Happy Halloween! Well, almost. Summer is finally starting to fade away and before everyone gets all Christmas-ed out, lets enjoy our favorite scary holiday. To get you in the mood, we’ve rounded up some delicious cocktails with a delightfully haunted twist. So, put on those costumes and enjoy (responsibly)!
Created by Masa Urushido of Saxon + Parole
Get a glimpse of the early days of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre villain: Leatherface. This terrifying asylum escapee is sure to make you shakenly reach for that ‘killer’ spicy margarita.
2 parts Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila
¾ parts fresh lime juice
¼ part smoky simple syrup*
Lava salt and dried red chili pepper for garnish
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice in rocks glass. Garnish rim with lava salt and add dried chili pepper.
*Smoky simple syrup: Pour equal parts sugar and water into a saucepan with one dried chili pepper. Simmer until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool. Remove chili pepper and set syrup aside.
You’ll Float Too
This cocktail is synonymous to that of the shapeshifting, demonized clown that continues to haunt our nightmares from the film “IT.”
2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
1 part sweet vermouth
Orange twist, for garnish
FOR THE CAMPARI ICE CUBES:
¾ part Campari
2 parts water
Several hours before serving, mix together Campari and water and freeze in a square ice mold. When frozen, make the cocktail: Place 2 Campari ice cubes in rocks glass. Pour all ingredients over ice cubes and garnish with a wide orange twist. Stir the drink to start the ice melting.
The Cruel Cult
The mysterious and unidentifiable cult members of American Horror Story’s “Cult” has us shaken to our core. Here’s a shot recipe that might ease our nerves as we uncover the mysteries one episode after another…
2 parts Sugar Island Spiced Rum
½ part Lime juice
½ part Ginger liqueur
Apple Cider, to fill
Add all ingredients into a shaking tin. Dry shake for 5 seconds. Fill shot glasses ½ way with Apple Cider. Pour the remaining ingredients from the shaker and fill into shot glasses.
Spooky First Snowfall
A blend of spices intrigues with the same captivating mystery in the chilling new thriller, “The Snowman.” Perhaps this drink will help calm any nerves of running into the ‘Snowman’ killer…
1 part Amarula Cream Liqueur
½ part Spiced-infused whisky (clove, cinnamon, juniper, star anise, and cardamom)
Stir ingredients in a glass beaker until chilled. Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Home Sweet Horror
This Manhattan is a classic recipe we all adore—then, a capsule of activated charcoal is unleashed and the color is drained right before our eyes – kind of like what Grace’s face looked like in “Mother!” when an unexpected intruder disrupts the calm sanctuary she once called home.
2 parts Maker’s 46®
1 part Amaro Averna
1 capsule of activated charcoal
1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled and strain over an ice ball. Break open a capsule of activated charcoal, and stir.