It’s hard to tell who has more fun on All Hallow’s Eve – kids, running around in search of full-sized candy bars, or adults, running around in search of a seriously good cocktail.
Ah, seriously good. Therein lies the rub, as so often drinks are pumped full of food colouring and props – exchanging looks for taste (sort of like those slutty maid/superhero/pirate/etc. costumes). Well, trick or drinkers, put some life – or death – into your Halloween cocktails this season. Forgo the old, tired tricks with a bar full of delicious and mysterious concoctions that are scary good, not scary looking.
Creepy (not cheesy) cocktails to serve this Halloween
BloodbathNo mixologist does Halloween like 12 Bottle Bar. There’s an entire section on this site dedicated to Halloween horror flicks and matching cocktails. That shows how serious they are about scary. Enter the Bloodbath, a gin-based cocktail inspired by Texas Chainsaw Massacre.12 Bottle Bar
Corpse ReviverYou can’t do the Monster Mash without an elixir potent enough to bring back the dead. This classic potion of gin, triple sec, lemon juice and vermouth, shown here from the award-winning cocktail blog Gastronomista, is creepy, yet still tasty.Gastronomista
Death in VoironTaking a cue from the classic cocktail, Death in the Afternoon, The Straight Up swaps absinthe for green chartreuse for a more approachable drink. Well, as approachable as anything with death in the title can be.The Straight Up
La Muerte ChiquitaOn the cocktail site Death to Sour Mix, where the pictures are as tempting as the drinks themselves, this cocktail just begs to be invited to a Halloween party: a tempting combo of smoky mezcal, mandarine orange juice, and chocolate extract with a splash of absinthe just for some green fairy fun, one or two of these brews will have you winning the "Thriller" dance-off.Death to Sour Mix
LagniappeTip-toeing into the fantasy-magical-slightly-creepy realm, 12 Bottle Bar serves trick or treaters the Lagniappe, inspired by New Orleans Mardi Gras and the weird and wonderful characters that show up for that party.12 Bottle Bar
The Smoky Old MateNot everything on Halloween has to have a gross-out factor. What about creating a fantasy land full of pirates and magicians and warlocks, oh my? Nothing says spooky-fantasy than a bottle of black liquid sitting on ye ole bar. Also from Gastronomista, this cocktail is sweet, bitter and smoky - like a good old pirate should be.Gastronomista
ToxicolaWe can’t just leave well enough alone as there are so many awesome picks on 12 Bottle Bar to pick one over another seems unjust. Take, for instance, this Toxicolada - a thick, green (and surprisingly tasty) drink that would be the perfect feature cocktail at Twilight Zone inspired soirees.12 Bottle Bar
Fox in the GardenDespite the rather pleasant sounding name, the drink looks like blood in a cup. Seriously. Death to Sour Mix adds beet juice to fit just the right amount of creepy into this gin-based cocktail.Death to Sour Mix