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6 Beautiful Halloween Cocktails You’ll Actually Want to Drink

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Gearing up for your annual Halloween bash? There’s no better place to find ghoulish drink inspiration than Pinterest.

Candy-coated, sugar-spiked options abound on the boards this time of year, but if you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated, you’re in luck. These potions are thoughtful and balanced—and spiked with just the right amount of hocus pocus.


1. Swamp Swill Martini

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Eek! That palmetto bug garnish is almost too lifelike, which means it’s perfect for Halloween. Made with a black olive and chive antennae, that creepy critter oversees a briny gin Martini complete with a sprig of fresh oregano. Get the recipe.

2. Mr. Hyde Potion

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Ready to let your inner party monster loose? Take this herbaceous potion into the lab. Vodka, blackberry liqueur, tarragon and lavender syrups and parfait amour liqueur (a purple-tinged orange liqueur) might have you seeing double by the end of the night. Get the recipe.

3. The Blackbeard

Named for the notorious English pirate who terrorized the West Indies, this cocktail is black as the ocean floor. The secret to its foreboding color? A barely-there slip of squid ink (or black food coloring if you prefer). No, it doesn’t make the cocktail taste like liquified octopus. Instead, you’ll find a burly mix of spiced rum, Fernet Branca, crème de cacao and chocolate stout. Get the recipe.

4. La Llorona (The Weeping Woman)

Add dry ice to the top of your shopping list, stat. You won’t regret it once your guests witness the ghostly wisps of smoke floating across the top of this pisco cocktail. Serve it with its namesake ghost story about La Llorona, the forlorn woman in white who haunts bodies of water wailing for her lost children. Get the recipe.

5. Vodka Tonic Jello Shots  

Don’t be hoodwinked: There’s no sinister magic inside these citrusy glowing shots. Just good old fashioned tonic water, which glows under black light thanks to its quinine content. Not in the mood for vodka? Go for Gin & Tonic bats instead. Get the recipe.

6. Sleepy Hollow Cocktail

Conjure carefully: This otherworldly glass of absinthe, mezcal and allspice dram might have you seeing visions of headless horsemen after a few sips. Complete the fire and brimstone effect with a smoking rosemary garnish—and beware the road after dark. Get the recipe.

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