Frighteningly good cocktails

These Halloween cocktails are inspired by scare-fest movies and other creepy things of the season. As you sit around the fire telling ghost stories at your next Halloween soiree, stir a few of these festive drinks into the cauldron.

Bacardi Redrum: Place ice in a mixing glass. Pour in 2 parts Bacardi Gold rum, 1 part apricot nectar and 1 part lime juice. Shake. Strain over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Float on top 1 part Cherry Heering (Danish cherry liqueur).

Spicy sanguine sling: Shake on ice 1 1/2 tablespoons spiced honey syrup (see note) with 1 1/2 ounces vodka, 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier, 2 ounces blood orange juice (approximately 1 fresh blood orange) and 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Strain over crushed ice in a high ball glass.

Note: To make the spiced honey syrup, combine equal parts Spiced Honey Creme and water and simmer until the creme completely dissolves. Let cool.

Chainsaw Massacre martini: Drizzle raspberry dessert topping (such as Smucker's PlateScrapers) into a martini glass. Combine 1 tablespoon Amarula Cream liqueur, 2 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur and 1/2 ounce Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice schnapps. Shake over ice. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with gummy "body parts."

Bacardi Zombie: Shake with ice 3 parts Bacardi Superior Rum, 1 part grenadine, 1 part triple sec, 2 parts sour mix and 2 parts orange juice. Pour into tall glass. Float on top a small portion Bacardi 151 Rum. Garnish with fresh fruit.

Vampire's elixir: Dress strawberry syrup on the inside and rim of a chilled martini glass. Combine in a cocktail shaker with ice: 1.5 ounces SKYY Raspberry Infusions Vodka, 3/4 ounce white chocolate liqueur, 1 ounce half-and-half. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Garnish with vampire teeth.

Black widow: Draw a spider web on the inside of a chilled martini glass with raspberry syrup. Combine in a cocktail shaker with ice: 1 1/2 ounces SKYY Infusions Raspberry vodka, 1/2 ounce Triple Sec, 2 ounces pomegranate juice, squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Shake vigorously and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with plastic spider.



Filled with gummy creatures and fish eggs made from tapioca pearls, this sweet, bubbly drink looks like something scooped up from a deep, dark bog.

Swamp juice

8 servings

1/2 cup small tapioca pearls (found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores)

Food coloring

4 tablespoons sugar

8 gummy fish

Seltzer water


8 gummy worms

- Make the eggs: Bring 6 cups water to a boil and add the tapioca pearls. Reduce heat slightly and boil the pearls, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes.

- Color the eggs: Divide the pearls, with the remaining water, between two bowls. Add 4 drops of food coloring (we used 3 drops of yellow and 1 drop of green in one bowl, and 4 drops of blue in the other) and 2 tablespoons of sugar to each bowl. Stir the mixtures, then allow them to sit uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes. Drain and rinse the pearls with cold water.

- Assemble the drink: Spoon 2 tablespoons of pearls into each glass and drop in a gummy fish. Fill the glasses with seltzer water, then add a splash of lemonade. Place a gummy worm around a spoon.