Nothing screams Halloween like collaborating on costumes with your best buds, shoving a fun-sized candy bar down your throat (or 10 because Halloween candy doesn’t count as calories) and getting decently drunk enough to forget that your skirt is definitely too short for this mid-autumn weather.
As we make the complicated transition from childhood to adulthood, the lovable Halloween holiday mystically transforms from a magic candy-filled dream day, to an excuse to dress in the skimpiest of outfits one last time before the winter weather hits and get a bit too wasted with our friends.
This Halloween, break the routine pregame of throwing back shots or chugging boxed wine, and opt for a festive night filled with deliciously devilish drinks. Be the (super)hero of your group’s pregame with one of these scary spirits that are just as tasty as they are terrifying.
1. The Brain Cocktail
1.5 oz. peach schnapps
1.5 oz. Bailey’s Irish cream
Dash of grenadine
A disgustingly delicious drink, this peaches-and-cream flavored cocktail tastes like a dream (if your dreams are filled with chunks of floating brains). To prepare, pour peach schnapps into a glass, and slowly add Bailey’s Irish cream. Watch the Bailey’s transform into bits of brain, as it meets the schnapps and curdles. If you dare, add a dash of grenadine for a bloody concoction stirred up straight from your nightmares.
2. Sinister Cider Cocktail
Fine black sanding sugar
1 lady apple, chopped
½ lime, cut into wedges
1 oz. maple syrup
1 oz. apple cider
2 oz. vodka
1 thin crosswise slice lady apple, for garnish
Stir up this simply spooky cocktail if you want to sip on something sinister this Halloween. To begin, moisten the rim of a martini glass with water and dip it in the sanding sugar. Toss apple cubes, lime wedges, syrup, cider, vodka, and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake the ingredients well and strain into your now ghostly glass. Top with club soda and garnish with an apple slice. Sit back and prepare to be wooed by the distinct taste of autumn apples, and the decadant Halloween décor.
3. Hocus Pocus Punch
1 bottle Skinnygirl Sangria
1 blood orange, sliced into wedges
1 red apple, halved and thinly sliced
Black licorice for garnish
Gather your ingredients, locate your nearest caldron and get ready to brew some wonderfully witchy sangria. After combining all ingredients into a large pitcher (or caldron), add ice and chill for 30 minutes to set. Garnish each glass with a licorice wand, and prepare to feel absolutely wicked as you cast a simply scary sangria spell over all your guests.
4. Blood & Sand
0.75 oz. Johnnie Walker Red Label Blended Scotch Whiskey
0.5 oz. cherry liqueur
0.5 oz. orange juice
0.5 oz. sweet vermouth
1 piece flamed orange twist
Awaken your inner vampire, and stir up this simply bloody beverage this Halloween. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a flamed orange twist for a daringly decorative touch. Sharpen your fangs and enjoy.
5. Liquefied Ghost Cocktail
1 oz. vanilla simple syrup
1 oz. cream
Get a little paranormal this Halloween with this dangerously delicious Liquefied Ghost cocktail. Simply mix all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and serve in a chilled martini glass. Be sure to keep a Ouija board on hand because all your guests will be a little haunted after sipping on these ghostly spirits.
There’s hardly anything scarier than a boring pregame, with even more boring drinks. Whether you’re headed to a party or the club this Halloween, be sure to stir up some mischief with these sinful spirits, and kick your holiday into frighteningly full gear.