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7 Spooky Cocktails Perfect for Every Kind of Halloween

Hungarian Cyclops. Image: Gavin Railing

Halloween drinks don’t all have to be sugar-sweet punches. The best spooky cocktails balance a spirited amount of kitsch with delicious ingredients. We can’t get enough of this fun variation, so we enlisted our DrinkWire contributors to see what spooky concoctions they’d come up with. These are seven recipes worth saving this Halloween.

  • Vampire’s Negroni

    The Gastronom

    Sure, you want your Halloween cocktail to be innovative and spooky, but you want it to taste good too. The Vampire’s Negroni riffs on the classic, keeping the essential flavors but having a little fun with it. Plus, a small and simple application of dry ice gives it just the haunted element we’re looking for.

    Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor The Gastronom.

  • Carrie White

    Paula Lukas

    Stephen King’s Carrie was actually very sweet until she went a little mad. This cocktail plays off the character’s journey—a little sweet and a little scary. If you can get your hands on some fake fingers, they make a great garnish for just about any cocktail.

    Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Paula Lukas.

  • Midnight Mai Tai

    CaliGirl Cooking

    When in doubt, a little activated charcoal can be the key to making any cocktail spooky this Halloween. Just one-quarter teaspoon turns this simple Mai Tai into a perfect Halloween beverage.

    Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor CaliGirl Cooking.

  • Smoke & Mirrors

    Whiskey Muse

    As fall gets into full swing, we begin to embrace the flavors that work better in chilly weather. Smoke is definitely one of them, warming us from the inside and playing off spirits like bourbon. Plus, this one has a presentation perfect for a sophisticated Halloween gathering.

    Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Whiskey Muse.

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  • Mad Scientist

    Garnish

    Festive props and glassware are great party additions, but even without them, you’ll go crazy for this Daiquiri twist. Some Green Chartreuse makes for the perfect mystery ingredient.

    Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Garnish.

  • Dapper Dead

    Boxes and Booze

    Halloween drinks are often inspired by autumnal flavors, from apple to pumpkin to maple. The Dapper Dead riffs on the classic Boulevardier with applejack, one of America’s oldest spirits. A fun garnish always helps too.

    Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Boxes and Booze.

  • Hungarian Cyclops

    Hungarian Cyclops. Gavin Railing

    A bloodshot, terrified eye is a hallmark of any scary movie, so why not turn it into a cocktail? This simple drink is big on looks and easy in preparation.

    Get the recipe and check out more from DrinkWire contributor Gavin Railing.