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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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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