In addition to your normal party drinks of beer and wine, Halloween is a great time to branch out with some fun, themed cocktails. Take advantage of standard fare like orange juice, cranberry juice and lime green sweet and sour mix and add in a few unusual ingredients, and your guests will have a wild and wooly time mixing up their bone chilling drinks.
Of course, you need a Halloween-themed cocktail shaker while making these drinks! Check out this one, marked “Poison”. Half the fun is the presentation
Jack O Lantern Screwdriver – Pour 4 ounces of orange juice over ice and drizzle 2 ounces of black vodka on top. Serve before stirring. (This method can be used for a Creepy Cape Cod by substituting chilled cranberry juice for the orange juice).
Midnight Margaritas - Blend 3 ounces of Sweet and Sour Mix and 2 ounces of tequila with ice. Rim your glass with a mix of salt and cayenne pepper for a spicy, spooky finish.
Bloodtini – Mix a tablespoon of raspberry puree or grenadine and 2 1/2 ounces of vodka or gin for a blood red martini.
Vampire’s Kiss – Pour one ounce of grenadine into the bottom of a tall glass. In a separate container mix cherry coke and 2 ounces of rum and pour slowly into the glass. The grenadine will remain at the bottom of the glass, blood red under the black cola. (This also makes a great non-alcoholic Halloween drink).
Other mixers and liquors to play with
- Melon flavored liquor (green)
- Creme de Menthe (green)
- Strawberry Daiquiri mix (bright red)
- Black Sambuca (black)
- Cherry Schnapps (red)
- Blood Orange Juice (red)
Food coloring, especially gel coloring, can be added to any drink in small amounts to change the color without changing the flavor. Dip the tip of a toothpick into the gel and swirl into your favorite drink for instant Halloween fun.
Contributed by Chris Molnar, editor of Halloweenalliance.com. Chris specializes in Halloween decorations and parties, and has great fun trying out new concoctions, cocktails and Halloween recipes for his unsuspecting (and very suspecting) guests!