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One might assume that Halloween is all about the candy, costumes and scary movies—but you’re forgetting one crucial ingredient: booze (or boos, if you want to get punny with it). Halloween cocktails are the cherry on top of a perfect holiday, and there are so many delicious ways to create them at home. Whether you’re the friend who always hosts the most epic Halloween parties or someone who likes to sit on the couch with a couple friends a tasty cocktail, there are so many spooky drinks just waiting to be made—and sipped, of course.
Making your own drinks at home definitely has its perks, too. When make your own holiday cocktails, you never get charged $15 for a drink, the pours are as heavy as you like and it’s quiet enough to hear yourself think. Call me a homebody, but that sounds pretty damn enticing. Plus, so many spooky Halloween cocktails are ridiculously easy to make and only require a few ingredients. If you keep classic liquors and wines around the house, you might not even have to make a trip to the store. These seasonal cocktail recipes might just be the answer to your at-home Halloween celebrations and spooky season parties, folks.
From cocktails that are smoky and maybe the slightest bit creepy (Horror fans, this one’s for you!) to fall-inspired Halloween drinks that will make you feel bougie and festive at the same time, these cocktail recipes are here to make your life a little less stressful and little more boozy. Stock up on your favorite liquors and fruits like blood oranges, lemons, limes and blackberries, and you’re set to make your own Instagram-worthy cocktails this Halloween.
In that spirit, we’ve gathered 10 cocktail recipes that are so Pinterest-worthy, they’ll impress everyone this Halloween. All it takes is setting aside a little extra time to mix up something special for the season. We promise it’ll be worth it once you take a sip (or several). Cheers!
1. The Witch’s Heart Vodka Grenadine Cocktail
This spooky drink might look complicated, but it only requires three ingredients. To make the Witch’s Heart Vodka Grenadine Cocktail, all you’ll need is apple brandy or vodka, grenadine and blackberry shimmery liqueur—plus some dry ice if you love the smoke effect this cocktail creates.
2. Blood Orange Blackberry Rum Punch
If you’re serving several people, you can’t go wrong with this Blood Orange Blackberry Rum Punch recipe. It makes six delicious servings, and features the flavors of blood oranges, blackberry soda and lime juice. Garnished with blood orange slices, fresh blackberries and pansies, this is a can’t-miss Halloween treat.
3. Brown Sugar Manhattans
This twist on a classic is exactly the type of drink any fall evening—Halloween or otherwise—definitely needs. To make these Brown Sugar Manhattans, you’ll need to make a brown sugar syrup. But don’t fret! It only requires three ingredients (including water) and then you can use it to make these tasty cocktails.
4. Blackberry Sage Margarita
Made with or without dry ice (which gives the cocktail a gorgeous smoky look), this Blackberry Sage Margarita recipe is the perfect spooky season treat. Using tequila, blackberries, fresh sage (!) and a few more simple ingredients, you can whip up the cocktail in a matter of minutes.
5. Kahlua Pumpkin Scotchie
If you’re not into the spooky theme, try this Kahlua Pumpkin Scotchie cocktail from Garnish with Lemon. It’s perfect for all the Halloween vibes, and only uses three ingredients. Before you know it, this is sure to become your new fall favorite. After all, pumpkin spice is the flavor of the season.
6. Voldemort’s Dark Serum
Calling all fans of Harry Potter—the Voldemort’s Dark Serum cocktail is definitely for you. This recipe features pomegranate juice, tequila, raspberry liqueur, orange bitters and a couple more ingredients to create the ultimate treat for Halloween season. You can get the smoky effect by actually lighting this cocktail on fire (!), too.
7. Black Widow Cocktail
Using a simple homemade blackberry juice and simple syrup, the Black Widow Cocktail recipe is about to become your favorite eerie treat. It’s a simple cocktail—only using vodka, blackberry juice and simple syrup—so this is a great option for folks who aren’t a fan of complicated drinks.
8. Caramel Apple Sangria
Turn fall’s favorite dessert into the cocktail of your dreams with this Caramel Apple Sangria recipe. The recipe makes a pitcher full of the cocktail (12 servings), so you can share it—or not—with your friends and family. The entire thing only uses five ingredients, so you can make this one again and again.
9. Blackberry Apple Spooky Sangria
This Blackberry Apple Spooky Sangria is another great option for sharing. You’ll only need four ingredients—red wine, cranberry juice, apples and blackberries—to make it, too! Plus, this recipe shows you how to create spooky black ice cubes using grape juice and a little bit of food coloring.
10. Black Magic Halloween Cocktail
This Black Magic Halloween Cocktail uses two ingredients (Yes, really!): orange juice and black vodka. If you have trouble locating a bottle of black vodka, you can easily create your own with a bit of black food coloring. Top it all off with some orange slices and fun straws, and you’re ready for any spooky celebration.
A version of this article was originally published on October 13, 2016.