Thanks to Buzzfeed here are 5 drinks that are perfect for Halloween!

  1. Bloody Brain Shooter
Photo: HGTV.com

Ingredients

1 1/4 oz. strawberry vodka such as Stoli
1/8 oz. Rose’s lime juice
3/4 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
splash of grenadine

Instructions

Chill vodka for better smoothness. Add vodka and lime juice to a shaker; shake, then strain into a shot glass. Using a straw, dip some Bailey’s Irish Cream into the shot. Once you submerge the straw into the Bailey’s, put your finger on top of the straw to hold the Bailey’s in the straw. Dip the straw tip into the vodka and slowly release your top finger. The Bailey’s will curdle a little bit due to the lime juice and you should be able to make strands of Bailey’s.
Repeat the straw/Bailey’s process to build a “brain” in the shot glass. Add a splash of grenadine to the concoction to add the “blood” to the mix. Down the hatch as a shot.

2. Mr. Hyde’s Potion – Blackberry and vodka cocktail

Photo: HGTV.com

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces parfait amour liqueur
  • 1 ounce blackberry liqueur
  • 2 ounces tarragon simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce lavender syrup, available at most liquor stores
  • 4 lavender sprigs
  • 8 blackberries
  • dry ice (optional) Note: Always observe dry ice safety measures: Never touch dry ice with bare skin and do not swallow. purple sanding sugar for rim (optional)

Instructions

1: Prepare the tarragon simple syrup by placing 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan.
2: Heat over medium-low heat until it reaches a low boil. Add two sprigs of fresh tarragon and reduce heat to low. Heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove tarragon and allow syrup to cool.
3: Place 2 blackberries on each lavender sprig and set aside. Tip: For best results, insert a toothpick through blackberry first to make a small hole for the lavender stem.
4: Cut and juice lemon. Strain to remove pulp, if desired. Add spirits, syrups and juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until very cold (about 20 seconds).
5: Pour drink into beakers, add a small piece of dry ice (optional) and a lavender-blackberry skewer. Note: Drink is safe to consume only after dry ice has completely dissolved.

3. Vampire Cocktail – A vanilla ice cream base and triple sec complement

Photo: HGTV.com

Ingredients

Photo by Steve Murello

1 scoop vanilla ice cream
1 oz. triple sec
1/2 oz. white crème de cacao
drizzle of grenadine

Instructions

Blend all ingredients except grenadine until smooth, pour into a stemmed cocktail glass. Drizzle grenadine over the top.

4. Zombie Cocktail – Apricot brandy and three different types of rum

Photo: HGTV.com

Ingredients

1 oz. apricot brandy
1 oz. light rum
1 oz. dark or Jamaican rum
1 oz. lime juice
2 dashes grenadine
orange juice
1 oz. Bacardi 151 rum

Instructions

Mix light and dark rum and brandy in a cocktail shaker, add lime juice and grenadine. Shake well and strain into a highball glass filled with cracked ice.
Fill glass with orange juice, but leave enough room to float the Bacardi 151 rum on top. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.

5. Pumpkin Spice Halloween Punch

Photo: HGTV.com

Ingredients

  • 2 honeycrisp apples
  • 2 pears
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, or more to taste
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 bottles pinot grigio, chilled
  • 1 pumpkin, for serving (optional)

Instructions

Thinly slice apples, pears and oranges lengthwise, then place in a large bowl. Coat with lemon juice to prevent browning. Add honey, brown sugar, bourbon, apple cider and pumpkin pie spice, stirring gently to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours, or overnight. Top with chilled pinot grigio and serve.

Tip

Serve in a pitcher or punch bowl, or give the punch extra Halloween flavor by serving inside a Jack O’ Lantern. Cut a circle in the top of a large pumpkin, then completely remove seeds and pulp. Fill with fruit and punch, then enjoy!