Halloween is mostly about kids being silly, sugared-up, and spooky– we often forget to allow ourselves to get in on the grown up fun. We may not trick-or-treat, but we certainly can trick-or-toast! A few Halloween cocktail ideas to make for a party, or simply to just help you get through the doorbell ringing… again and again.
Dress up your favorite cocktails by getting a little creative with garnishes. Think rimming glasses with red, dark purple, black or orange colored sugars, drop gummy candy, like eyeballs or gummy worms in clear drinks and it becomes “Swamp Water.” Make “eye ball” martinis using pickled onions and olives. Replicate dripping blood by dipping glass rims in a mixture of corn syrup and red food coloring (we also like doing this with black or dark purple.) Drape vampire teeth over martini glasses or freeze plastic spiders in ice cube trays, for an instant silly sipper.
Part of the fun of Halloween cocktails is thinking outside the cup. Find a caldron from a party supply store to serve a crowd “Witches Brew”–add dry ice for a smoky effect. Use science test tubes or beakers to serve bright green cocktails, like the Living Vesper Martini or use vials to serve dark red shooters like Black Widow Venom. Halloween’s favorite gourd is perfect for making a pumpkin keg, or a pumpkin punch bowl. Serving any white colored drinks? Add a small piece of dry ice for a ghostly cocktail or add dry ice to a concoction of mugs of hard cider and whiskey like this potent Grave Digger recipe. For a quick shortcut to feeling like a vampire, serve Halloween wine by placing red wine in vintage looking decanters and pour into skull cups (also found at party supply store).
Halloween is all about finding our playful spirit, so seek out flavors that might be a little out-of-box and score extra points for giving your drinks fun names!
13 of our favorites to try this Halloween:
Cheers & Happy Halloween!