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: we went behind the bar at Beetle House to find out how to make some scary good drinks.

Here are 8 more grown-up treats to get you in the holiday spirit.

1. BLOOD & SAND

blood and sand cocktail

Saveur

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. Get the recipe.

2. BLEEDING HEART MARTINI

bleeding heart pickled beet martini

Martha Stewart

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

3. JACK-O’-LANTERN

jack-o-lantern cocktail

The Spruce

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. Get the recipe.

4. ORIGINAL ZOMBIE

zombie cocktail

Chowhound

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. Get our Original Zombie recipe.

5. GLOWING SEVERED-HAND PUNCH

glow in the dark halloween punch

Chowhound

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. Get our Glowing Severed-Hand Halloween Punch recipe.

6. MAD EYE MARTINI JELL-O SHOTS

eyeball jello shots

Wikihow

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. Get the recipe.

7. EL DIABLO

blackberry cassis cocktail

The Kitchn

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. Get the recipe.

8. DARK SKIES AHEAD

pumpkin rye cocktail

Serious Eats

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. Get the recipe.

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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