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No goblin or ghoul will go thirsty at your Halloween party with these delightful Halloween drink recipes, plus Halloween punch ideas. Concoct a kid-friendly beverage or experiment with adults-only cocktail creations.
Sweet! Half the fun of this kid-friendly party drink is how cool it looks served in clear glass. The other half of the fun? The citrusy flavor combination is a thirst-quenching party pleaser. Layers of mango-sweetened gelatin, bubble-filled orange drink, and honey-infused whipped cream imitate the classic Halloween candy's colorful stripes.
Editor's Tip: Layer the mixtures in tall individual clear glasses if you'd rather show off the colors in individual servings.
This monstrously flavorful slush is just dripping with spooky character. The tequila-laced frozen mixture of melon and orange takes on the look of a mad scientist's latest experiment when it's doused in bubbling lemon-lime soft drink and drizzled with blood-red grenadine. Black decorating sugar rims the glass with ominous effect.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave -- and oh, what a delicious result! Zigzags of caramel and dark chocolate weave along the inside of a glass filled with creamy goodness that will snare kids' and adults' taste buds. Top each serving with a wispy caramelized sugar web to crown the shake in creepy style.
White chocolate apparitions haunt this chilling beverage. The spirited adults-only potion is shaken with ice to blend the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, milk, and whipping cream. Topped with a spritz of whipped cream and the ghostly garnish, the taste will haunt your party guests' dreams.
Editor's Tip: If you're in a time crunch, substitute ghost-shape marshmallows or other ghost-shape candies for the garnish.
Red-hot and super-fast, this cider sizzles with cinnamon. Cinnamon candies give standard cider a flavor and color punch. It's oh-so-simple to make, too. Add apple slices and thin strips of orange peel to accentuate the cider's colorful costume.
Editor's Tip: For an adult version, add cinnamon schnapps to the hot cider mixture.
This creepy cocktail shimmers with the color of blood. Bold flavors -- maple, Concord grape juice, and whiskey -- infuse this rich and flavorful drink. Serve the cocktail in old-style Champagne glasses garnished with skewered grapes for a beverage that will delight all the vampires on your Halloween party guest list.
Editor's Tip: Use the highest-quality Concord grape juice you can find to ensure fresh flavor.
From the muddy muck, a simply satisfying Halloween punch emerges. In just 10 minutes you can create a cola concoction laced with Irish cream liqueur to calm the creatures at your adult party. Served over ice, this mess might look like swamp water teeming with monstrous possibilities, but its fabulous flavor will have party guests sipping even as they wonder.
The blue "slime" in this zippy punch is actually blueberry-flavor gelatin floating in sparkling lemonade. Make this for your next monster bash.
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Green lemonade is both refreshing and wickedly appropriate for the Halloween holiday. Give an adult edge to these ghoulish drinks by adding vodka.
Editor's Tip: To make black bat picks, print out bat pattern, trace onto black cardstock, cut out, and use a dab of tacky glue to adhere to the tops of a clear cocktail stir sticks.
Editor's Tip: For an adult punch, use chilled champagne in place of sparkling grape juice.
Editor's Tip: Attach the face pieces with a temporary adhesive, such as gummy tack.
This blood green brew is actually a thirst-quenching purchased lemon-lime pop in disguise (just add extra food coloring for a gruesome green). The bloody mug only adds to the fright level of this Halloween beverage.
Editor's Tip: Use red dimensional paint to drip "blood" from the rim of a beer mug. Leave a small open area so that your guest's lips won't touch any paint.
Guests will be caught red-handed when they go to get a drink of this punch. A floating frozen hand both cools and adds flavor to this Halloween punch.
Editor's Tip: To make a spooky frozen hand, pour cranberry juice cocktail into two or three clear plastic gloves, leaving room so that the fingers can move easily. Seal gloves with rubber bands and freeze. Use scissors to cut the gloves off the frozen hands. If any fingers break off, add them separately to punch.
For a magical Halloween drink that will amaze your guests, fill a highball glass about halfway with orange soda and then carefully add a spoonful of chilled cherry gelatin. The gelatin should float on top of the beverage. If desired, stir together just before drinking.
Editor's Tip: Decorate a clear highball glass with pairs of oval and round wiggle eyes in assorted sizes to give your drink personality. Attach eyes to the outside of the glass with red dimensional paint or glue.
With spicy chai and sweet orange and lime flavors, this buggy chai punch is sure to draw a crowd. Serve with ice for a refreshing thirst-quencher and a buggy garnish for added flavor.
Editor's Tip: To make the buggy garnish, use a wooden skewer, lime rinds, and maraschino cherries for a spooky body, adding cloves for the bug's eyes.
This Halloween drink will satisfy all of your senses with its spicy and fruity flavors. A mix of apple cider, cranberry, guava, and lime juices, as well as ginger, cinnamon, and allspice make this drink anything but boring -- especially when you add a batty garnish.
Editor's Tip: A quick trip to the deli counter gives you the tools to make this batty vampire garnish. Salami wings, a gherkin body, and clove eyes are held together with a red wooden skewer.
Startle your Halloween guests with this wicked brew. White chocolate, coconut, cream, rum, and vodka make a tasty martini, while red cake gel around the rim adds just the right amount of fright. For younger goblins, substitute lemonade or lemon-lime soda.
A martini glass with grenadine on the bottom, ice, and lemonade on the top serves as a toast-worthy Halloween drink. Spooky garnishes make this beverage even more holiday appropriate.
Editor's Tip: For the gremlin garnish skewer a slice of kiwi for the face. Cut a cherry in half and attach with pieces of toothpick for eyes. Add the cherry stem for a smile and twists of lemon, lime, and orange peel for hair.
Customize these drinks to add fun to the Halloween festivities. Choose your base (ice cream, pudding, or a milk shake) and a favorite fruit-flavor syrup. In a clear glass, alternate layers of the base with the fruit syrup.
-- To make the spooky watching eyes, freeze a mini chocolate cake roll, cut into thick slices horizontally, and attach red cinnamon candies with frosting for eyes.
-- For the green spider garnish, cut gummy candy rings in half and place along the rim as legs. Place a soft fruit candy in the center for the body and dab on decorative gel icing for the eyes.