Halloween is no longer just for kids. From boozy costume parties that go late into the night and (delicious) spirits of all kinds, it’s pretty fun being an adult this time of year. Plus, you can stretch your celebration out for an additional two days by observing the Mexican Day of the Dead.
No matter which holiday you celebrate, we’ve put together a spirited guide with some of our favorite seasonal recipes from pumpkin cocktails to south-of-the-border concoctions.
So over the next few days, try these 10 frightfully delicious cocktails. And let us know which is your favorite.
What’s the antidote to the sweet bite of this cocktail? A second one, of course! It’s the ideal mixture of spicy tequila, tart blackberries and citrus, and sweet basil and agave nectar. We’re so sure you’ll like this flavorful creation, you might even have a third.
Throwing a costume party and need a festive beverage for a thirsty crowd? This combo of rum, allspice liqueur and a surprisingly simple homemade pumpkin soda will definitely impress your friends. And the best part is that you don’t even need to destroy any gourds. However, we do think you should dress up like musician Billy Corgan.
One of the reasons why we love Halloween so much is the copious amount of candy you’re expected to eat, and this chocolaty libation from cocktail consultant and Liquor.com advisory board member Aisha Sharpe is inspired by one of our favorite childhood treats. While we’re not actually sure what the candy itself is made of, this mixture of rye whiskey, sherry and chocolate bitters is a decedent adult treat.
If you’re home for the night and handing out goodies to trick-or-treaters, we recommend preparing one of these decadent shakes from Brooklyn bakeshop Baked owners Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. Add a measure of your favorite bourbon to a blend of vanilla ice cream, milk and chocolate syrup and you’ll be happier than ever to stay in.
When you have a glass of tequila, a tequila-based coffee liqueur and hot peppers, you don’t need much else to warm you up! This tasty elixir is also a great nightcap for after an evening out celebrating. Of course, it works for the Day of the Dead as well (especially if you’re observing after a night of Halloween hullabaloo). Top it off with some fresh whipped cream for a sweet finish. You can thank us later.
You don’t have to wait until December to get your ‘nog on—try this squash-based creation from master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim. Whether you’re throwing a party, staying in to greet costumed kids or just looking for a spirited dessert, make a round of this rich rum-and-pumpkin concoction.
Not everything is what it seems this time of year. This tricky cocktail dreamed up by Liquor.com advisory board members Aisha Sharpe and Dushan Zaric, for instance, may look like a standard Manhattan, but instead of the traditional whiskey and vermouth, it’s a tasty mixture of rum and apple juice with a little Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters. It even has a cherry garnish to complete the illusion.
Looking for the finishing touch to your costume inspired by The Walking Dead? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. This high-octane mix of absinthe and equal parts gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc and fresh lemon juice is all you need for the ultimate undead touch. And let’s be honest: In the event of an actual zombie apocalypse, this powerful elixir may be just the thing to calm your nerves.