Full disclosure; I am a major fan of all things horror. And, yes, it may have a little something to do with watching ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ way before I should have. However, I’m happy to admit that since then, my love for horror movies, urban legends, and even those trashy ‘Scary Things Caught On Camera’ YouTube videos have only grown stronger. So, as you can guess, I love celebrating Halloween! And, sure, dressing up in cute costumes is always fun. But hosting a horror movie night with snacks, a few friends, and Halloween alcoholic drinks is how I love to spend the scariest night of the year.
If you share a love for a fright night in like me, you’re definitely thinking about how to spook up your Halloween drinks this year. Fear not. With the help of Gift Baskets Overseas, you’ll get everyone into the ‘spirit’ with our scary-good drink ideas! Read below as we talk witches and whiskey and getting a little tipsy!
The History of Halloween and Spirits
Many will be surprised to know that alcohol has been a part of Halloween for centuries. Back in the 14th century, Alchemists stumbled across alcohol while trying to turn metal into gold. Through more experimentation, they also discovered how to distill, and were able to turn alcohol into a vapor. This type of alcohol was then given the name ‘spirit.’
Halloween was initially a Pagan festival that marked the end of summer and a time when the dead could walk on Earth. Pagans would leave food and drinks (spirits) out on their doorsteps to keep these ghosts happy, eventually leading to the tradition of trick-or-treating many years later.
Today, instead of leaving food and drink on the doorstep, kids dressed up in costumes come to receive candy and other sweet treats. While the adults choose to celebrate with boo!-ze.
Top 5 Halloween Alcoholic Drinks: Hocus Pocus With A Twist
Whether you’re planning a scary movie night in, or hosting the greatest Halloween party of the year, Halloween specialty drinks will make your celebration so much spookier! Now, these drinks won’t bring people back from the dead, but they sure will bring life to any kind of party. Check out our top five Halloween alcoholic drinks below:
Vampire’s Kiss Cocktail
I should warn you against kissing vampires because Bella Swan’s journey was anything but easy. But, we’ll make this delicious drink the exception. This blood-red, berry-flavored vodka martini looks sinister, but is just as sweet as its red sugar rim. With an added chunk of dry ice, this cocktail bubbles and boils all night long. Find the recipe right here.
Pumpkins are unavoidable during Halloween, so we might as well make the most of them! Don’t throw your pumpkin carvings away. Instead, make something truly magical with this Pumpkin Martini recipe. This creamy and crunchy drink is sure to impress your friends at your next spooky get-together.
As I said, no one will be returning from the dead, but the Corpse Reviver is sure to lift anyone’s spirits! A classic gin sour all the way from the 1930s with a zingy taste and licorice finish, this drink will cast its lemon-flavored spell over your Halloween guests. Find out how to make this classic cocktail here.
If you’re looking to whip up a Halloween drink that’s a little more potent, the Zombie Cocktail is the one for you. Made from 3 different fruit juices, 2 fruit syrups, and 4 types of rum (yes, I said 4), this Halloween drink packs a punch! While borderline unnecessary, the Zombie cocktail is scary good! Try it out for yourself.
It’s entirely fair to give this drink a round of applause. The monarch of Halloween drinks and, most probably, alcoholic drinks overall – the Bloody Mary was invented waaaay back in the 1920s. Since then, this simple combination of vodka and tomato juice has become one of the most popular drinks in the world, and it’s right on theme for Halloween! Follow this recipe to make your own bloody mary concoction.
Halloween Drinking Games: Putting the ‘Boo’ in Booze
Well, we’ve sorted out the drinks; now let’s get to the drinking! Liven up your fright night with these Halloween drinking games:
Eyeball Beer Pong
I’m sure you’re familiar with regular beer pong. So, just imagine that but a little bit creepier. Simply swap out your standard ping pong balls with store-bought eyeballs. Furthermore, you will need some really good beer for your Beer Party, and voila! You’re playing the scary and slightly gross eyeball beer pong.
Halloween Cocktail Challenge
By now, you’ve probably seen the widely popular cocktail challenges on TikTok. Well, you can give this game a spooky twist by asking your guests to bring their own scary concoctions! Make things interesting by offering a prize to the person whose cocktail comes out on top.
Boozy Bobbing for Apples
It wouldn’t be Halloween without spicing up what is usually a wholesome family activity. Replace those apples with mini liquor bottles and watch your guests bob like they’ve never bobbed before.
Tipsy Halloween Trivia
If your friend group is made up of Halloween enthusiasts, this is the perfect drinking game!
Split into teams or play as individuals in a game of trivia that will test your guest’s Halloween knowledge. If they get the answer correct, they get a point; if they’re wrong, they have to drink up!
Halloween Punch Recipe: The Witch’s Brew
*Enters the Witch*…. : Now listen, dear reader, for potent spirits are you too eager. But blame you, I shall not, for all would like to taste the brew in my magical pot. Listen closely; my punch-making chant has begun, so fetch a bottle of vodka (what about one with a Skull bottle, our Crystal Skull?) and a little bit of rum. Below you will find the Witch’s Brew, telling you exactly what you need to do. But beware, dear reader, this recipe is quite scary and far more potent than a bloody mary!
The Witch’s Brew Punch Recipe
What You’ll Need:
- 48 oz pineapple juice
- 2 cans of peach nectar
- 1L bottle of orange juice
- 2L bottle of lime soda carbonated and chilled
- 1 bottle vodka
- 1 bottle rum
- dry ice
- 1 bag of gummy worms
- 4-10 drops of green or black food coloring
- 1 large plastic cauldron
- 1 large punch bowl
How to Make the Witch’s Brew
- Using gloves or tongs, place a block of dry ice at the bottom of the cauldron.
- Fill the cauldron with just enough water to cover the dry ice. This will cause the cauldron to appear as though it is magically smoking.
- Carefully pour the juices, nectar, and food coloring into your punch bowl. Then, slowly add the vodka, rum, and lemon-lime soda and stir gently until well-blended.
- Add the gummy worms right at the end and place the punch bowl inside the cauldron.
- Serve the Witch’s Brew!
Top Tip: Remember that dry ice is hazardous, so it’s best to keep it away from kids, pets, and tipsy guests!
Happy Halloween from GBO!
Whether you’re going out and dressing up or staying in for a scary movie marathon, Halloween alcoholic drinks can make the spookiest night of the year a hell of a good time! I hope these boo-tiful ideas inspire you to try something new and a little bit creepy!
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Alex is a hopeless romantic who was supposed to be born in Italy (her dream destination), but proud to be South African nonetheless. She lives by her heart, and, consequentially, leaves a little bit of herself in everything she writes. She wholeheartedly believes that mermaids (and fairies) exist and is deadly afraid of the age ’30’.