Halloween should be a time for spooks and scares, fun and games. Sad, we live in a world where trick-or-treating is done primarily at malls and fire houses, as opposed to door-to-door, due to the sketchy nature of a vast amount of human beings. What used to be a child’s opportunity to dress up and dream, has become more adult – which, isn’t all bad, because that means there’s drinks involved.
If you’re planning to host a Halloween bash, or simply attend one, any party is better with booze.
(No offense to those who don’t, can’t or simply have no interest in indulging.)
As long as you enjoy responsibly, alcohol can be the magic potion that gives you the courage you need to approach that cutie, do “The Time Warp”, or just relax and have fun.
Craig and I, if you haven’t already figured out, do enjoy indulging. We don’t need alcohol to have a good time, but we also don’t need dessert after a meal.
Whenever we host a Halloween celebration, we make sure the drinks are every bit as festive as the food and decorations; after all, if you’re going to do it, do it right.
Try a Jack O’Tini Layered drink, a Black Absinthe (which would be right up Craig’s alley, since he loves black licorice and liqueurs like Jagermeister), or a Vampire Frozen Tease to start.
If none of those sound eye-pealing (yes, I’m horrible when it comes to puns), this slideshow should surely spook up something you’ll like.
Now…if none of these recipes suit your style, or budget, give your favorite drink an All Hallows Eve up-cycle.
Spooky accessories, like a ghoulish glass, can instantly upgrade any drink. Oriental Trading Company is a great source for cheap decorations and goodies like plastic spiders you can float in drinks or freeze into ice cubes and add to a punch bowl. I’ve ordered from them many times, and have never had a bad experience. I will say, just wash anything you plan to add to a drink, before doing so.
You can also make a lot of drinks glow in the dark or under black light. An alternative suggestion, would be to make ice cubes that glow, and include those in a drink (alcoholic or non) or punch bowl. Find Halloween ice cube trays , in shapes likes skulls or bats, to up the ante.
Or, freeze water in plain rubber gloves. Once frozen, cut off the glove and give your punch bowl a hand.
(See what I did there?)
Stirrers are another fun way to make your drink festive! I adore these bone stirrers , but Peeps (shown above), gummy eyeballs or even candy corn could make a drink festive. A visit to a craft store could make some cute wine glass charms too, by grabbing some Halloween stickers and large jump rings (look in the jewelry section). Punch a hole in each sticker (I would leave them attached to their backing and cut them out), add the jump ring and viola! You have a wine glass charm a guest can take home and save or add to a scrapbook!
Want to really spook your guests or friends? Try a Jello syringe ! Exactly what it sounds like, you take a Jello shot from a syringe! Nice touch to add to pre-mixed cocktails or have around the room for guests who need a bit of a booster. And, for Vegetarian or Vegan friends, you can make Vegan gelatin! Yes, it is a big deal; traditional gelatin is made with animal byproducts, so if you have a Vegetarian or Vegan friend, be kind.
If you want to rim a glass, with sugar or salt, but make it ghastly, color your own ! A black salt rim on a green Margarita or even a black sugar rim on a Strawberry Daiquiri, can certainly add a fright factor. If you really want to impress, offer Prickly Pear Margaritas with a black sugar rim and a Jello syringe! Perfect for Pinhead themes! Prickly pear, if you don’t know, is a cactus fruit native to the desert southwest. To me, it’s similar in taste to plum; sweet with a bit tart, most major liquor stores carry a prickly pear mixer.
Any drink looks spooky with a bit of dry ice. But, is it safe?
Yes, as long as you don’t ingest an entire chunk. Made of the same chemicals that carbonate soda, it’s not harmful unless you nom the whole block. Add a couple cubes to whatever poison your prefer, or to a cauldron of cocktails, for a eerie effect.
I promised you Black vodka. I’m a vodka drinker, as is Craig, and my BFF swoons for Screwdrivers. What’s more Halloween than black and orange? Midori and green liqueurs, or purple and black could be equally (deliciously) evil.
Right now, Blavod is the only truly black vodka. However, I’m tempted to use a good, black food coloring to try and tint my regular brand (which, by the way, the paste food coloring is what I would recommend for sugars, salts and other “dyed” foods for any occasion).
Feel free to blame us, here at Glitter Fantasy, for your weekend tasting binge! Got to try them all to make sure you have the right potion for your party!
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