The spookiest date of the year is around the corner! It's time you carve your pumpkins and rake your lawn in preparation for Halloween.
And if trick or treating isn’t on your agenda (the kids don’t need you as their chaperone, relax)), what do you have in mind for the 31st?
We suggest you throw a lovely house party for friends and family, of course! Whip up a couple of cocktails, layout some munchies, and decorate. You know Halloween decorations take center stage, right?
But this year try these quirky selections of cocktails to surprise your guests and get them talking more about the tipple assortment than the décor.
Bloody Mary Margaritas
Sticking close to the Halloween theme is this classic margarita with a frightening name. It’s the perfect color of fake blood and tastes spicy to boot. This recipe makes two servings. Adjust ratios and make it for a large gathering.
- 8oz Tomato juice
- 4oz Tequila
- 2 oz Triple sec
- A quarter of a teaspoon hot sauce
- 1 tbsp Limon Salt
- 4 Lemon wedges for garnishing
- Wipe the glass rim with a wedge of lemon
- Lightly dip it over a dish of Limon Salt to coat it.
- Then to a shaker add some ice.
- Mix tequila, tomato juice, lemon juice, and triple sec.
- Fill the glasses to the brim and garnish with lemon wedges.
Whisky Apple Cider
Autumn is the time for warm apple cider. But what can be even better? Cider laced with whiskey making it a boozy delight. This recipe is for eight servings You can scale it up if you are preparing for a crowd.
- 8 apples
- Lemon juice
- ½ cup of caramel
- 1 gallon of apple cider
- 1 ½ cup of whiskey (you can use any kind)
- Cinnamon sticks, around 8, to be used as a garnish
- Apple slices
- In a pot, add the apple cider, caramel, cinnamon sticks, and the whiskey. Stir the mixture in intervals and cook on a low flame for about two to three hours.
- Let it cool until its temperature sits at “warm”.
Bonus serving tip –
- Add a twist to the cocktail and serve them in “apple glasses”. To make these, cut off the top of an apple and use a spoon to scoop out the insides. Brush lemon juice on the inside of the cup to prevent it from browning.
- Pour the brown earthy concoction into these “cups” and garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slices.
Pumpkin Spice White Russian
Smoky and spicy, this drink is the perfect blend of pumpkin spice, ginger and vodka. It slowly whets your appetite for more to come. The recipe yields four servings so scale it up as you require.
- A crumbling of gingersnap cookies
- 1 tsp of honey
- 1 ½ tsp of pumpkin spice powder
- 3/4 cup of heavy cream
- 3/4 cup of coffee liqueur (the Jagermeister Cold Brew is a good option)
- 2/3 of a cup of vodka
- Wipe honey around the rim of a glass.
- Dip it gently on the plate of crumbled gingersnap cookies such that the crumble coats its rim.
- Whisk the coffee liqueur, vodka, in a measuring cup.
- Pour into glasses, top with ice.
- Divide the heavy cream evenly and serve.
Liquid Web Cocktails
This sweet drink is a light brown chocolaty marriage with coffee. The recipe serves two so scale it up accordingly.
- 3 Oz Chocolate Liqueur
- 3 Oz Coffee liqueur
- 2 Oz Milk
- Pumpkin spice or nutmeg
- Whipped cream
- In a cocktail shaker mix both liqueurs, milk, pumpkin spice with ice.
- Garnish with pumpkin spice or nutmeg.
- If you are really in the mood for Halloween, decorate the drink with fake spiders to stick to the theme!
A lovely lemony and zingy drink, this one hits the right refreshing note and is best served during brunches. The following recipe serves one.
- Lemon zest strip for serving
- Brandied cherries
- 2 Oz Fresh apple cider
- 2 Oz Cognac
- 1 Oz Cointreau
- 1 Oz lemon juice
- Put the apple cider, cognac, lemon juice, and Cointreau in your shaker with ice.
- Shake until the shaker feels cool to touch for three to two seconds.
- Strain into a glass with its rim coated with salt.
- Add the lemon zest and brandied cherries.
Death in the Afternoon Cocktail
A pale green drink which was Hemingway’s favorite, this eerily named cocktail will be a hit with the theme. Serve it in a tall flute to ensure that your guests have plenty to enjoy!
- 1/3 shot of absinthe (you can use Pernod)
- 1/6 shot of Champagne
- In your champagne flute pour absinthe
- Pour Champagne ( you can also use any sparkling wine as a substitute)
- Stir until the drink turns opalescent.
- Hemingway fans, in particular, will enjoy this drink mixed by the great writer himself!
Black Charcoal Lemonade with Whiskey
A drink befitting the occasion, this one’s unique flavor will give you the real kick-off Halloween. This recipe serves six.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp activated black charcoal
- 1 ½ cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups cold water
- 2 cups whiskey (any of your choice)
- Mix water and sugar and bring to a boil in a saucepan.
- Reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove the saucepan from heat, add the activated charcoal, and allow it to cool.
- Combine the lemon juice, whiskey, sugar syrup, and water.
- Serve with ice.
So this October before busting out the fake skeletons and jack o’ lanterns, make sure you keep the ingredients for these delicious cocktails ready. Ring in the spirit of Halloween (pun intended) with these seven boozy delights!