Shocktails! Halloween Cocktails & Recipes
Creepy & classic drinks for a haunted Halloween party
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A bewitching bar of shriek-worthy sippers!
Brew up a table of boooos-y drinks your grown-up goblins will love! Set the mood with eerie "fog" floating around your punch bowl using a Mist Maker inside a plastic cauldron. Create a "tombstone" menu out of black poster board (available at Party City stores) with an extra piece on top covered in black gauze and a spooky skull-'n'-bones design. Click through the pics above for more Shocktail ideas and serve up a to-die-for bar that'll quench the thirst of all monsters, mummies and vampires!
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Gothic-glam martinis with wicked
Elegant Bone-Chilling Black Martinis are just the thing for blood-thirsty vampires, glam goths and crypt-dwelling ghouls of every stripe. To make: Mix 3 1/2 oz. black vodka with 1/2 oz. black raspberry liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Rim the glasses with bits white rock candy, and tie on a single bone with a bit of black tulle to send shivers up their spines! Serve on an antique-looking tray for a chilling haunted mansion feel. Creep over to Wicked-Cool ‘Black & Bone’ Candy Buffet Ideas for creepy-chic sweets and decorating ideas to match!
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Zombies are hot this year! Wake up a party for the un-dead with classic Corpse Reviver No. 2 cocktails along with bottles of spirits, wine or soda with wacky Zombie Tonic labels.
To make a Corpse Reviver No. 2, mix 1 oz. each of gin, orange liqueur, Lillet and fresh lemon juice along with a dash of absinthe in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well-chilled, then strain into a skull & crossbones goblet or a small champagne coupe. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
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Get into the spirit of Halloween with these frozen ghostly white favorites. To make Pina Ghouladas, blend rum and ice with Pina Colada Mix according to package directions – or mix up your own by whisking together 20 oz. of pineapple juice, 15 oz. cream of coconut, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 cup orange juice and 10 oz. rum. Place about 2 to 2 1/2 cups ice cubes in a blender, and add 1 cup of the drink mixture. Stir a few drops of red food coloring into 3 T. corn syrup and dip the rim of each glass in the red syrup. Add some "bloody" gummy worms for more creepiness!
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If you've only got eyes for traditional drinks, try this eye-catching spin on a dry martini.
To make an Eyeball Martini, peel radishes, leaving thin streaks of red skin on to represent blood vessels. Using the tip of a small knife, carefully scoop out a small hole in each radish. Stuff a green olive into each hole. Then mix 1 shot of gin or vodka with 1/4 shot of dry vermouth, and add a few "eyeballs" to your drinks.
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Dare to try this creepy crawly concoction! Let your vodka-lovin' guests pick their poison with a Black Widow. Turn up the fright factor by placing mini spiders around your drinks display.
To make a Black Widow mix 1 oz. of Anisette, 1 oz. of blackberry brandy, 1-1/2 oz. of vodka and 1 splash of Creme de Cassis together. Add Black Sugar Sprinkles around the rim of each glass and sling black licorice strips over the edges of your glasses to create “spider legs” and really creep out your guests.
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Spooky milk shooters for grown-up ghouls
Even vampires will take a break from blood for these spooky shooters! Serve them in mini cordials along with some graveyard-themed brownies for a ghoulishly good treat. To make, fill each glass with 1 part chocolate liqueur and top off with 4 parts frothed coconut milk. Serve on an antique-look tray lined with a white doily to give the party a chilling haunted-mansion feel. They'll be screaming for more!
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Rotten to the core – and delightfully delicious! The Maggotini is definitely a treat if you can look past its tricky first impression of a decaying drink. (Mossy skull available at Party City stores.)
To make a Maggotini, stir 2 oz. of gin, 4 oz. of tonic, 1 oz. fresh lime juice, 1 oz. of cucumber juice and 1 tsp. of Blue Agave sweetener. Peel a cucumber, and halve and scoop out its seeds with a small spoon. Finely dice your cucumber and add it to your drink with a splash of soda.
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Spookify your wine with Bone Collector barware
Get wickedly charming with wine charms and bottle stoppers featuring scary skulls. Disguise your wine bottles with Halloween Bottle Labels to really thrill scream-seeking guests. Blood Manor Wine Goblets and skull napkins pair perfectly with this look that's frightfully fit for a bone collector's boo bash.
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In case some vampires show up at your party, you'll want to have lots of bright red Sinful Sangria on hand for the bloodsuckers. Serve it in a thrilling red-and-black tableau that stars a faux cut-crystal punch bowl.
To make a vivid Sinful Sangria that will satiate a crowd, mix two 750 ml bottles of rosé or blush wine with 4 cups pomegranate juice, 4 cups lemon soda and 2 cups limoncello liqueur. Top with sliced oranges and apples studded with cloves and cinnamon sticks.
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A bloody good cocktail
Give the bloody treatment to any popular cocktail like a mojito or a margarita by adding some grenadine syrup to the bottom of the glass.
To make this Bloody Moscow Mule, fill a skull mug with ice, then add 1-1/4 oz. vodka, 1/2 oz. sugar syrup and 1/4 oz. lime juice. Top with 3 oz. ginger beer. Garnish with fresh mint and a lime wheel. Once you've got the recipe down, mix up a pitcher to keep bodies from piling up at the bar.
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Blood & Sand cocktails
Give your Halloween party a pirate adventure twist by decorating with skull-themed cups, napkins and table covers that recall the Jolly Roger, plus netting, daggers and doubloons.
Serve a classic cocktail like Blood & Sand, which is sure to satisfy the thirstiest pirate. To make a Blood & Sand cocktail, mix 1-1/2 ounces orange juice, 3/4 oz. each Scotch whisky and sweet vermouth plus 1/2 tablespoon cherry brandy in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well-chilled, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of orange zest.
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It's alive! Make cocktails that look like they've been created in a mad scientist's lab. When it comes to these little monsters, it's obvious that it's time to bring on the buzz.
For Goblin Mimosas, place Candy Eyeballs inside olives or blueberries and insert bamboo skewers. Fill a glass halfway with orange juice, then pour black vodka carefully over the juice. (Pour the vodka slowly over the back of a spoon so that it runs down the side of the glass, to keep the liquids from mixing.) Top glasses with your skewered "eyeballs" and serve up your ghoulish goblins!
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Add a creepy Halloween twist to your favorite party wines or even soft drinks with these wacky labels that turn them into slightly revolting choices like Ghoul's Grog and Raven's Blood Brew. Add drama with an assortment of glassware with chilling shapes and designs.
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