Halloween is just around the corner! Here are some of our favorite cocktails in the holiday’s brightest, most festive hue — perfect for a Halloween party. Gather friends, mix drinks, and toast to the spookiest night of the year.
Clementine and Campari
2 Tbs. (1 fl. oz.) Campari
2 Tbs. (1 fl. oz.) fresh clementine juice
6 Tbs. (3 fl. oz.) Prosecco
Clementine twist or wheel for garnish
Pour Campari into a chilled champagne flute. Top with clementine juice, then Prosecco. Garnish with a clementine twist or wheel and serve at once. Serves 1.
Papaya and Lime Agua Fresca
5 cups chopped papaya, plus cubes for garnish
1/3 cup (3 fl. oz.) fresh lime juice, plus 6-8 lime wedges for garnish
1 cup sugar
2 cups gold tequila
1/4 cup (2 fl. oz.) Grand Marnier
In a blender, in batches, combine 8 cups water, papaya, lime juice and sugar. Blend on high until completely liquid and frothy. Transfer to a pitcher, add tequila and Grand Marnier, and stir to combine. Serve in individual glasses over ice. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge and a cocktail skewer of papaya cubes. Serves 6-8.
1 Tbs. coarse sea salt
1/2 tsp. ancho chile powder
1 lime wedge
2 Tbs. tomato juice
1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
1 Tbs. hot-pepper sauce
1 bottle (12 fl. oz./375 ml.) Mexican beer, or to taste, chilled
On a small plate, stir together the salt and chile powder. Moisten the rim of a tall glass with the lime wedge and dip the rim in the sale mixture to coat. Reserve the lime wedge.
Pour the tomato juice, lime juice and hot-pepper sauce into the glass and stir to mix well. Fill the glass about two-thirds full with ice cubes. Gradually pour in the beer. Squeeze in the juice from the lime wedge and serve. Serves 1.
Orange Blossom Gin Fizz
Ice as needed
1/4 cup gin
2 Tbs. yuzu or fresh lemon juice*
1/4 orange, cut into 2 wedges
1/2 tsp. orange flower water
1 Tbs. simple syrup
1/4 cup club soda (soda water)
Orange blossom for garnish (optional)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, yuzu or lemon juice, orange wedges, orange flower water and simple syrup. Cover, shake well and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with the club soda. Garnish with an orange blossom and serve immediately. Serves 1.
*Note: Yuzu tastes like a combination of grapefruit and mandarin. Look for it in bottles in Asian markets; if you have trouble finding it, substitute any citrus juice—the more exotic, the better.
Blood Orange Punch
1 bottle (750 ml) dry sparkling wine, chilled
1 bottle (25.3 fl. oz./750 ml) blood orange-satsuma cocktail mixer, chilled
1 small blood orange, thinly sliced
In a punch bowl, stir together the sparkling wine and cocktail mixer. Float the blood orange slices on top. Serve immediately. Serves 12.