If you ask us, Halloween is kinda overrated. The rushing around finding a costume (usually at the last minute), throwing around tons of cash on something you’re only going to wear once and fretting over whether our hair and makeup still looks spooky and on point is just so stressful. Is it any wonder everyone feels the need to drink their faces off on Oct. 31? We’d much rather channel our energy into perfecting the perfect Halloween-y cocktail than the perfect costume.
In that spirit, we’ve gathered 10 cocktail recipes that are so Pinterest-worthy, they’ll impress the hell out of every friend you offer them to on Halloween. All it takes is setting aside a little extra time to mix up something dark, rich-looking, and full of flavorful ingredients. Think: Pumpkin, blackberries, and apples. Promise it’ll be worth it once you sip it and feel very domestically accomplished—plus, the hangover probably won’t be as bad as with beer or cheap wine.
Originally posted October 2016. Updated September 2017.