8 Freaky and Delicious Halloween Cocktails

Holidays are reason enough to fix yourself a stiff one, but Halloween concoctions are in a league all their own. Pick out a skull goblet and grab your cocktail shaker: Here are 8 grown-up treats to sip on 2014's ultimate freaky Friday.

1. BLOOD & SAND

A sophisticated fright-night choice: Scotch, a touch of sweet vermouth, orange juice, and Cherry Heering, Denmark’s often-overlooked cherry liqueur. Here’s your excuse to pick up a bottle.
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2. BLEEDING HEART MARTINI

A standard gin or vodka martini with sinister-looking pickled baby beets in place of the olives. Go ahead: Pickle them yourself.
Photo: mizsarah / Flickr

3. JACK-O’-LANTERN
The orange-wheel topper with a lime twist “stem” could garnish just about any drink, but this orange juice, ginger ale, Grand Marnier, and Cognac concoction is seasonally pitch-perfect. Cute and potent.
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4. ORIGINAL ZOMBIE

A bit summery for Halloween, but this tiki bar classic is a great choice for people who don’t like the taste of spirits but do appreciate their effects.
Photo: Chris Rochelle / CHOW.com

5. GLOWING SEVERED-HAND PUNCH

A haunting big-batch option for parties—the quinine in the tonic water glows under black light, and the floating ice hands keep things cold and creepy.
Photo: Chris Rochelle / CHOW.com

6. MAD EYE MARTINI JELL-O SHOTS

Jell-O shots like you’ve probably never seen them: lychee and berry “eyeballs” suspended in a shot glass. Change up the colors and spirits, but vodka is your eyeball shooter of choice.
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7. EL DIABLO

The combination of lime, tequila, ginger beer, and crème de cassis is delicious and not too sweet. Serve in skull glasses and everyone will be talking about your great ghoulish taste.
Photo: Nancy Mitchell / The Kitchn

8. DARK SKIES AHEAD

A pumpkin rye cocktail with amaro. It’s also an innovative way to use up any pumpkin butter you might happen to have lying around.
Photo: Alice Gao / Serious Eats

Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.

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