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Last year, my favorite Halloween party cocktail was a massive concoction called “The Dunk Tank” — a two gallon mix of Absolute Vodka, Malibu Rum, Beefeater Gin, and fruit juice. Whether you plan on attending a party and want to go armed with coupons and  fun drink suggestions, or are celebrating Halloween at home, our temporarily appointed coven has put together a combination of spiked candied drinks and blood curdling cocktail ideas for your enjoyment on the evening before All Saints’ Day. We even threw in a couple of fun Halloween wines.

Top Ten Halloween Inspired Libations

10. Caramel Apple Martini
Ingredients: 2 parts butterscotch Schnapps; 2 parts Sour Apple Pucker; 1 part Vodka. Mixing Instructions: Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

9. Alcoholic Snow Cone
Ingredients: 2 oz raspberry schnapps; 1 oz grenadine syrup; 1 oz Blue Curacao liqueur; crushed Ice; lemon-lime soda. Directions: Fill glass with ice, then add schnapps & lemon-lime soda. Add Grenadine and let settle to the bottom of the glass. Carefully float the Blue Curacao over the top of the drink.

8. Witches Brew
Ingredients: 1 (10 ounce) package frozen raspberries, thawed; 2 1/2 cups cranberry juice; 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin; 2 liters ginger ale; 2 liters sparkling apple cider (non-alcoholic); 6 gummi snakes candy.

Directions: To make the frozen hand : Wash and rinse the outside of a rubber glove. Turn glove inside out and set aside. In a 4 cup measuring cup, combine the thawed raspberries and cranberry juice.

Pour 2 cups of the raspberry mixture into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over and let stand 2 minutes. Warm over low heat, stirring constantly, just until gelatin dissolves. Mix back into the reserved raspberry mixture in the measuring cup.

Pour raspberry mixture into the inverted glove. Gather up the top of the glove and tie securely with kitchen twine. Freeze until solid, or several days if possible.

To serve: Carefully cut glove away from frozen hand. Place frozen hand, palm side up, leaning against side of a large punch bowl. Pour in ginger ale and sparkling cider. Garnish with gummy snakes.

7. Spider’s Kiss
Mixologist Victoria D’Amato-Moran created this Spider’s Kiss. The visual effect combines chocolate spider webs dripping with “blood” (grenadine) surrounding the unmistakable green glow of Midori. Be sure to chill the glass after the applying the webbing for the ultimate ghoulish cocktail.

Ingredients: 1 part Midori Melon Liqueur; 1 part Vodka; Juice from 1/2 Lemon; Chocolate syrup; Grenadine; chocolate dipped orange slice for garnish. Preparation: 1. Draw a chocolate web into a martini glass. 2. Place in freezer and chill. for a ghostly effect. 3. Shake all ingredients and strain into glass. 4. For a blood effect, drizzle grenadine down the side of the glass. 5. Garnish with a chocolate dipped orange slice.

6. Jack-O-Lantern
This Jack-O-Lantern cocktail looks like a pumpkin when garnished correctly, but it has none of the pumpkin flavoring. It mixes Cognac with the flavor of orange.

Ingredients: 1 oz Hennessy VSOP Cognac; 1 1/2 oz orange juice; 1/2 oz ginger ale; 1/2 oz Grand Marnier; orange wheel and lime twist for garnish. Preparation: 1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker. 2. Strain into a lowball glass over ice. 3. Float an orange wheel with a lime twist poked into the top.


5. Brain Hemorrhage
Ingredients: 1 oz Peach Schnapps; 1 tsp Bailey’s Irish Cream; and Grenadine. Directions: Pour the Peach Schnapps into a large shot glass. Slowly add the Bailey’s so it looks like a brain. Top with the grenadine so it looks like blood.

4. Gangrene Guzzler
Ingredients: 2 oz Green creme de menthe; 1-1/2 oz Vodka; 1/2 oz Tequila; 1 tb Blackberry brandy. Directions: Blend or shake with ice, and strain over ice.

3. Vampire Merlot
“Vampire Merlot was harvested from cool-climate, coastal vineyards at the southern end of the Central Coast’s Paso Robles viticultural district. At this site, sunny summer days are tempered by daily afternoon fog rolling in off the nearby Morro Bay and Pacific Ocean.” See Vampire Vineyard’s collection of Vampire wines here.

2. Ghostly White Chardonnay
“9 out of 10 Ghosts serve Ghostly White Chardonnay at their Halloween Parties. This Halloween Wine is barrel fermented in stainless steel tanks, reveals ripe apple fruit and hints of citrus. Our Chardonnay is exemplary of the limestone soils found in the Central Kentucky region.”

1. Crystal Head Vodka, by Dan Aykroyd
“This would be a great addition to any bar on looks alone, but the vodka is great stuff too. A quadrupled distilled vodka, filtered three times through charcoal followed by triple filtration over Herkimer crystals. Skull bottle designed by John Alexander and manufactured by master artisans in Milano’s Bruni Glass Company.”

Feel free to throw in some of the following when deciding on your Halloween drink menu.

* Tomato juice or cherry Jell-O (to simulate blood)
* Kahlua (for dark, vampire-style drinks)
* Lime Jello (for “slime”)
* Food coloring (to add color to clear colored beverages)
* Whipped cream or Kool Whip (to provide floating texture)
* Assorted creepy candy, such as gummy worms and spiders, edible “eyeballs”, etc.

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Spence Cooper
Inquisitive foodie with a professional investigative background and strong belief in the organic farm to table movement. Author of Bad Seeds: A FriendsEAT Guide to GMO's. Buy Now!
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