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Drink in the Scary: Awesome Homemade Halloween Cocktails

Every once in a while, particularly around a special day or a holiday, we like having friends over for drinks and snacks. Of course, being the avid DIY lovers we are, we like to make them the coolest drinks they’ve probably had all month! That’s why we’ve always loved themed cocktails. We’re sure you’ll feel no surprise, then, to learn that we’ve already been looking for awesome Halloween cocktail ideas for our big party at the end of this month for weeks!

Just in case you’re also having a Halloween party and the idea of serving your friends awesome novelty drinks with all kinds of spooky elements really appeals to you as well, here are the 15 coolest sounding recipes we’ve come across so far.

1. The witch’s heart cocktail


This cocktail might not look very fancy besides its colour upon your very first glance but if you peer a little more closely at it, you’ll actually find that it’s very mysterious looking indeed! This witch’s hear drink outlined on The Flavour Bender appears somehow both purple and deep red and it also bears a slight magical shimmer (that we promise is totally safe to drink).

2. Black magic cocktail


Are you the kind of fancy cocktail connoisseur who loves taking your drinks to the next level so much that you’ve actually got quite a reputation of mixing the coolest party drinks in town? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how HGTV made this fantastic black magic cocktail that’s almost like a science experiment thanks to the way the colours separate!

3. Bloody brain shooter


If you’re going to make something impressive and Halloween themed, are you definitely the friend who would almost prefer to totally gross your friends out? Well, we can’t say we blame you; what other time of year can you really get adults as excited about foods with a “yuck factor” as you can kids? We’d definitely suggest taking a look at this “bloody brains” shot outlined step by step on Ministry of Alcohol.

4. Blood in, blood out cocktail


Perhaps you’re dressing as a vampire this Halloween and you’ve heard tell that quite a number of your friends are actually doing the same, so you’re thinking a blood themed cocktail would go over quite well at your party? Then we think you simply must take a look at how Refinery 29 made this deep red drink with a “congealed blood” rimmer and a spooky (but safe to consume) dry ice effect smoking slowly out the top of each one.

5. Drunken spider


Perhaps creepy crawlies have actually always been your favourite element of Halloween… besides the candy? In that case, we think you’ll be quite excited indeed to see how those two very things actually go together in this drunken spider themed cocktail featured on Talk of Tomatoes! They show you how to use liquorice strings to look like spider legs curling out of a martini glass.

6. Cranberry is the new black


Rather than totally grossing your friends out, because you’re not sure they’ll actually want to drink something that’s too spooky, would you actually just play a slight trick on them? Then we’d suggest taking a look at this drink from Brit + Co. to learn how something that look so dark and ominous in the glass can actually taste light and fruity, as though it should be bright and pink.

7. Swamp juice


Just in case you’re still thinking about the two different ideas we’ve mentioned about grossing your friends out and tying candy into the idea somehow but you’re having trouble choosing between the two concepts, here’s one that uses both! Check out how Spoonful used worm and fish shaped gummy candies dropped into a green mixed drink in order to make each cocktail look like swamp water.

8. Pina ghoulada


Just in case you’re still thinking about how much you love the idea of a blood related drink but you’d rather make novelty shots and leave your guests to mix their own actual drinks, here’s a positively ghoulish idea from Martha Stewart! They show you how to make a misty white cocktail that makes the bright red, dripping “blood” rimmer really stand out.

9. Brain hemorrhage


Did we actually really catch your attention with the brains themed shot idea we showed you earlier because you found it delightfully spooky and gross, but you can’t help thinking that your friends would much rather have a full drink? Then perhaps you’ll get along a little better with something like this “brain hemorrhage” themed drink from Kimberly Brown-Azzarello instead!

10. Bleeding heart martini


Perhaps you really are loving the gore and gross-out factor of some of these drinks, but the aesthetic if your party and decor is a little more dark and mysterious, so you’re actually hoping to find a cocktail that matches the experience? Then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Martha Stewart made this “bleeding heart” martini by skewering a pickled beet (which we promise tastes better in the drink than it sounds)

11. The devil’s skin


Just in case you’re still feeling totally enamoured by the idea of making spooky, dark drinks with awesome garnishes, here’s an option that the temporary devil worshipper in you might find a little more appealing than some of the candy based ideas! 12 Bottle Bar guides you step by step through the process of making a cocktail so deeply purple that it’s almost black, then creating a wrinkled, skin-like garnish from orange rinds.

12. Vampire’s kiss martini


Just in case super fun and dressed up cocktails are still your thing, how does the idea of each guest getting a small party favour in their drink sound? We love the way Cooking With Sugar made a bright red blood themed drink with matching red sugar rimmer, but popped a set of fangs into the tip of each one. Suddenly your party will be filled with fanged creatures of all kinds, whether they started out with pointed teeth or not!

13. Liquified ghost cocktail


Were you quite intrigued indeed by the concept of a stark white drink because you like the way the idea stands out against all the other black, orange, red, and purple that will be happening in the room? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Daily Noff made this “liquified ghost” cocktail and garnished with a plastic spider, just for good measure!

14. Candy corn martini


In our experience, candy corn is a “love it or hate it” kind of thing but, personally, we adore it! Between the cute, bright colours and the irresistible sugary sweetness, we’re all in. We’re sure you’ll feel no surprise at all, then, to learn that we’ve made this awesome candy corn cocktail outlined on Brit + Co. several times and found that most other people love it just as much as we do.

15. Creepy bubble cocktails


If you’ve ever tried a bubble tea and loved it then we have a feeling this spooky bubbles shot idea outlined step by step on Dabbled will be right up your alley! They show you how to make a quick drink that’s got colour, flavour, and texture. Really, when else besides Halloween can you get away with convincing all your friends to drink something that has texture? We love it!