Dress Up Those Drinks

Halloween is my favorite time of year, when grown adults can regress just a little and play dress-up and make believe. The kids still have their trick or treat, but the adults have their Halloween costume parties, often with a costume contest. Some party hosts go all out with themed food and drinks. So on that note, here are a few cocktail recipes for your Halloween party.

Witches Brew (works best with rimmed shot glasses)

1 fresh lime

3 drops purple food coloring

1 tbsp sugar

1/2 cup vodka

1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

1/4 cup raspberry liqueur

First rim four shot glasses by squeezing the lime unto a saucer and then stir in the food coloring. Put the sugar in a separate saucer. Dip the tops of the shot glasses in the lime mixture and then the sugar. Now pour the vodka, fresh lime juice and liqueur into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into the prepared shot glasses.

If you don’t want shots, instead build in a tall glass of ice, but instead of teh fresh lime juice, top with Sprite or other citrus soda.

Vampire Bite (looks like real blood in a cup)

4 oz Lemonade

2 oz Cherry vodka

4 oz Black Cherry Soda

In a shaker of ice, add the lemonade and cherry vodka and shake well. Pour into a glass and top with the black cherry soda. If you have plastic vampire teeth, throw one in as a prop garnish.

This next one is not spooky, but rather takes advantage of a Halloween product. Namely, Halloween Oreos. They have orange filling between the cookie parts instead of white. And it will fulfill your sweet tooth.

Bourbon Oreo Milkshake

1.5 oz bourbon (use one you like but you don’t have to go too expensive)

4 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream (use a good brand)

1/4 cup milk

4 Halloween Oreos

Add all ingredients to a blender and mix. Then pour into a glass. You can garnish with an Oreo. You can adjust the thickness of your milkshake by adding or subtracting the amount of ice cream you use.