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10 Spook-tacular Cocktails to Add to Your Halloween Menu

October 24, 2019

When you’re young, Halloween is all about going out and getting all the candy you can. But for adults, the holiday is more about dressing up and going to your favorite bar for a fun night of spooky surprises. If you’re expecting a big crowd at your establishment this Halloween, you may want to prepare some spooky-themed cocktails to thrill your customers.

Here are 10 of our favorite suggestions:

  1. Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing is a twist on the traditional Bloody Mary that uses blended green tomatillos as a substitute for tomato juice. The result is a green, slimy looking Bloody Mary that’s perfect for a Halloween brunch.

  1. Blood Orange Rum Punch

Looking to have a simple rum punch on your menu? Why not make it a little more exciting with blood orange juice. You can also use blackberry soda to give the punch a mysterious, black color that will haunt your customers’ palettes…in a good way.

  1. Candy Corn Jell-O Shots

Some people love Candy Corn and think it’s the best part of Halloween. Other people hate it and will curse your name if you offer it to them. But everyone likes Jell-O Shots, so this recipe turns a divisive Halloween candy in a fun shot that everyone can enjoy.

  1. Black Magic Margarita

You don’t need a degree from wizarding school to concoct this Halloween cocktail. It’s essentially a normal margarita with red, blue and green food coloring added to give it a spooky black appearance. Bonus points if you cover the rims with black sanding sugar as well.

  1. The Grave Digger

The three things people can’t get enough of in fall are Halloween candy, pumpkin spice and apple cider. The Grave Digger makes use of the last one. Simply add hard cider with whiskey or bourbon and then add a little ginger ale to make this twist on a favorite apple beverage.

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  1. The White Widow

The White Widow will require a little artistic flourish to get the full effect. The cocktail itself is a mix of gin, heavy cream, coconut water, ginger cardamom syrup, lemon and lime juice and an egg white. But to fully get the “White Widow” them, add a little black gel icing to the top of the drink and use a toothpick to manipulate the gel in the shape of a spider web. It’s the one time a customer will want to find a web in their drink!

  1. Hot Chocolate del Diablo

This cocktail is pretty much your simple hot chocolate with Patrón XO Café Incendio (or any other spicy tequila you can find) and some ground cinnamon. The result is a spicy, chocolate-y cocktail that will have your customers thinking they died and went to Hell…again, in a good way.

  1. The Blackbeard

You’re going to need some exotic ingredients if you want to make the Blackbeard cocktail. It’s a mixture of spiced rum, Fernet Branca, crème de cacao, chocolate stout and…squid ink? The result is a super dark looking cocktail that your customers may think is actually poisoned. But we promise, it’s good!

  1. Butter Beer

If you or your customers are fans of Harry Potter (who isn’t?!), then they’ll probably remember that the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry enjoyed butter beer to relax. Unfortunately, Harry Potter is fiction. But you can make real Butter Beer! Simply mix vanilla vodka, butterscotch schnapps, dark beer and cream soda for a buttery taste that still packs a punch.

  1. Liquefied Ghost

Nothing says Halloween more than a spooky ghost (even if they’re just in a white sheet). So why not celebrate the day with a liquid form of the classic spooky figure? This is a simple mixture of vodka, vanilla simple syrup, cream and soda. This cocktail is definitely worth getting haunted for.

Do you prepare any special cocktails at your bar or restaurant for Halloween? Give us your recipes in the comments below!

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