a bottle of wine into a pot or pan. Add all ingredients. Bring mixture to a low simmer for 30 minutes to one hour being careful not to boil. Serve in mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick, clove, and star anise.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Tanteo Chipotle Tequila
4 oz hot apple cider
1 oz fresh orange juice
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz light agave nectar

Instructions

Combine ingredients in a warmed Toddy glass. Stir to mix flavors. Top with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Ingredients

1.25 oz Ancho Reyes Original
4 oz half & half
2 oz chocolate mix*

Instructions

In a saucepan, bring half and half to a simmer (almost boiling). Add chocolate mix and heat, bringing the combined liquids to a simmer. In a coffee cup, pour Ancho Reyes, followed by hot chocolate milk mixture. Garnish with a whole cinnamon stick and an orange peel.

*Chocolate mix: Combine Valrhona brand 100% cacao powder with turbinado sugar at a 1:3/4 ratio (1 part cacao powder to ¾ part turbinado sugar). Add hot water lightly while stirring, to reach a thick, rich, liquid consistency. Final ratio should be approximately 1 part cacao powder to ¾ part turbinado sugar, to ¾ part water (by volume) Store refrigerated in a sealed container.

Ingredients

2.25 cups apple cider or unfiltered apple juice
3 tbsp light-colored raw honey
4 cinnamon sticks, plus more to garnish
2 tsp whole cloves
1 cup plus 2 tbsp of bourbon
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Apple slices, to garnish

Instructions

In a small saucepan, combine the apple cider, honey, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and steep, covered, for 15 minutes. Strain out the solids, then stir in the bourbon and lemon juice. Divide among six mugs and garnish each mug with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Don Papa
.5 oz rye whisky
2 oz spiced apple cider
.25 oz pineapple juice
.25 oz lemon juice
.25 oz cinnamon-clove syrup*

Instructions

Combine cider, pineapple, lemon, and syrup and heat just short of boiling. Transfer to a mug or teacup, add rum and whisky, and garnish with apple chip and cinnamon stick.

*Cinnamon-clove syrup: Add 3 cinnamon sticks and 2 teaspoons of cloves to 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, remove from heat, then stir in 3 cups of demerara sugar. Let cool before straining.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Empress 1908 Gin
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz hot water
1 tsp sugar

Instructions

Build all ingredients in a wine goblet, brandy snifter, or glass mug. Stir well. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Sonoma Bourbon
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz maple syrup
4 oz sage leaf tea*

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a sage leaf. Serve hot.

*Sage leaf tea: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add 5 sage leaves. Cover and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Remove leaves.

By Kelly Looney of Sonoma Distilling Company in Rohnert Park, CA

Ingredients

8 oz Drambuie
1 bottle (750 ml) red wine (we suggest cabernet sauvignon)
2 oz honey
1 mint tea bag
Peel of half a grapefruit
Peel of 1 orange
2 tbsp fresh grated ginger
.5 tsp whole juniper berries
.5 tsp whole allspice berries
.5 tsp whole peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick

Instructions

With a mortar and pestle grind the berries and peppercorns and add to a sauce pan. Add all other ingredients to the sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 minute. Strain and serve. If not hot enough, bring back to a simmer. Serve hot.

Ingredients

.75 oz cinnamon bark syrup*
1.5 oz Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
5 parts hot water
.25 oz honey
.25 oz fresh lemon juice
3 dashes vanilla bitters
Cinnamon sticks

Instructions

Combine the remainder of the ingredients in a coffee glass. Stir and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

*Cinnamon Bark Syrup: Combine equal parts sugar and water and 3 cinnamon sticks in a saucepan and bring to a boil to create cinnamon bark syrup. Remove cinnamon sticks.

Ingredients

1 oz Silver Tequila
.5 oz St-Germain
4 oz hot chocolate

Instructions

Heat the hot chocolate until warm. Add the tequila and St-Germain and stir well. Pour into mugs and garnish with marshmallows

Ingredients

1.5 oz Plantation Dark Rum
.5 oz cinnamon demerara*
4 oz hot apple cider
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 tbsp European butter

Instructions

Build all ingredients in an Irish coffee glass and top with butter and fresh grated cinnamon.

*Cinnamon Demerara: Combine 16 oz demerara sugar, 8 oz water, and 2 cinnamon sticks in a pot and bring to a simmer until sugar has dissolved. Let steep with lid on for 1 hour. Store with cinnamon sticks until needed.

Ingredients

.5 cup Cooper & Thief Red Wine Blend syrup*
1-2 cinnamon sticks
1-2 star anise
Granulated Sugar
8-12 oz hot water
6 oz High West American Prairie Bourbon
2 oz lemon juice

Instructions

Combine bourbon, lemon juice, and spiced syrup in a mug. Top with hot water and stir. Garnish with a smoke cinnamon stick and lemon wedge.

*Cooper & Thief Red Wine Blend Spiced Syrup: In a sauce pan, lightly simmer wine, the cinnamon sticks, broken, and star anise until warm. Add equal parts sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and strain.

Ingredients

2 oz heavy cream
.75 oz simple syrup
4 oz hot coffee
1 oz Irish whiskey

Instructions

Whisk cream and .25 ox simple syrup in a chilled bowl until soft peaks just begin to form, about 30 seconds. Set aside. Add coffee, whiskey, and remaining simple syrup to a warmed mug and stir to combine. Dollop whipped cream on top and serve.

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Ingredients

1.5 oz Four Roses Bourbon
1 oz Hot Buttered Bourbon mix*
1 dash Angostura bitters
Hot water

Instructions

Fill the mug 2/3 of the way up with hot water. Add a dessert spoon of Hot Buttered Bourbon Mix and stir vigorously. Add bourbon and a dash of Angostura bitters. Add more hot water if needed and stir. Garnish with grated nutmeg or a cinnamon stick, and serve with a spoon.

*Hot Buttered Bourbon Mix: Stir 1 lb butter at room temperatur, e6 cups brown sugar, 4 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp grated nutmeg, 1 tsp ground cloves, and 1 tsp salt until evenly mixed.

Ingredients

1.5 cups Angry Orchard hard cider
2 cups water
1 cup cranberry juice
.5 cup brandy or spiced rum
.5 cup light brown sugar
3 tea bags of chai tea

Instructions

Add water to a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add the tea bags. Allow to steep for 2 minutes and then remove the tea bags. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Simmer over low to medium heat and serve hot. Garnish with a lemon wheel studded with cloves.

Ingredients

2 oz Drambuie
9 oz hot milk
3 oz hot cocoa mix
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

In a saucepan combine all ingredients and warm over medium heat. Stir slowly until simmering. Serve hot, garnished with miniature marshmallows if desired.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Orleans Cider Bitters
1.5 oz Lustau Oloroso Dry sherry
.25 oz lemon juice
Half a pot Darjeeling "2nd Flush" Black Tea
3 bar spoons agave nectar

Instructions

Make half a pot of Darjeeling Tea and let step. Fill tea mug 3/4 full with hot tea, add remaining cocktail mixture and serve warm with a lemon twist.

Ingredients

2 oz Drambuie
1 tbsp natural apple butter
.5 tbsp unsalted butter
6 oz steamed whole milk (or choice milk-base)
1 pinch kosher salt
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Instructions

Steam milk, apple butter and spices together until hot. Double-strain into cup over butter. Stir in Drambuie. Top with additional milk foam.

Ingredients

2 oz Laird's Applejack
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz honey
3 oz cardamom-infused genmaicha green tea (add 1 cardamom pod to steep with the genmaicha tea)

Instructions

Steep tea. Combine all ingredients in a glass or toddy mug and stir. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

From Christy Pope at Midnight Rambler in Dallas, Texas

Ingredients

1.5 oz 80-proof bourbon
.75 oz apricot liqueur
.5 oz rainwater madeira
.75 oz Honey Mix*
4 oz hot cinnamon tea
3 saffron threads

Instructions

Pour the bourbon, liqueur, madeira and honey mix in the glass and stir with a barspoon to blend. Add the hot tea and saffron threads and stir. To garnish, place lemon zest and star anise on a cocktail pick. Lay the cocktail pick across the rim of the glass.

*Honey Mix: Pour .75 cup of honey into a glass measuring .5 cup or small bowl. Add the boiling water and stir until well combined.

By Alba Huerta of Julep in Houston, TX.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
1.5 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
3 oz hot chocolate
Dash of orange bitters

Instructions

Add equal parts liquor to hot chocolate, top with whipped cream, shaved chocolate, and garnish with a cinnamon stick or candy cane.


43 Best Halloween Punch Recipes to Serve at Your Costume Party

If you're hosting a Halloween party party this year, you're bound to be searching for the perfect themed Halloween appetizers, Halloween sweets, and Halloween treats. But don't forget the drinks! To keep guests happy while and the mood spooky, consider adding punch to your menu. One of the best things about punch is that it keeps you from having to constantly run around refilling drinks, so you enjoy mingling with your guests.

Ahead, you'll find plenty of frighteningly good drinks that all of your costumed guests will enjoy. While the outcome of these Halloween punch recipes are terrifyingly gorgeous, you'll be surprised by how easy they are to make. In fact, some take no more than 10 minutes, so there will still be time to whip one up even if you spent the whole day decorating. Pro tip: If you want to really set the mood, try serving your punch in a hollowed-out pumpkin punch bowl.

Whether you're hosting adults, kids, or both at your costume party, there's a Halloween punch recipe in here for you. Your grown-up guests will enjoy some of the alcoholic Halloween cocktails, and you can also serve up the kid-friendly options for your little ghouls and goblins. These sips will go well with a seasonal dessert and, of course, your costume. So if your plans for Halloween include hosting a bash, or simply watching your favorite scary movie, we think both are best enjoyed with one of these Halloween punch ideas in hand.

This drink is so easy, you barely need a recipe! Here's how to make it:

Drain 2 (15-oz.) cans lychees, reserving 1 ½ cups of syrup. Carefully stuff blackberries (from a 6-oz. container) in each lychee chill. Stir together reserved syrup, 4 cups tart cherry juice, and 1 cup fresh orange juice in a large pitcher chill. Add stuffed lychees and 3 (12-oz.) cans chilled sparkling water to punch. Serve over ice. Makes 12 servings

*For a sweeter drink, substitute ginger ale for sparkling water. Adults only: Stir 1 ½ cups vodka or light rum into punch.

This bloody delicious cocktail features spiced rum, cinnamon, and a surprising ingredient for extra flavor: hibiscus tea.

Brew up a big batch of this hot toddy if your Halloween happens on a day when the temps are dipping. The seasonal cider flavors and hot cup will keep everyone toasty. Want to keep it going for a while? Serve it in a slow-cooker!

Honestly, there's never a bad time to make margaritas. And if your Halloween eve is unseasonably warm (as they can be), then this is the drink to mix. Want to spook it up? Add a little food coloring and some black sanding sugar to the rim, and voilà!

This colorful, rummy twist on a cranberry cocktail is like all the best flavors of fall distilled into one drink.


Time for some witch inspired cocktails for Halloween

Halloween cocktail recipes have a few things in common. They make great use of color, texture and the Halloween spirit to get party goers in the holiday mood.

Often, these drinks really set the mood by using weird and wonderful Halloween cocktail garnishes.

Just like using spooky plants for Halloween decor, making eerie Halloween cocktails means thinking outside of the box.

Cocktails for Halloween are often creepy, and sometimes gimmicky &ndash by using dry ice and other effects &ndash but they are always fun to prepare. Best of all, to really set the mood, each of these drinks has a witch-themed name.

After all, who can resist a drink with a name like &ldquowitches blood cocktail,&rdquo &ldquomelted witch martini,&rdquo or &ldquowhite witch cocktail&rdquo on Halloween night?

While we may not have the baboon&rsquos blood, or eye of newt that are mentioned in the song above, the color and look of these drinks will make you think that witches have, indeed, brewed them up in a Halloween cauldron.

Bonus: Some of these witches drinks are kid friendly, so that the young ones can enjoy getting into the spooky mood, while others are the grown up version. All are fun, colorful and perfect for Halloween.


45 Scary-Good Halloween Cocktails

What's your poison? Whatever you prefer, we've got you covered with 45 devilishly delightful cocktail, martini, punch and shot recipes — all guaranteed to raise spirits at your monster mash.

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Enjoy Sinister Sips, Safely

What would Halloween be without a little mischief, after all? Get your boo(ze) on this year with one of our delicious creepy cocktails &mdash but, remember: don't drink and fly!

Monster Smash Cocktail

Give the classic bourbon smash a berry scary update with muddled fresh blackberries. For special effect, pipe edible monster stitches onto each glass using melted candy.

Butter Beer

Make (delicious!) Halloween magic with this witch- and wizard-approved cocktail that's sure to cast a spell on adult party guests.

Dia De Los Muertos Mule

Add a south-of-the-border flourish to the classic mule with spicy flavor and a new spirit &mdash tequila! Garnish with a lime wheel and a festive pick before serving. Our recipe, below, shows you how to turn readymade candy skulls into beautiful sugar skulls so you and your crew can party like the undead.

Toxic Shock Gelatin Shots

Just what the mad scientist ordered, these shockingly good shots have extra pucker power to give Halloween guests a tasty jolt.

Marshmallow Web Chocolate Cocktail

Chocolate + marshmallow = a match made in treat heaven. Throw in alcohol and, well, this is one cocktail you'll just have to try &mdash the trick is sipping the boozy bevvy through the marshmallow webbing. Candy spider sprinkles complete the look.

Purple People Eater Gelatin Shots

Don't just add the classic tune to your Halloween playlist (you know the one!), whip up these cocktail cuties to make it part of your bar cart, as well. Each colorful (and potent!) shot features a color-coordinated and edible candy horn for extra cuteness.

(Safely!) Drink Up, Witches

Halloween cocktails plus dry ice may seem like a match made in spooky-sip heaven, but handling &mdash or even worse, consuming &mdash dry ice can cause serious burns. Host and sip safely this Halloween by following our dry ice safety tips, below.

Mr. Hyde Potion

Unleash your Halloween guests' hidden wild side with this potent potable. Made with vodka, aromatic herbs and blackberry liqueur, it's frightfully refreshing.

Black Cherry Stinger

Stir up a drink fit for a femme fatale by adding black cherries to a classic Stinger cocktail. Garnish with a black widow spider pick and dark fresh cherries for a Halloweeny touch.

Cachaça Zombie Cocktail

The favorite spirit of Brazil, cachaça is a flavorful stand-in for rum in this twist on the classic zombie cocktail. First created in 1934 by Donn Beach at his Don the Beachcomber restaurant, the zombie is often credited as kicking off the tiki cocktail craze. Serve your sinister sip in a zombiefied tiki mug to honor this potent potable's origins.

Blood Orange Sangria

Perfect for any vampire's sinister soirée, we've given the classic sangria an extra fruity (and colorful) Halloween twist.


I Vant to Drink Your. Halloween Killer Cocktails

Some folks never outgrow Halloween. they just change their tricks and treats. Adult Halloween parties are more popular than ever, and this Halloween we've got a dozen devilish drinks to make your head spin faster than Linda Blair's. Of course, these potent potables are not for the weak of heart (yours or the one in the jar). And they're certainly not for anyone driving (especially not a car or a stake through one's heart), so we've also included a special "designated driver" drink: the Devil's Juice.

These recipes are courtesy of Atomic Bodyslams to Whiskey Zippers: Cocktails for the 21st Century, by Hollywood bartender Adam Rocke. If you like this assortment, be sure to check out Rocke's other 996 recipes, organized by potency with chapter titles ranging from Low Toxicity Fun and Party Drinks to I Drank What?


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Shoot for seasonal service. For punches such as the Bob’s Your Apple, thinly sliced rounds of fruit, sprigs of rosemary and thyme, and spices such as star anise and grated nutmeg contribute not only flavor but visual pleasures they won’t make your punch scary, per se, but they certainly make it seasonal. And having little baby apples to float in the punch will remind people of bobbing for apples without making them do it. (Seriously, when I think of how many times children of the 󈨔s stuck their faces into tubs of water that had been snorted and slobbered in by 30 other kids . . . it’s a wonder any of us made it out of the Reagan era.)

Not only can you herald the autumn with garnishes, you can do it with the punch bowl itself. I find lots of cheap, vintage serving bowls at local thrift stores, but if you’re feeling ambitious, you could serve a Halloween punch inside a hollowed-out pumpkin. Provided you scrape out the innards well, it won’t impact the taste unpleasantly.

Satisfy the kid inside, and the adult they’ve become. It seems only natural for Halloween drinks to lean a little sweet — a liquid treat for adults to enjoy while the kids plow through pounds of processed sugar. But most people’s sweet teeth have evolved since they were kids, so keep your drinks balanced and bright. Stick to fresh fruit juices, and try to complement sweeter, richer flavors with tart or bitter ones (as in the Black Lagoon).

Remember: Angostura bitters is the pumpkin spice of cocktails. I mean that in the best way possible: The ubiquitous yellow-capped bitters is loaded with baking spice notes that turn a drink seasonal with just a dash.

Keep the candy corn as a garnish. I test these things so you don’t have to, so I can confirm: It is possible to make a cocktail syrup by melting candy corn, but you’ll get better results if you instead go with flavors reminiscent of this Halloween staple. Honey with a little salt and a drop or two of food coloring will get you a good Halloween orange, without the various other ingredients that give candy corn the texture of pasty candle wax. (Delicious, delicious candle wax.)

Bob’s Your Apply Punch

Ingredients

  • Ice (preferably a large block)
  • 2 cups fresh, unsweetened apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 1/2 cups apple brandy or bourbon
  • 1 cup sparkling apple cider, or more as needed
  • 3/4 cup spicy ginger ale (see Note)
  • 1/2 cup sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Several dashes Angostura bitters
  • Maple syrup (optional)
  • Lemon and apple slices, star anise, cinnamon sticks, rosemary sprigs, grated nutmeg (optional), for garnish

The night before you plan to serve the cocktail, freeze the water for a block of ice (if using).

When ready to serve the punch, place the ice in a large punch bowl. Add the fresh apple cider or juice, brandy or bourbon, sparkling apple cider, ginger ale, vermouth and vanilla, then stir gently to combine. Add the bitters, then taste and add some maple syrup, if additional sweetness is desired. Garnish with thin slices of lemon, apples, spices and rosemary, then generously grate nutmeg, if using, across the surface of the punch.

Serve over ice in punch cups or rocks glasses.

Spooky Sour

For Halloween, it’s possible to make a cocktail syrup out of candy corn, but you’ll get a better-tasting cocktail by faking it: Honey and a little salt get you close to the flavor without all the extra preservatives. If you want a Halloween orange color, just add a bit of food coloring to the syrup.

Note: If you’re serving guests and want to garnish their cocktails with candy corn, it’s best to garnish all the glasses at once. Take a piece of the candy and wet the yellow base slightly, then slide it, pressing gently, along the rim of a cocktail glass. The candy’s soft texture will yield to the glass edge, forming a little slit where the candy corn can sit. Move the glasses carefully to the freezer to chill, and set them out only when you’re ready to make the drinks.

Storage Notes: The simple syrup can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Ingredients

FOR THE SALTED HONEY SYRUP

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 drops each yellow and red food coloring (optional)
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce salted honey syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Candy corn (optional see headnote), for garnish

Make the salted honey syrup: Combine the honey, boiling water, salt and food coloring (if using). Stir until the salt dissolves and everything is combined. You should get about 1 1/2 cups. Cool completely.

Make the drink: Chill a cocktail glass. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the bourbon, lemon juice, honey syrup and bitters. Shake hard for 20 seconds, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into the chilled glass, taking care not to knock off the garnish, if using (see headnote).

The Black Lagoon

This inky drink was made for Halloween, but it doesn’t have to stay there. The bittersweet amaro Cynar 70 and sweet creme de cacao work well with blackstrap rum and are balanced by dry sherry. You can make the drink more seasonal with a creepy garnish — or a bitter chocolate one, since the drink is basically an adult trick-or-treat. Regular Cynar would work, and Cardamaro or Ramazzotti would substitute well, if necessary, but Cynar 70 is ideal.

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1 1/4 ounces blackstrap rum, such as Cruzan
  • 1 1/4 ounces dry sherry
  • 1/2 ounce Cynar 70
  • 1/4 ounce creme de cacao
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 square dark chocolate (optional), for garnish

Place a large ice cube in a rocks glass. Fill a mixing glass with ice and add the rum, sherry, Cynar, creme de cacao and pinch of salt. Stir briefly to chill and dilute, then strain into the prepared glass. Garnish, if you like, with a square of chocolate placed on the rim of the glass.


Adults-Only Halloween Cocktail Party

Throw an elegant Halloween bash that ditches witches, goblins and ghouls for a voodoo-inspired theme with tribal accents and natural-looking decor.

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Party in Five: Voodoo Halloween Party

Throw an elegant Halloween bash that ditches witches, goblins and ghouls for a voodoo-inspired theme filled with tribal accents and natural-looking decor.

To host this party, you'll need just five essential ingredients: DIY voodoo doll cookies, Zombie Gut Punch, dried herb "boo-quet" favors, bottled spices and a printable party invitation.

Come One, Come All

Get the word out by downloading this invitation design, printing it onto Kraft card stock paper and cutting around the dotted-line border. Use regular craft glue to mount the printable onto a slightly larger piece of black card stock, and fill in the party information: when, where, what time and suggested attire (costumes encouraged!). Lastly, punch holes at the top of the invitation and string through a raffia ribbon bow.

Set the Scene

Create a centerpiece by arranging flickering votive candles and apothecary bottles filled with herbs and spices on your table or bar. These details will set the moody, tribal tone, while clever Halloween-themed foods, drinks and favor details will keep the display approachable, fun and not overly serious.

A Bone to Pick

No Halloween party is truly complete without scattered skeletal bones — and the same goes for your eerie voodoo hideaway. (You can find foam bones at any party supply store or on a party supply website.) Pile them high wherever your room needs a serious boost in fear-factor.

Jarr-ing Decor

Head to your local craft, home goods or thrift store to buy Mason jars, glass containers and corked vases of all shapes and sizes. The more whimsical, unique and worn-looking they are, the better. Fill the containers with the types of ingredients you'd imagine throwing into a bubbling cauldron: Raffia, dried herbs, colorful spices, black-eyed peas and black peppercorns are just a few ideas.

Party Prints

Mix and match fabrics to create that classic voodoo vibe. Transform a drab wall in your party space by draping natural linens, tribal prints and tattered fabrics behind the cocktail bar. Printed scarves or old bed sheets work, too, and help set the dark, spooky scene.

Mix + Mingle

When it comes to cocktail parties, bar snacks are an entertaining must. Set out a mix of salty and sweet favorites, from autumnal bites like pumpkin seeds and candy corn to creepily colored munchies like black jelly beans and wasabi peas. Small glass snack bowls look elegant, take up little space and can be easily replenished throughout the evening.

Apple of My Eye

Demitasse cups and spoons are the perfect vessels for Butternut Squash and Apple Soup. Top off this seasonally appropriate hors d'oeuvre with a generous dollop of sour cream and a pimento olive slice to resemble an eyeball. Eerie yet elegant, right?

Sticks + Stones

These utensil-free Prosciutto-Wrapped Breadsticks are perfect party-friendly bites. Arrange the finger food in a creepy vase, like this black urn, and add some moss or greenery to keep the breadsticks upright. The presentation adds height and a pop of color to the buffet table without overwhelming the space.

A Good Brew

There's no better way to serve the night's libations than in a giant punch bowl, which easily evokes imagery of a brewing cauldron. A blood orange and cherry Zombie Gut Punch Cocktail enhances the party's tropical accents with its fruity flavor and subtly bloody hue. Set out glasses alongside the cauldron to give guests the freedom to refill throughout the night as they please.

Paper, Not Plastic

With a buffet focused on festive decor, simple finger foods, desserts and drinks, there's no need for plates. Small black cocktail napkins look elegant, maintain the theme and keep things manageable. You'll be able to enjoy your night as a (costumed) host without being burdened by unnecessary tableware and high-maintenance cleanup.

Trick or Treat?

To make these spooky (yet adorable) voodoo cookies, simply use a gingerbread man-shaped cookie cutter and your favorite sugar cookie dough. Once the cookies have baked and cooled, use a black food-coloring marker to bring your cookie to life with a drawn-on face, stitches and a heart. Put the finishing touch on your voodoo doll cookies by poking a jelly bean-topped toothpick through the heart. They look frightening and taste delicious!

A Sweet Note

Once the buffet has been cleared of savory hors d'oeuvres, set out your voodoo doll cookies for guests to marvel over (and devour). A simple, long rectangular serving platter is perfect for displaying a stack of dolls, and their simple flavor lends just the right amount of sweet-tooth satisfaction

A Spooky Send-Off

Playful herb "boo-quets" provide a holiday-appropriate and very useful party favor for guests. A bundle of dried herbs (here, a bay leaf, dried parsley and dried thyme) tied together in cheesecloth is formally called a bouquet garni, and it is used to season soups, stocks or various stews. Nothing could be more fitting for cooler temperatures and a voodoo-inspired party!

Boo-Quet Goodbyes

Once the herbs have been assembled in the center of an 8-by-8-inch square of cheesecloth, tie the bundle tight using straw or kitchen twine. Use a set of alphabet stamps and a black ink pad to stamp "herb boo-quet" onto small Kraft paper tags, then string them onto the twine. A simple basket with a bed of store-bought moss is the perfect container in which to pile these delicate favors, and it can be set near the front door as a boo-tiful takeaway for friends.


Halloween Cocktail Recipes 2020: 8 Quick Alcoholic Drinks With Vodka, Punch, More

Halloween is almost here, which means some adults will be skipping trick-or-treating to whip up their favorite cocktails and punches.

Although you will have to scale back your Halloween celebration in 2020, it doesn’t mean you can’t dress up in your favorite costume and toast to one of the spookiest days of the year.

Whether you are having a virtual celebration with friends or plan on having a solo horror movie marathon, there are plenty of cocktails that will surely satisfy any ghoul or goblin.

Check out these tasty Halloween cocktail recipes that you should consider making during your boozy celebration.

Spooky Spumante

Enjoy a Spooky Spumante cocktail during your Halloween celebration. Photo: Barefoot Wine

  • 3 oz. Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante
  • 1 ½ oz. Apricot Nectar
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • ½ Cup Frozen Mango Chunks
  • Purple sprinkles or sugar

Rim a glass with citrus wedge then dip the lip of the glass into sprinkles. Set glass aside. Place juices, frozen fruit, and simple syrup into a blender on high. Blend until completely smooth. Pour into prepared glass. Top with Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante.

Margarita Muerta (The Dead Margarita)

Complete your Halloween celebration with a cup of Margarita Muerta. Photo: Camarena

  • 1.5 oz. Camarena Silver
  • ½ oz. Blood Orange Liqueur
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ oz. Agave Nectar
  • 1 oz. Passion Fruit Nectar
  • 2-3 Slices of Jalapeno

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Then shake the contents together to combine and chill. Strain into a festive Mexican skull mug (if desired) and fill it with crushed ice. Garnish with a dehydrated lime, the interior contents of the passion fruit, and a burning cinnamon stick.

Blood Orange Punch

Cheers to the spookiest day of their with a glass of Blood Orange Punch. Photo: SKYY vodka

  • 8 oz. SKYY Infusions Blood Orange Vodka
  • 4 cups of prosecco
  • Juice of 4 blood oranges
  • 2 cups of orange juice
  • 8 stems of rosemary

Combine vodka, prosecco, and orange juice in a bowl. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer and into a pitcher. Add rosemary to the pitcher. Pour over ice.

Starry Night

End your boozy Halloween with a glass of this Starry Night cocktail. Photo: Beefeater

  • 1 ½ Beefeater Gin
  • 1 Dropper Butterfly Pea Tincture
  • ¾ lemon juice
  • ¾ jasmine syrup
  • 2 oz. sparkling wine to top

Build the beverage in a cocktail shaker. Then strain the drink over ice and top with sparkling wine.

The Ultra Violet Spooky Sour

Whip up a glass of the Ultra Violet Spooky Sour on Halloween. Photo: Vamonos Riendo Mezcal

  • 2 oz. Vamonos Riendo Mezcal
  • ¾ oz. lime
  • ½ oz. Parfait Amour
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • Egg White
  • 3 Dashes of Absinthe Orange Twist

Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain the contents into a coupe glass and garnish with an orange twist.

Monster Chill

No Halloween celebration is complete without a Monster Chill cocktail. Photo: Barefoot

  • 1 750 ml bottle Barefoot Red Moscato
  • 6 Hard watermelon candies
  • 1 oz. ginger ale

Place the watermelon candies into a bottle of Barefoot Red Moscato. Seal and allow it to set for a couple of hours so that the candies can melt into the wine. Before serving, strain the wine, and pour into a tall glass filled with ice. Top the cocktail with ginger ale.

Black Forest Possession

Grab a glass of this Black Forest Possession cocktail. Photo: Monkey 47 Gin

Muddle the three blackberries in the bottom of a shaking tin. Then add Monkey 47 Gin, oat milk, and honey syrup into the shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and seal. Shake for 7-10 seconds, then fine strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a skewered blackberry and expressed lemon oil.

Dark Reviver

Dark Reviver is the perfect addition to any Halloween celebration. Photo: Corralejo Tequila

  • 1 oz. Corralejo Reposado Tequila
  • ½ oz. Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz. Orange Juice
  • ¾ oz. Aperol or Amaro Nonino or Amaro Montenegro or Amaretto
  • ¼ Teaspoon Activated Charcoal Powder or 2 capsules—break capsules

Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Hawthorne and fine strain into a coupe glass. Cut a thick orange peel, then light a match and express the orange peel oil into the flame over the cocktail. Rim the glass with the freshly flamed peel then place a freshly sliced orange twist on the edge of the glass.


49. Roast Sazerac Cocktail

In a mixing glass, stir 1½ oz. The Botanist Gin, ½ oz. Mount Gay Rum Black Barrel, ¼ oz. maple syrup, 2 dashes aromatic bitters, and 1 dash orange bitters with large ice cubes. Strain into empty, chilled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist.



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