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7 Best Cocktails to Make This Halloween

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This Halloween, do better than pouring a shot of whiskey into your Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks; make a spooky, festive Halloween cocktail instead. Whether you’re preparing to host the Halloween party of the century or are just looking for a spirited drink to enjoy while you give out candy to neighbors, these drinks are exactly what you need this season. From midnight black cocktails, to festive pumpkin drinks, to eerie, smoking showstoppers, here are seven best cocktails you need to make this Halloween.

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Double double, toil and trouble—this cocktail is sure to bewitch the drinker with its mysterious combination of sour, earthy, smoky and bitter flavors. Created by Carlos Ruiz at the Crystal Tavern in New Jersey, the Witches Coffee House mixes Highland Park Dark Origins scotch with coffee and a black lime syrup, made by mixing dried limes with activated charcoal and simple syrup. Frothy egg whites and bubbly tonic lightens the more intense notes of the drink, adding some creaminess and effervescence.

The Essentials

Scotch
coffee
black lime syrup
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Inspired by the classic Halloween folk tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” this cocktail gives a whole new meaning to the idea of pumpkin spice. Zack Berger of NYC’s Analogue makes a homemade pumpkin cordial using real pumpkin purée, baking spices and honey. This cordial is added to spicy rye, cinnamon syrup, a splash of herbal Bénédictine and a whole egg for decadence. It’s indulgent enough to make your head fall off … get it?

The Essentials

Rye Whiskey
Pumpkin Cordial
egg
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The only thing scarier than encountering a real ghost is consuming one of the hottest peppers in the world. Instead of just using standby Tabasco, this cocktail uses CaJohn’s Lethal Ingestion hot sauce, made from the Bhut Jolokia pepper, infamously known as the “ghost pepper.” Rye whiskey, fresh lime juice and simple syrup temper the drink ever so slightly, but this drink is definitely meant to be consumed quickly for maximum burn.

The Essentials

Whiskey
lime juice
Lethal Ingestion
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Absinthe may not deserve its reputation for causing drinkers to go mad, but it’s still a devilish spirit for drinking on Mischief Night. In this cocktail, which was inspired by the creepy Series of Unfortunate Events books, absinthe gets shaken with orgeat, egg whites and heavy cream for a sinful amount of creaminess. Activated charcoal gives it a grayscale ombré hue, and a flamed bundle of fennel, anise and cinnamon imparts a light aromatic smoke on the glass.

The Essentials

absinthe
Egg White
Activated Charcoal
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Take on the Fireball dragon—or the fall season sniffles—with this autumnal take on a Hot Toddy. Made with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, fresh apple cider and a spoonful of honey, this warming cocktail is perfect for enjoying after a long day of taking the kids trick or treating or for sipping by the fire for a low-key Halloween in. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg, a cinnamon stick and an apple peel to make the cocktail even more festive for the holiday.

The Essentials

Fireball
Apple Cider
Honey
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This cocktail from Eric Trousdale of Chicago’s Arbella actually looks like a potion-filled cauldron billowing with smoke. The stiff drink is made by stirring non-peated scotch, amaro, crème de noyaux and Angostura bitters, but the key to the jaw-dropping visual is hickory smoke—achieved by piping in smoke from ignited hickory wood chips through a smoking gun. If you don’t have a smoking gun at home, use a peated Islay scotch to replicate that smoky flavor and aroma.

The Essentials

Scotch
Amaro
Crème de Noyaux
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Behold, the ultimate Halloween cocktail. This large format drink combines all of our favorite fall ingredients: bourbon, brandy, pumpkin, cinnamon and apple cider. Not only does the punch use real pumpkin purée along with a homemade pumpkin spice syrup (that also uses real pumpkin), but the entire punch is served in a real pumpkin, creating a true punch-kin. There is no better crowd-pleaser to serve at your Halloween bash.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Apricot Brandy
Pumpkin Purée

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