Creepy (Yet Sophisticated) Halloween Cocktails

These adult drinks are spooktacularly good.

1. Black Licorice Halloween Cocktail

We don't know about you, but we take our licorice shaken, not stirred. This lovely libation gets its major macabre factor from black sambuca liqueur. A little lemon juice, simple syrup, vodka, and cherry garnish help round out its Halloween spirits.

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2. Raven's Wing Cocktail

This scarlet sip with blackened mint leaf "feather" garnish is pure Halloween poetry. Specifically: Edgar Allan Poe-try. Inspired by "The Raven," Kelli Hall Design created this vibrant drink with creme de cassis liqueur and raspberry lambic beer. The feather garnish is made with a little Halloween magic (and by coating a mint leaf with black food coloring spray).

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3. Midnight Sangria

Red wine sangria is usually pretty dark, but this recipe from Drinking with Chickens makes it pitch black. Start with gathering all the very darkest fall fruits, then let them languish happily overnight in a diabolical mixture of Cabernet, black current liqueur, and black vodka. Take it from us, this beverage is best served from a cauldron.

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4. The Devil's Bet

Scotch cocktails are a bet we're always game to take. No matter the stakes. Bit by a Fox ups the ante with this festive cocktail by mixing scotch with coffee liqueur, lemon juice, and sparkling hard apple cider. We ain't scared; in fact, we'll take another round.

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5. Maple Concord

Try not to be the very height of vampire sophistication while you're sipping one of these beauties. Concord grape juice, whiskey, maple simple syrup, and lemon juice served up in an old-fashioned coupe? This might just be too fancy for your fangs.

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6. Corpse Reviver No. 2

With a name like that, you know it's gotta be good. Prescribed as a hangover cure in the 19th century, this historical cocktail is strong on the "medicine," if you know what we mean. This glamorous rendition by The Life Styled features all the usual suspects: dry gin, orange liqueur, Lillet Blanc, absinthe, lemon juice, and a brandied cherry all presented in a pretty, vintage glass.

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7. Death in the Afternoon

Originally created by Ernest Hemingway himself, this unsettling concoction gets its eerie glow from absinthe diluted slowly into champagne. Drinking with Chickens ups the creep factor with a delightfully ghoulish amaranth bloom spilling down its side.

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8. Monster Mash Slush

A grown-up slushie seems like the perfect addition to your trick-or-treat bash, especially when it's monster-green with a drizzle of fresh grenadine "blood." That luscious slush coloring comes from a blended-then-frozen concoction of honeydew melon, fresh orange juice, tequila, and orange liqueur. All of that is crowned with a black sugar rim, because: Halloween.

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9. The Hella Spookler

We can't tear our eyeballs away from the sanguine, sparkling gorgeousness of this cocktail created by Bit by a Fox for Fresh Direct. Bitters, vodka, Prosecco, and a single sugar cube are definitely a party in a glass. Add in those pomegranate seeds and juice and it's all just crimson enough to make us squirm with delight.

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10. Poe's Ink Cocktail

Our spooky cocktail list would not be complete without another homage to Mr. Poe. This one from Drinking with Chickens uses anise- and clove-infused black vodka, black tea, absinthe, blackstrap molasses, and spiced apple cider, all served up in an anise-smoked glass. Perfect for imbibing "once upon a midnight dreary." Or twice.

See the full recipe here.

11. Fire + Brimstone Margarita

This pretty potion from Kelli Hall Design looks like something straight out of a mad scientist's laboratory. But in actuality, it's a sweet and spicy jalapeño-blackberry margarita with a black lava salt rim. Up the Halloween creep factor by adding small chunks of dry ice (wait till completely dissolved to safely sip).

Get the full recipe here.

12. Bloody-Rimmed Martinis

These ghostly coconut concoctions get their ominous pallor from cream and cream of coconut, and their boozy kick from coconut rum and vanilla vodka. But the crowning gory is that rim of blood (red writing gel icing dribbles). So delightfully sinister!

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