Put the Boo in Your Booze with These Halloween Cocktails

Put the Boo in Your Booze with These Halloween Cocktails

by Stephanie Nolasco

Halloween may be the scariest time of year, but who could resist dressing up, gorging on candy, and watching plenty of bone chilling, bloody curdling flicks? It’s one of the most festive holidays to celebrate, especially when you’re throwing a haunted party with plenty of spooky spirits that’ll put any witch or vampire under your spell. Create the top Halloween cocktails of 2010, but be warned, these are dangerously delicious.

Top Halloween 2010 Cocktail: Gummy Worm Martini
Sorry true tequila experts, there are no real bugs to be found in this drink. However, if you’re craving for a lip smacking sweet treat to savor on Halloween night, then you must try the easy to make Gummy Worm Martini. This elixir features vodka infused with frozen crushed grapes, blue curacao from zesty orange peels, and fizzy lemon-lime soda. The result is a candy-hue number that’s too good to pass up, even if you’re costume is too skin tight to hold another ounce.

1 ½ oz. Grape-infused vodka (We used Three Olives Purple Vodka)
½ oz. Blue Curacao
1 oz. Lemon-lime soda
1 Cherry

Pour ingredients over ice into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Top Halloween 2010 Cocktail: Purple People Eater
While the Purple People Eater martini is sugary-sweet, be warned, it has more bite than it implies. With a mouthwatering mix of grape flavored vodka, peach schnapps, a hint of cranberry juice, as well as a handful of blueberries, you may think you’re sipping on a fruity punch. However, after a few of these, you’ll instantly transform from night owl to zombie on the loose.

1 oz. Grape-infused vodka (We used Three Olives Purple Vodka)
1 oz. Peach schnapps
4 oz. Cranberry juice

Pour vodka and schnapps into a martini glass filled with ice and top with cranberry juice. Garnish with a few blueberries.

Top Halloween 2010 Cocktail: Green Goblin
Even socialites need a scary concoction to toast Halloween in style. Manhattan’s Hudson Terrace is creating their own spin of a Halloween cocktail with a Green Goblin, which features smooth tequila, sake, as well as refreshing lemongrass, ginger, and mint. The result is so tantalizing that you’ll be instantly hypnotized and reach for another glass in just seconds alone.

2 oz. Tequila (We used ALMA Silver)
2 oz. Sake (We used TY KU Sake)
1 Lemongrass stem
1 Mint sprig
1 pinch of ginger
¾ oz. Water
1 oz. Soda water

Cut lemongrass into small pieces and muddle with mint. Add all other ingredients, except for soda water. Shake vigorously and strain over ice into a highball glass.

Top Halloween 2010 Cocktail: Scary Cherry Brew
Candy and costumes are usually a priority among people as Halloween nears, but when planning a scary soiree, nothing is more frightening than forgetting about cocktails. Fortunately, we discovered the Scary Cherry Brew, which is certain to chill and thrill. The Scary Cherry Brew, which is served in a cauldron for this season's witches, brings cherry, key lime, and orange together for a tantalizing elixir. Served with dry ice, the Scary Cherry Brew will add a bewitching element to your haunted show.

Ingredients (Serves a party of 32)
32 oz. Cherry puree (We used Perfect Puree Cherry, thawed)
4 oz. Key lime puree (We used Perfect Puree Key Lime Concentrate, thawed)
12 Tbsp. Orange zest puree (Wee used Perfect Puree Orange Zest, thawed)
32 oz. Vanilla-infused rum (We used Mount Gay Vanilla Rum)
64 oz. Club soda
24 oz. Maple syrup

Add all ingredients, except soda, into a cauldron. Stir to combine. Served for ice filled glasses. Top with soda.

Top Halloween 2010 Cocktail: Bloody Geisha
Now here’s one killer cocktail from the east. After all the partying that’s certain to take place this weekend, beat that dreaded hangover with a soul lifting Bloody Geisha. Unlike the bland Bloody Mary, the Bloody Geisha includes sake, fiery wasabi, and tangy soy sauce. If a Bloody Geisha isn’t able to revive you from the dead…nothing will.

3 oz. Tomato juice
1.5 oz. Sake (We used TY KU Sake)
Pinch of Wasabi
Dash of Soy sauce
Squeeze of Lime juice
1 Celery stalk

Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Pour drink in a tall glass and garnish with a celery stalk.

Top Halloween 2010: Jack O’ Lantern
According to folklore, one sneaky farmer made a pact with the devil and was later doomed to take shape as a lighted pumpkin for eternity. After sipping on a concoction filled with Jack Daniels and absinthe, who knows what you’ll transformed into on All Hallow’s Eve? Served at The Empire Hotel in Manhattan, the Jack O’ Lantern is designed to frighten and excite, leading to a few tricks and treats of your own.

2 oz. Jack Daniels
2 Sugar cubes
Orange bitters
.5 oz. Absinthe (We used Lucid Absinthe)
1 orange

Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Serve in a glass. Garnish with a small orange carved like a Jack O’Lantern.

Top Halloween 2010 Cocktail: Trick or Treat
Could you really say no to a drink that has three types of rum? This cocktail is certainly a treat for Halloween night and its fruity mix of pineapple, orange, and gummi worms will trick anyone into thinking that this is merely a spiked tropical punch. The pumpkin-hued Trick or Treat from the Gerber Group’s Whiskey Blue at The W Fort Lauderdale is the perfect liquid dessert for the over 21.

2 ¼ oz. Light rum (We used Bacardi Light)
2 ¼ oz. Dark rum (We used Meyers Rum)
1 ¼ oz. High proof rum (We used Bacardi 151)
2 ½ oz. Pineapple juice
2 ½ oz. Orange juice
1 ¼ oz. Sour mix
1 ¼ oz. Grenadine
Gummy worms

Filled glass completely with ice and add all ingredients. Use a spoon to stir the drink. Throw in a handful of gummy worms and silly straws.

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