A lot of what makes Halloween what it is is the creation of a spooky atmosphere and anything and everything involved in a party can be converted from mundane to eerie very easily. Cocktails are no different. These haunting drinks are great ghastly additions to the Halloween theme: some are black as night while others have mysterious creatures hiding in the depths, all are a lot of fun. Also, have fun with garnishing, think of dressing up your drinks like you would yourself. Here are some creepy cocktail garnish ideas...
In October 2012 I took recipe submissions for a Halloween Cocktail Contest. The winning recipe was the Skeleton Key that is on page 3. Check out all of the spooky spirit submissions...
Bloody Rum Punch
Think of this punch as a blood red sangria that leaves the decorations around the punch bowl open to your creepy imagination. The drink is very simple and will appeal to many palates. By allowing you costumed guests to help themselves you're free to mix and mingle with the goblins and ghouls.
Sorry, no blood in this Bloody-tini, but it does have a deep red hue that could make your Halloween guests wonder. It is actually a very pleasant and light, making it an excellent and elegant cocktail for any affair.
You will find that this cocktail doesn't taste exactly like the sweet candy it is named for, but it is just as sweet and delectable. The key ingredient is a special gin infusion of kettle corn, which is combined with a sweet dessert wine and unique syrup. The real candy corn does come in for a garnish also, giving you something to nibble.
More Candy Corn Cocktails:
Candy Corn Oranges
Here we have a recipe that shows just one way to transform the ever-popular Jell-O Shot into a Halloween treat. Hollowed orange peels are the mold for layers of gelatin that are spiked with Cointreau. Add to that a little coconut milk and you have a great tasting, very fun party favor fitting for the holiday.
Many of us have felt like a corpse the morning after one too many drinks and there is a set of drinks designed specifically for reviving the living dead on just such an occasion.
The Corpse Reviver is a brandy-based drink and its classic counterpart, the Corpse Reviver #2, is an old-school gin take on the remedy. Many more renditions have been brewed up over the years, one of the most recent is the Corpse Reviver #2011. Any of these are perfect for the task of reversing that zombie-esque feeling or kicking your haunted night off right.
The Devil's Handshake is one of my favorite Halloween-worthy mixed drinks. It's tall, refreshing and has a spicy ginger side amongst all the sweet fruit.
Here's a highball straight from Dracula's lips to yours. The red and black layers recreate the frightening atmosphere of a castle deep in Transylvania. At the door of this fortress smooth flavors of black cherry cola greet you and are accented with sweet grenadine that surges from the depths of the concoction.