5 Ghastly Drinks For The Perfect Halloween Party

5 Ghastly Drinks for the Perfect Halloween Party

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What are the best cocktails for the perfect Halloween party?

  1. The Zombie
  2. Jekyll and Gin
  3. Black Magic Margaritas
  4. Bloody Sunrise
  5. Bloody Mary

 

  Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year. Despite its rather frightful background, people of all ages tend to have the most fun while celebrating Halloween. Children can go trick-or-treating, participate in costume parties and contests, play wholesome pranks, visit haunted houses, and overall have a good time.

  Just because adults aren’t so much into trick-or-treating and pranking, doesn’t mean they can’t have fun as well. A part of the fun that comes with alcoholic beverages is that they can be prepared and presented in so many different ways.

  Having said that, one of the best ways adults can celebrate the spooky holiday is by hosting or attending a party with the best Halloween-themed drinks. If you are interested in being a zombie bartender or just want to host an enjoyable get-together for your friends and family on Halloween, keep reading because here are 5 ghastly, ghoulish, and gruesomely delicious drinks that you can mix for the perfect Halloween party.

 

The Zombie

The Zombie

  While the name of this classic fruity cocktail suggests a strong relation to Halloween culture, it actually originates from the more tropically-inclined tiki culture. Donn Beach, the father of the aforementioned culture, reportedly concocted this cocktail to help one of his customers get over a hangover for a business trip. However, that same customer returned days later only to report that he felt like a ‘zombie’ during the entire ordeal.

  Regardless of its backstory, the name and the well-known potency of this drink is more than enough to make it valid for a Halloween party. Just make sure to limit consumption to two drinks at most, unless you also want to be in a zombie-like state the day after.

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 oz. dark rum
  • 1/2 oz. white rum
  • 1 1/2 oz. golden rum
  • 1/2 oz. 151-proof rum
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp. Papaya juice
  • 1 tsp. bakers sugar

Directions:

  1. Add all the various rum components to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Mix in the rest of the components, then shake well.
  3. Strain the contents into a glass with crushed ice and a lime wheel, then serve.

 

  If you want to give this a proper Halloween twist, replace the rum components with two or more versions of tequila such as blanco or reposado and the sugar with velvet falernum. A couple of dashes of absinthe can give it a nice green tinge. Done in this way, the regular zombie turns into a Mexican zombie —  an ode to their version of Halloween, El Dia de lost Muertes or the day of the dead.

 

Jekyll & Gin

Jekyll And Gin

  The names Jekyll and Hyde are associated with gothic fiction thanks to the famous novella, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The literary work and the genre itself has horror elements to it — which is why the Jekyll & Gin, a ghastly spinoff of the more popular Gin Daisy, is another great cocktail for the occasion. However, drink this in moderation if you do not want to bring out your inner ‘Hyde’. Warning: consuming many glasses of this drink might bring out your inner ‘Hyde’.

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 oz. Gin
  • 1 tsp. grenadine
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 handful of ice
  • Tonic Water
  • Glow stick (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix the gin, lemon juice and grenadine in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Pour the contents into a large glass filled with ice.
  3. Top with tonic water and, if possible, garnish with a glow stick.

 

  Present this drink under a black light for added effect (it will glow eerily white).

 

Black Magic Margaritas

Black Magic Margaritas

  Margaritas are a well-loved cocktail that many love to drink. One way to turn this classic into a Halloween beverage is by turning its usual white color into an uncanny black. Don’t forget to cast a spell before drinking it.

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 2 oz. silver tequila
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • red food coloring
  • Blue food coloring
  • green food coloring
  • Black sanding sugar
  • 1 cup of ice
  • lime slices, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Rub the lime slice over the edges of a glass cup, then rub in some black sanding sugar.
  2. Pour tequila, triple sec, and lime juice into the glass, then stir well.
  3. Add food coloring — mix until a desired black color is achieved.
  4. Add the ice and then garnish with a slice of lime.

 

  Black sanding sugar is available online or at your local baking specialty store, but if not available, try using a little bit of black salt or just regular brown sugar.

 

Bloody Sunrise

Bloody Sunrise

  Going with more classic cocktails turned into Halloween beverages, you have the Bloody Sunrise. It really is just a regular Tequila Sunrise with a slight modification in its reasonably simple preparation.

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Tequila Reposado
  • 3 oz. orange juice
  • 1/2 oz. grenadine
  • 1 Orange slice
  • 1 Cherry

Directions:

  1. In a Collins glass, mix the tequila and orange juice.
  2. Top it off with some ice then carefully add the grenadine on top.
  3. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

 

  The key difference here is the incorporation of the grenadine. Adding it last gives it an oozing, blood-like appearance that will make it great for Halloween parties. Add some extra grenadine in there for those who come in vampire costumes.

 

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

  No Halloween drink list is complete without a Bloody Mary. The name is perfect, the folklore legend that is associated with it is equally apt, and the drink itself has a vibrant red color that evokes the imagery of blood. It is also one of the most recognizable names in cocktail history, so there is really a huge upside in serving this during Halloween. This drink is perfect for a morning/afternoon Halloween picker-upper or the morning after as a hangover cure.

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup of vodka
  • 1/4 cup tomato juice
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire
  • 1/4-inch horseradish, chopped
  • 3-4 dashes hot sauce (Tabasco, Tapatio, etc.)
  • 1/2 lime, fresh squeezed
  • 1/2 lemon, fresh squeezed
  • dash of sea salt
  • dash of black pepper
  • dash of celery seeds

Directions:

  1. Blend Worcestershire, horseradish, celery seeds, and tomato juice until smooth.
  2. Add the lemon, lime, hot sauce, salt, and pepper to the smooth mix. (This step requires your own preferential input as it can be as salty, spicy, or sour as you like it).
  3. Add a tablespoon of vodka.
  4. In a separate glass, mix 6-8 ounces of the mix with 2 ounces of vodka.
  5. Pour back and forth into another glass with ice three or four times for a proper mix
  6. Garnish with a celery stalk and a lime.

 

  The great thing about bloody marries is that there are so many ways to prepare and serve them. For an extra Halloween twist, serve it in syringes to be taken as a palate cleanser or a healthy alternative to other alcoholic beverages at the party.

 

Key Takeaway

  Halloween can be a great holiday not only for children but for adults as well. Take the time to enjoy the holiday by crafting some Halloween-inspired cocktails for a party you might be hosting.

  Click here to look at some liquor that you can use to make the drinks listed above and more!

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