Spooky Halloween Cocktails

There's no reason why grown-ups can't join in on the Halloween fun.

Oct. 31, 2013 -- intro: While Halloween is enjoyed mostly by children, there's no reason why grown-ups can't join in on the fun. After sending the little ones to bed, stir up some of these spooky-themed adult cocktails at your next ghostly bash. These sophisticated spine-chilling drinks have an international flair using liquors from all around the world. Try one of these spooktacular recipes tonight that will get everyone's spirits rising.

quicklist:1 title: The Zombie text: 1 oz. light rum

1 oz. dark rum

½ oz. apricot brandy

1 oz. unsweetened, canned pineapple juice

1 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice

1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

½ oz. Simple Syrup (recipe follows)

½ oz. 151 proof rum

Pour the light and dark rum, apricot brandy, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, and Simple Syrup into a tall Collins glass with ice. Cover with a Boston shaker and shake well for 10 to 15 seconds. Remove the shaker, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with a float of 151 proof rum. Light it on fire if you dare!

Simple Syrup

Makes approximately 1 pint

2 cups water

2 cups granulated sugar

Place the water and the sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the water is just below boiling. Stir well, ensuring that all the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature. Transfer the syrup to a clean Mason jar, seal tightly, and refrigerate. It will keep for a little less than 1 month in the refrigerator.

Reprinted from SCHILLER'S LIQUOR BAR COCKTAIL COLLECTION Copyright (c) 2013 by KEITH MCNALLY AND RICHARD BUBBICO. Published by Potter Style, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, LLC, a Penguin Random House Company. media:20719542

quicklist:2 title: Great Pumpkin text: 1 ½ oz. Ketel One Vodka

½ oz. Baileys Caramel Irish Cream

½ oz. pumpkin liqueur

1 cinnamon stick

Combine Ketel One Vodka and Baileys Caramel in a mixing glass. Vigorously shake with ice. Add pumpkin liqueur and shake again. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Recipe courtesy of Ketel One Vodka. media:20719365

quicklist:3 title: Sweet and Spooky Creamsicle text: 1.5 oz Vanilla flavored vodka

3.5 oz Orange Mango Sparkling ICE

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Serve with candy corn and orange peel.

Recipe courtesy of Sparkling ICE. media:20719231

quicklist:4 category: title: HobNob's Wicked Red Punch url: text: 1 750-ml bottle of HobNob Wicked Red

1½ cups spiced rum

2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice

2 tablespoons of orange zest

1 tablespoons ground ginger

1 tablespoons cinnamon

2 tablespoons simple syrup

1 lime, zested

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and let sit, refrigerated for at least an hour before. If available, add one large block of ice to the bowl. Stir well before serving and garnish glass with a sugar rim and orange slice.

Recipe courtesy HobNob.

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quicklist:5 category: title: Svedka Vodka's The Creepy Colada url: text: 2 parts SVEDKA Colada

3 parts orange curacao

1 part fresh lime juice

3/4 part almond syrup

Fresh mint leaves

1 sphere of ice

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake gently and strain into a chilled martini glass with a sphere of ice. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Recipe courtesy Svedka Vodka.

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quicklist:6 category: title: Witches Brew url: text: 2 ¼ ounces Caliche Rum

2 ¼ ounces Dark Rum

1 ¼ ounces Bacardi 151

2 ½ ounces pineapple juice

2 ½ ounces orange juice

1 ¼ ounces sour mix

1 ¼ ounces grenadine

Fill glass completely with ice and all ingredients. Stir the drink until all the ingredients are combined (it should be a pinkish-red color). Throw in a handful of gummi worms and the appropriate amount of silly straws needed.

Recipe courtesy Whiskey Blue. Located on the ground floor of the W New York, Whiskey Blue features bites from chef Peter Andino and a seasonal cocktail menu.

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quicklist:7 category: title: Femur Jello url: text: 5 ounces of La Pinta (Pomegranate infused tequila)

3 ounces of Clase Azul Blanco Tequila

2 ounces of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

5 ounces of fresh lime juice

10 ounces of coconut water

2 tablespoon of coconut milk

Start by removing the marrow and cleaning(washing) six 5 inch femur bones(3 bones split in half). The bones will be the serving vessel of the "cocktail" Jello.

Combine all ingredients in a large pot combine all ingredients. Place on stovetop (Be Careful!!!! And cautious there is of course alcohol in the mix!!!) and heat the mix over a medium flame stirring every thirty seconds or so. Meanwhile while the liquid mix is heating. Bloom(place sheets in water until they become soft and pliable) 32 sheets of gelatin in warm water. Once the liquid begins to steam remove from heat and pour the liquid into a large mixing bowl. At this time the gelatin sheets should be ready. Squeeze out and drain off any excess water in the sheets and whisk them into the liquid mix, until they are fully dissolved. Once all the sheets and the liquid have been combined, safely pour the mixture into the cleaned out marrow bones that have been secured so that no liquid pours out the sides. Place bones in the refrigerate and allow the Gelatin cocktail to set (allow 16 hours). Serves 6.

Recipe courtesy Searsucker. Located in San Diego, this restaurant serves up local food and beer.

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quicklist:8 category: title: The Smashing Pumpkin url: text: 2 ounces pumpkin and star anise infused 10 Cane Rum

1/2 ounce Grand Marnier

3/4 ounce St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

3/4 Massanez Ginger Liqueur

3/4 ounce Saffron Syrup

2-3 Dashes Cardamom Bitters

1 ounce fresh Meyer Lemon juice

Shake and strain into martini glass. Rim glass with spice mix of sugar, ground ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Float orange wooden pumpkin in drink as garnish.

Recipe courtesy of Grant Grill. Located in the US Grant Hotel, the Grant Grill menu features seasonal cuisine made with local food.

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quicklist:9 category: title: Candy Corn Martini url: text: 1 ounce grenadine

1 ounce orange juice

1 ounce Voli Orange Vodka

2 ounces of coconut vodka

Splash of cream

Mix Voli Orange Vodka and orange juice together and strain into a martini glass. Mix coconut vodka and cream and layer into a martini glass. Then sink grenadine into the martini glass.

Recipe courtesy Living Room. Located in the W Times Square, Living Room is a chic lobby bar with a seasonal cocktail menu.

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quicklist:10 category: title: Sobi Spider url: text: 2 oz. Sobieski Vodka

1/2 oz. Marie Brizard Cocoa Liqueur or Coffee Liqueur

Shake. Serve as a shot or on the rocks.

Recipe courtesy of Marie Brizard.

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quicklist:11 category: title: The Spidey url: text: 2 oz. SKYY Infusions Blood Orange

1 teaspoon of passion fruit syrup

1/2 oz. orange juice

1/2 oz. pineapple juice


1 tsp hibiscus syrup

hibiscus flower

Shake all drink ingredient together and pour over ice into a lowball glass. Garnish with a hibiscus flower and a teaspoon of hibiscus flower syrup (gives it a bloody feeling and the flower resembles a spider).

Recipe courtesy of Skyy Vodka.

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quicklist:12 category: title: Haunted Hacienda url: text: 2 oz Santa Teresa 1796 Rum

3/4 Krogstad Aquavit

3/4 Pedro Ximenez

2 dashes Xocolate Mole Bitters

Garnish: Orange twist

Stir all ingredients together and pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

The century's old tradition of Solera blending used for the perfection of Sherries, has been haunting the Santa Teresa Hacienda long enough to inspire them to use this system in their Rum making process.

Recipe courtesy of Edixon Caridad.

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quicklist:13 category: title: The Devil's Pumpkin Patch url: text: 3/4 oz Louis Royer Force 53 Cognac

1 3/4 oz Santa Teresa 1797 Rum

1/4 oz Allspice Dram

1/4 oz Demarara Syrup

2 oz Pumpkin Purée

1 Egg


Grated cinnamon

Shake all ingredients together vigorously to incorporate the egg. Pour into small hollowed-out pumpkin. Garnish with grated cinnamon.

Using a small hollowed-out pumpkin as our cocktail's vessel, even the headless horseman would be happy to loose his head for this concoction.

Recipe courtesy of Edixon Caridad.

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quicklist:14 category: title: The Procession url: text: 1 1/2 oz Espolón Tequila Blanco

3/4 oz White Crème de Cacao

1/2 oz Ruby Port

3/4 oz Hibiscus Tea, chilled

2 dashes Orange Bitters

Garnish:Orange peel

Shake ingredients together with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. For garnish, twist a strip of orange peel over the top.

Recipe courtesy of Daniel Hyatt, The Alembic, San Francisco.

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quicklist:15 category: title: Friendly Zombie url: text: 1 oz Santa Teresa 1797 Rum

1 oz Santa Teresa Añejo Rum

1 oz Santa Teresa Claro Rum

3/4 oz Pineapple Juice

3/4 oz Grapefruit Juice

3/4 oz Lemon Juice

3/4 oz Passion Fruit

1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup

Garnish: A drizzle of Creme de Mure and a Zombie hand

Shake all ingredients together. Pour into Zombie cocktail mug. Garnish with a drizzle of Creme de Mure and a Zombie hand.

Recipe courtesy of Edixon Caridad.

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quicklist:16 category: title: Midori Spider's Kiss url: text: 1 part Midori Melon liqueur

1 part SKYY Vodka

Fresh lemon juice


Garnish: Chocolate-dipped orange slice

Draw a chocolate web into a martini glass and place in refrigerator to chill. Shake all ingredients and strain into glass. For a blood effect, drizzle grenadine down the side of the glass. Garnish with a chocolate-dipped orange slice.

Credit: Recipe courtesy of Midori.

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quicklist:17 category: title: Creepy Hollow url: text: 2 oz Original Sin Newtown Pippin Hard Cider

4 oz Hibiscus and/or Manadarin Spiced Tea (1 tea bag each)

2 Slices Muddled Ginger

1 1/2 oz Louis Royer Force 53 Cognac

3/4 oz Maple Syrup

1/4 oz Lemon Juice

In a mixing glass, combine ingredients with ice. Shake. Pour into rocks glass.

Recipe courtesy of Darryl Robinson.

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