The world turned upside down—in a good way—for one black velvet night.Karen Fortunati, American Author
Since much of this year has felt like living in an upside-down world, why not embrace it?! Halloween is the perfect time of year to release our pent-up tension and take a ride on the wild side with some creative celebrating.
Whether you’re planning a safe, socially distanced Halloween party for friends, hosting a virtual Halloween costume party, or simply stirring up trouble at home, tap into that creativity as you set the stage for a deliciously frightful night. The first step? Spirits, of course!
Let’s Eat, drink and be scary with these Halloween cocktails.
Happy Halloween Boo-zing!
Trick-or-Drink! Deliciously Spooky Halloween Cocktails & Mocktails
The Phantom (Vanilla Bean White Russian)
- Ice Cream Scoop
- Rocks Glass or Martini Glass
- 2 ounces Veil Vanilla Vodka
- 2 ounces Kahlua
- 2 ounces Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur
- 2 scoops Talenti Vanilla gelato
- 5 ounces milk Unsweetened almond milk, optional
- Line a martini glass with chocolate syrup; this is optional. In a small cocktail mixing pitcher, stir together the vanilla flavored vodka, coffee liqueur, Irish cream and milk. Place one scoop of vanilla ice cream into glass. Pour the liqueur mixture over the ice cream. Serve immediately.
The Tell-Tale Heart (Brandied Cherry Manhattan)
- Coupe glass
- 2 oz Bulleit Bourbon
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 2 brandied cherry
- 1 dash Angostura Orange Bitters
- Place 6-10 cherries in a bowl and soak overnight in brandy.
- Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until cold and strain into a chilled coupe or glass of choice.
- Skewer your brandied cherries and place on top to put the final velvety touch on your cocktail.
Dracula’s Usual (Blood Orange Punch)
- Glass pitcher or punch bowl
- Rock glass
- 25 ounces blood orange juice or freshly squeezed orange juice chilled
- 12 ounces natural orange soda San Pellegrino Aranciata, chilled
- 3 tablespoons lime juice freshly squeezed
- 8 ounces Bacardi light rum
- 5 dashes Angostura Orange bitters
- 1 blood orange slices
- Fill an ice cube tray (or two) with 1-1/2 cups orange juice and freeze for later.
- Stir together remaining orange juice, soda, lime juice, rum and bitters into a punch bowl or pitcher (enough for 16 cups).
- Before serving, add orange slices and orange juice ice cubes to keep chilled.
- For a Virgin's Dracula Punch, eliminate the rum and bitters and add 8-12 ounces dark cherry or pomegranate juice. Sweeten as needed.
The Haunted Graveyard (Maple Whiskey Cocktail)
- Rock glass
- ½ cup Jack Daniels whiskey
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 orange slice per cocktail
- 4-6 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
- 1 sprig rosemary
- Add whiskey (or bourbon) and maple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and orange slices and sprig of rosemary. Shake well for at least 30 seconds.
- Serve with ice in a short whisky or rock glass. Be sure to strain.
- Place orange slice in glass as a garnish, along with a smoking rosemary sprig.
- For a Virgin Haunted Graveyard, eliminate the whiskey and bitters and replace with apple cider.
Black Magic Brew (Blackberry Sage Margarita)
- Rock glass
- 2 ounce Cabo Wabo Tequila
- 1 ounce lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 8 medium fresh blackberries
- 5 leaves fresh sage
- 1 large sage sprig
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 dash Angostura orange bitters
- 3 medium fresh blackberries for garnish
- Preheat oven to 425. Place fresh sage sprig on a baking sheet for approximately 12 minutes (give or take) for desired dried effect.
- Rim a rock glass with black sanding sugar (for a haunted effect).
- Muddle blackberries and sage leaves together in a cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds to a minute until broken down and fragrant.
- Add tequila, lemon juice, bitters, maple syrup to the shaker and shake again to mix well. Pour over ice.
- For a Virgin Black Magic Brew, eliminate the tequila and bitters and simply top the muddled mixture with a sparkling water for a non-alcoholic treat.
Whether the spooky season awakens the creative costume designer in you, breaks out your “undead” bartending tricks or unleashes your inner witchy chef, there’s plenty to celebrate. Make a toast to tricks and treats and give thanks for all of your ghoulish pals. Remember to drink responsibly and have a safe and Happy Halloween.