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Costumes, decorations and “The Monster Mash” aren’t enough. To really make your Halloween party a winner, you’re going to need drinks. Why settle for another night of screwdrivers and Cuba libres? Make your Halloween drinks as special as the night you’re celebrating with these haunting Halloween cocktails.

Candy Corn Cordial

Ah, candy corn, the deliciously non-descript sweet snack for October. It doesn’t taste like delicious sugary wax in booze form, but it does help you get where you’re going, so to speak.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1-1/2 cups of vodka
  • 1/2 cup of candy corn
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 ounces orange liqueur
  • juice from half a lemon
  • extra candy corn for garnishing

How You Make It:

  1. Leave the candy corn and the vodka in an airtight container overnight, or for at least three hours.
  2. Put four ounces of the infused vodka, lemon juice, orange liqueur and egg white into an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake for 30 seconds.
  4. Pour into martini glasses and garnish with candy corn.

Bourbon Pumpkin

For the bourbon lover, there’s this delicious concoction. Whiskey cocktails in general don’t have much to them, and this one is no exception. This is the perfect drink for the guy who wants to help his guests lighten up, but doesn’t want to spend a lot of time making frou-frou drinks.

What You’ll Need:

  • Large green olives, pitted
  • 2 ounces of bourbon
  • Ginger ale
  • Half a lemon, juiced
  • 3 ounces of orange juice

How You Make It:

  1. Carve pumpkin faces into the olives.
  2. Mix all ingredients save for the ginger ale and olives with ice in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Pour into a highball glass.
  4. Top up with ginger ale. Don’t forget to add the olive garnish.

Brain Hemorrhage

Looking for something to evoke the darker side of Halloween? Try the brain hemorrhage, the adult version of sticking your hand in a bowl of peeled grapes and pretending they’re eyeballs.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 tsp grenadine
  • ½ Tbsp of Bailey’s
  • 3/4 ounces peach schnapps

How You Make It:

  1. Pour the schnapps into a rocks glass.
  2. Float the Baileys on top of the schnapps.
  3. Drop grenadine through the Baileys.
  4. Enjoy as women cling to you in fear.

Bayou Slime

Like most Halloween cocktails, this one has quite the appealing name. It also looks totally gross. But whatever, it’s delicious and loaded with booze. It’s also far safer than actual Bayou slime.

What You’ll Need:

  • An egg white
  • 2 parts dark rum
  • 1/2 part spiced cordial syrup
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves

How You Make It:

  1. Muddle the syrup and mint leaves together
  2. Put everything together in a shaker.
  3. Shake until it’s cold and frothy.
  4. Strain into a pre-chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with more crushed mint leaves.

Wolf Bite

It’s nice to have cocktails around, but sometimes you want a good shooter with a stylish appearance and a clever name. Bright green and blood red make this shooter especially apropos for Halloween.

What You’ll Need:

  • Grenadine for color and taste
  • 1 ounce of absinthe
  • 1 ounce lemon liqueur
  • 1-1/2 ounce of pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce of lemon-lime soda

How You Make It:

  1. Mix everything but the grenadine and the soda in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into two shot glasses.
  3. Splash lemon-lime soda on top.
  4. Drizzle some grenadine in for the “blood” effect.
  5. Dread full moons, avoid silver bullets.

Jack-O-Lantern

We’ll end with a classic Halloween cocktail that evokes all the best memories of October childhoods… just with more booze.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 ounces of citrus-infused vodka
  • 1/8 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3/8 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce mango juice
  • 1/2 ounce orange juice
  • A orange

How You Make It:

  1. Combine everything together in a cocktail shaker with some ice.
  2. Shake.
  3. Pour into a goblet glass.
  4. Garnish using a slice of orange and mint leaf laid on top of the glass to look like a Jack-O-Lantern.
  5. Start grinning like one.