Halloween’s coming, and with it, another excuse for thematic cocktails. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply occupying the front porch and turning the hose on neighborhood kids, try the below cocktail recipes for a good time. Note that we opted for real drinks here, rather than gross-out libations that taste as scary as they look.
Created by Demetrios Saites of NYC’s The Fat Radish, the Witches Brew, pictured above, employs Aperol and blood orange juice for that nice bloody hue.
Kanon Vodka Witches Brew
2 oz Kanon Vodka
1 part blood orange juice
1/2 oz aperol
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
This classic cocktail was originally a morning drink, meant to raise the dead after a long night out. It packs quite the boozy wallop, and you can’t beat the name.
1 oz gin
1 oz Cointreau
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1 oz fresh lemon juice
2 dashes absinthe
Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.
Another classic drink, the Blood and Sand gets a nod for name and color.
Blood and Sand
1 oz blended scotch
1 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice
3/4 oz cherry brandy
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass; garnish with a cherry.
Satan is scary, and there’s sure to be at least one devil at your party.
1/2 ounce gin
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons orange liqueur
1 teaspoon orange bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
There you have it. We hope you enjoy some Halloween-inspired sips. And if all else fails, just make a Negroni, give it a scary name and call it a day.