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Fall's intoxicating. Just when your flip-flops have fallen apart, it's time to return to grownup glamour and the colors of autumn. Dig out those great ankle boots, grab a scarf and your new military inspired jacket, and get ready to meet friends for cocktails!
- 4 oz. Belle de Brillet pear liqueur
- 1 bottle Prosecco
- Pear slices for garnish
Pick Your Poison!
As Willy Wonka says, "Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker!" So this year, add a stellar signature cocktail to your party to take it up a notch! Here are 10 tasty temptations to serve this Halloween. Pick your poison!
Bloody Red Martini
Vampires everywhere kill for just a sip of this stellar martini with signature oozing bloody red rim.
8 oz. vodka
4 oz. triple sec
4 oz. pomegranate juice
2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup ice
Mix first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Allow the mixture to sit for 1 minute, giving time for the flavors to marry. Strain into martini glasses and enjoy. Serves 4. For bloody rims: In a shallow dish, mix 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, 1 drop lemon extract, and 2 drops of red food coloring together. Turn the glass upside down and swirl the rims in coating well. Turn the glass upright and fill.
Can’t you just see Morticia and Gomez toasting the ghouls and goblins with one of these devilish champagne cocktails in hand? A whisper of black sugar on the rim makes it extra wicked. Be afraid, be very afraid!
2 cups ice
8 oz. St-Germain liqueur
4 oz. acai berry juice
4 oz. Absolut Citron vodka
Juice of 1 lime, freshly squeezed
1 bottle champagne, chilled
In a small pitcher filled with ice, mix together St-Germain, acai berry juice, vodka, and lime juice. Strain about 1-½ oz. to fill the bottom third of each champagne flutes. Rim the glass with black sugar (easy to make with black food coloring and sugar if you can find it in your local store). Top with champagne. Serves 4. Adapted from Show Stopper from The Stylish Girl’s Guide to Fabulous Cocktails by Colleen Mullaney.
No secrets are safe with this devilish concoction of gin, limoncello, peach and raspberry juice. There’ll be no skeletons in the closet after these, we promise!
8 oz. gin
2 oz. limoncello
2 oz. peach nectar
2 oz. raspberry juice
2 cups ice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and mix well. Strain into ice-filled rocks glasses and serve.
Dark and Stormy
The perfect potion for All Hollow’s Eve. Ginger beer and dark rum blend together for a killer good brew!
1 cup ice
8 oz. dark rum
Two 8 oz. bottles of ginger beer
Pour rum evenly among four glasses, fill with ice, and top with ginger beer. Serves 4.
Ghoulish Grape Soda
Goblins of all ages will swoon over this mocktail grape pleaser. Add in an easy-to-make foam ghost straw and sip to your devilish content!
2 cups ice
16 oz. grape juice
16 oz. lemon flavored seltzer
Mix juice and seltzer in a pitcher. Pour into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with ghostly straws and serve. To make ghosts, cut shapes from white foamy sheets. Affix googly eyes with tacky glue. Let dry. Use a hole punch to make the mouth and insert the straw. Makes a great kids’ activity during your party.
Get ready to rattle some skulls and bones with a few of these old school gelatin shots. One taste and you’ll be screaming for more.
1 3-oz. pkg. lemon flavored gelatin
1 3-oz. pkg. cherry flavored gelatin
8 oz. Absolut Citron vodka
8 oz. peach liqueur
Mix lemon gelatin with one cup of boiling water and 8 oz. of vodka. Pour mixture into shot glasses until each is ¾ full. Mix cherry-flavored gelatin with one cup of boiling water and 8 ounces of peach liqueur. Top off each shot glass with the cherry mixture. Can also switch the order, with the cherry on the bottom of the shots topped with lemon gelatin. Chill shots until just before serving. Serves 10.
Creepy Crawly Concoction
Kids will crave this delightful non-alcoholic bubbling brew of lemonade, mango and orange flavors. Add in some gummy worm ice cubes and watch their skin crawl!
24 oz. lemonade
8 oz. mango nectar
16 oz. orange flavored seltzer
Mix all ingredients together in a punch bowl. Add a scary touch with wormy ice cubes and serve. To make wormy ice cubes, cut gummy worms in half, place into ice cube trays, and fill with water and freeze. Serves 10.
Green with Envy Apple Margarita
Just a sip, my pretty! A jealously delicious twist on a classic with green apple liqueur and a ghoulish green salt rim your guests will covet. Just a drop of food coloring to your regular margarita salt is all it takes.
4 cups ice
8 oz. Blanco tequila
4 oz. Green Apple liqueur
2 oz. lime juice
2 oz. lemon juice
Combine the first four ingredients in a pitcher. Fill with ice and mix well. Salt the rims of glasses, and fill with cocktail. Serves 4.
Don’t be scared to try this easy to make, sinfully delicious sangria. It’ll rattle your senses for sure!
4 cups ice cubes
Two bottles chilled dry red wine (Zinfandel, Merlot or Pinot Noir)
8 oz oz. pineapple nectar
8 oz. Cointreau
8 oz. sparkling water
2 oz. fresh lime juice
2 oranges, thinly sliced
Combine the wine, nectar, Cointreau, lime juice and fruit slices in a drink dispenser. Chill for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors marry. Just before serving, pour in sparkling water and add the ice cubes. Serves 10.
All eyes will be on your table when you serve this bubbling cauldron of purple Witches’ Potion. The secret is in the smoke created from dry ice. (Note: please wear gloves and handle carefully!)
8 oz. light rum
8 oz. dark rum
4 oz. crème de banane
4 oz. blackberry brandy
24 oz. cranberry juice
24 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. grenadine
6 cups ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and mix well. Serves 10.