While you could certainly serve beer, wine and vodka sodas at your upcoming Halloween bash, those beverages wouldn’t really fit in with the eerie theme of the event, would they? When you send out your party invitations, let your guests know you’ll be serving Halloween-themed cocktails, and if they choose they can bring their own beverage to share. Head to your kitchen to brew up any of these cocktails that are as tasty as they are spooky:
1 ounce blackberry liqueur
2 ounces tarragon simple syrup (which you can make at home)
4 ounces parfait amour liqueur
8 ounces vodka
1 ounce lavender syrup
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
4 lavender sprigs
Dry ice (optional)
Purple sanding sugar (optional)
Directions: Create the tarragon simple syrup by mixing 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and letting it reach a low boil. Next, add two sprigs of tarragon and turn the heat down to low. Leave it on the stove for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then take out the tarragon and let the syrup cool.
Cut and juice your lemon, removing the pulp. Then add all of your spirits, juices and syrups to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Proceed by shaking for about 20 seconds and pouring the mixture into glasses.
What glass to use: Instead of the typical cocktail glass, consider pouring your cocktails into beakers to make it look like your beverages just came straight out of a mad scientist’s lab. Dip the rim of your beakers in purple sanding sugar for a colorful accent. In order to really make the cocktail look like a science experiment, however, add a very small piece of dry ice, which will create a spooky fog. Be careful when handling the dry ice – you should only touch the ice with leather gloves, an oven mitt or a towel. Advise your guests to wait until the ice has completely melted before they indulge in their cocktail.
Finish off each cocktail with two blackberries and a lavender sprig.
Blood Red Sangria
1 cup club soda
2 bottles chilled dry red wine
1 cup brandy
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 thinly sliced orange
1 thinly sliced red apple
Directions: Use a pitcher to mix this Halloween concoction. Pour in the brandy, orange and apple slices, and stir. Let the mixture stand for 15 minutes, then add the orange juice, club soda and wine.
What glass to use: Keep the sangria in a large bowl or pitcher complete with a ladle. Set a tin full of ice next to the sangria – this way, the beverage won’t be watered down and your guests can add as much ice as they please. Offer your visitors wine glasses, but consider dressing them up a bit for the event. Use matte black spray paint to cover the glasses and let dry overnight. You can even secure rubber bands around the outside of the glasses before spray painting to leave your wine glasses with stripes.