It’s Halloween night, and you’re hosting a party at your house. The kids got the candy—but don’t forget the adults. The best way to guarantee your grownup guests have a ghoulish ol’ time? A positively frightful Halloween cocktail, of course!
We scoured some of our favorite magazines and blogs for the best batch of cocktails, margaritas, martinis, punches and shots, and divided them into categories ranging from spooky to morbid and stylish/not scary. Go ahead…we dare you. Pick your poison….mwahaha.
SPOOKY BUT SWEET
Black Magic Shimmering Cherry Martini
What could be spookier than drinking a glittery black cocktail? This eye-catching concoction from Elle Talk takes black vodka, orange juice, and cherry juice and turns it into magic in your mouth.
Jekyll & Gin
“This drink will truly mess with your head,” claims the bloggers at Delish. One look at the glowing white liquid under a black light, and you know it’s true. They’re calling it a “twist on the Gin Daisy” with gin, lemon juice, grenadine and a splash of tonic water. Blow your friends away with this astonishingly simple recipe.
Cooking with Sugar’s Vampire Kiss martini plays off of our culture’s obsession with the nocturnal blood-sucking creatures of lore. The secret is Chilled Pinnacle “Whipped” Vodka, Strawberry Sundae syrup…and plastic vampire teeth as garnish. Of course.
Dark and Stormy Death Punch
Ah, the tried-and-true Dark and Stormy. This garish twist on the classic rum and ginger beer drink from Food & Wine are guaranteed to gross out your guests. Floating in the punch bowl are round ice cubes made with lychee syrup and lychees stuffed with brandied cherries, which have an uncanny resemblance to eyeballs.
This morbid margarita is nothing short of creepy courtesy of the folks at HGTV, thanks to the ooey-gooey blood red maraschino syrup as the cherry ‘on the bottom’ and the sugary green “goo” dripping down the rim of the glass.
Walker Blood Sangria
Cravings of a Lunatic took inspiration from the “Walking Dead” to create these bloody shots of Merlot, pomegranate juice, orange liqueur, and sparkling water.
Bloody Orange Cocktail
Admit it: there’s something spooky about a syringe. And when you add drops of homemade raspberry “blood” syrup in a glass? It can be downright scary. These Bloody Orange cocktails from HGTV will give our guests a good fright.
Candy Corn Jell-O Shots
The Jell-O shot is sort of an obligatory offering at most Halloween parties. Punch up your version with these orange peel candy corn shots from That’s So Michelle. Careful though: they taste dangerously dreamy, like a Creamsicle…
If you’re looking for a cool factor, try these glow-in-the-dark jiggly booze monsters from Delish. Turn on your black light and let them be the star of your show.
STYLISH, NOT SCARY
Caramel Apple Cocktail
Skip the boring crab apples for your party. If you’d rather drink your dessert, this grown-up sipper from HGTV offers up a twist on the ol’ childhood fall favorite.
If you really want to impress your friends with your literary knowledge, then you must serve The Raven at your Halloween party this year. Courtesy of Smarty Had a Party, his dark and delicious ode to Poe blends blackberries, fresh mint leaves, white rum, and cranberry juice for one perfect drink.
Jack O’Lantern Cocktail
This orange and black Jack O’Lantern Cocktail from HGTV is chic yet shadowy with cognac and Grand Marnier for an unexpected kick.