5 Spooky Cocktails for Your Halloween Bash

posted: 10/15/15
by: Blythe Copeland

Make This Spooky "Witch's Brew" Punch Recipe

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No Halloween party is complete without a tasty (and scary) punch.

Halloween party menus are full of classic, creepy foods -- peeled grapes, mummy meatloaf, and more -- but when you're putting together this year's celebration, don't forget the bar menu. From blood-red cocktails to traditional rum drinks (and a non-alcoholic option for the kids), these five sweet and spooky drinks will be the toast of your party.

1. "DC Cupcakes" Witch's Brew

Treat the kids (and perhaps the adults) at your costume party to this sweet drink. In the video above, your favorite bakers spill their mom's punch recipe: 4 cups cranberry juice, 4 cups ginger ale, 4 sparkling grape juice (or champagne or prosecco), 2 cups blueberries, 2 cups raspberries, 4 large oranges, sliced. We love that you can customize it to fit your party. Drink up, witches!

2. Dark 'N Stormy

Honor the history of ghost tales and horror stories that take place "On a dark and stormy night" with this classic cocktail, made from dark rum, ginger beer (not ale), and lime. Gosling's Black Seal is the traditional rum brand, but you can use any dark rum; the ratio is 2 ounces rum for 3 ounces ginger beer.

3. Candy Corn Martini

Sweeten up your celebration with We Are Not Martha's martini recipe, based on one of the season's most colorful candies. Start by making candy corn-infused vodka -- let one cup of candy sit in two cups of vodka for up to three hours -- and then mix the drink by adding butterscotch schnapps and maybe a bit of lemon juice to your custom concoction.

4. Bloody Mary

Any drink with "bloody" in the name is a must for your party cocktail menu, and this Bloody Mary will satisfy even the least adventurous drinkers. Start with vodka and incorporate lime juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper for the required kick of spice. The mushroom skull makes a nice addition!

5. Vampire Blood Martini

This recipe from The Kitchn calls the Vampire Blood martini the "delicious evil stepsister of a classic Cosmopolitan". To make it, mix vodka, pomegranate juice, the juice of a blood orange, and agave syrup; then garnish with a blood orange slice and the pomegranate seeds for a creepy finishing touch.