Drink Your Way Through Halloween 2015 With 10 Cocktails

Jonathan Bennett and Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls
Make these boo-zy Halloween cocktail recipes! Paramount Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

Wondering what pairs well with all of your (ahem, your kids’) trick-or-treating loot? Try these spooky-yet-delicious cocktail recipes creepy enough for any Halloween party.

Basil Hayden's Pumpkin Bourbon Cider

Basil Hayden’s Pumpkin Bourbon Cider

Created by Larry Piaskowy in San Francisco, Calif.

2 oz Basil Hayden's Bourbon

3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz sweet vermouth

1/4 tsp superfine sugar

1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin puree

6 dashes Angostura bitters

2 oz dry hard cider

1 piece fresh nutmeg (for garnish)

1 cinnamon stick (for garnish)

In a mixing glass, combine pumpkin puree, superfine sugar, sweet vermouth, bitters and lemon juice. Stir until sugar is nearly dissolved. Add bourbon and ice. Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with dry hard cider. Garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick. Serves one.

Bloody Bellini

Bloody Bellini

4 oz Prosecco DOC, chilled

1/2 oz Campari

1 oz white peach puree

1/2 oz grenadine

In a pint glass, gently stir all ingredients. Pour into a chilled flute. Serves one.

Candy Corn Co-Lada

Candy Corn Co-Lada

4 oz Owl's Brew Coco-Lada mixer

2 oz spiced rum

Splash seltzer

Orange wedges (for garnish)

Red sugar (for garnish)

Rim a flute with juice from an orange wedge and dip into red sugar. In a shaker, shake Coco-Lada, rum and ice. Pour into flute and top with seltzer. Garnish with an orange slice. Serves one.

Haunted Old Fashioned
Arley Marks of #ArleyMarksDrinks and Dimes

Maker’s 46 Haunted Old Fashioned

Created by Arley Marks of #ArleyMarksDrinks and Dimes

4 oz Maker’s 46

1 1/2 oz pumpkin syrup*

8 dashes Angostura bitters

8 dashes orange bitters

4 orange peels, squeeze oil from zest into tin

Splash soda water

Candy corn (for garnish)

*Pumpkin syrup: Remove seeds from a whole pumpkin and cut into slices that can be juiced. (A small pumpkin will yield approximately 1 cup juice.) In a saucepan over low heat, combine 1 cup pumpkin juice, 1 cup organic evaporated cane sugar and 2 whole cinnamon sticks. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Let cool.  

In a shaker, shake Maker’s 46, pumpkin syrup, Angostura bitters, orange bitters and orange peels. Strain into hollowed-out pumpkins filled with ice. Top with soda water. Garnish with orange peels and candy corn. Serves one.

Jack Candy Corn

Jack Candy Corn

Jack Candy Corn

2 oz Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel

1/2 oz candy corn syrup*

2 small dashes Angostura bitters

1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters

*Candy corn syrup: Cut 1/4 cup candy corn into pieces and add to a small saucepan. Add 1/4 cup water. Heat and stir until candy is dissolved in water. Let cool and store in a glass bottle.

In an old-fashioned glass, combine Jack Daniel’s, candy corn syrup, Angostura bitters and Regan’s Orange Bitters; stir. Add a large ice cube. Garnish with orange peel and candy corn. Serves one.

Skinnygirl Spooky Sipper

Skinnygirl Spooky Sipper

1 oz Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka

1/2 oz grenadine

1 oz orange juice

Splash pineapple juice

Orange slice (for garnish)

In a shaker, shake vodka, grenadine, orange juice, pineapple juice and ice. Pour into a glass over ice. Garnish with orange slice. Serves one.

The Monster Mash

The Monster Mash

1 oz Hangar 1 Straight Vodka

1 oz fresh grapefruit juice

1 oz Unti Rose

1/2 oz bianco vermouth

1 oz seltzer water

In a shaker, shake all ingredients. Pour into a chilled glass. Serves one.

Blood Orange Sangria

Blood Orange Sangria

2 bottles HobNob Wicked Red Blend

2 cups sparkling cider

1/2 cup triple sec

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups cut apples

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

3 blood oranges, cut into wedges

1 lemon, cut into wedges

In a large pitcher, combine sugar, apples, pomegranate seeds, blood oranges and lemon. Add HobNob Wicked Red Blend, sparkling cider and triple sec. Serves 20.

Jack's Lantern

Jack’s Lantern

2 oz elit by Stolichnaya

1 oz Apple Cider

1/4 oz fresh lemon juice

3/4 oz Allspice Spiked Agave*

*Allspice agave: Add 1/2 cup allspice powder to 1 cup agave nectar. Mix until blended.  

In a shaker, shake Elit by Stolichnaya, apple cider, lemon juice, allspice agave and ice. Strain into a highball glass over ice. Serves one.

Pumpkin Toddy

Pumpkin Toddy

1 1/2 oz Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum

1/2 oz Cruzan Vanilla Rum

3 tbsp pumpkin pie filling

Whipped cream (for garnish)

In a mug, combine all ingredients and 4 oz hot water. Stir until fully combined. Garnish with whipped cream and a drizzle of vanilla rum. Serves one.

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