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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.