by Emily Connor, Dining and Nightlife Editor
For those of age who will be frequenting the State Street bars this weekend, your average cocktail is likely to be a little boring. Halloween is the perfect time to spice up your favorite drinks. But before you buy every type of liquor imaginable, little twists to some classic drink recipes can create frightfully awesome new cocktails.
Ghostly Jello Jigglers
This variation on the classic Jello shot takes on an unusually ghoulish form for Halloween.
1 1/2 cups boiling water
4 3 oz. packages of Jello (Grape, Orange or Black Cherry for great Halloween colors)
6 to 8 oz. vodka
Sour gummy worms
Pour 1 1/2 cups of boiling water into a large bowl. Mix in the jello until everything is dissolved. Add the vodka and a splash of cold water and stir well. Pour the liquid directly into a 9 x 13 inch pan and chill until firm (about 3 hours).
Cut the Jello jigglers into classic Halloween shapes with cookie cutters.
For added fun, add a sour gummy worm to the jigglers before they firm up.
An easy classic with a creepy colorful twist!
1/2 cup orange juice
1 1/2 oz. black vodka*
1 black licorice twist
Pour the orange juice over a tall glass with ice. Then very slowly pour the black vodka over a spoon so it drizzles and sits atop the orange juice to create a separation (or swirl everything together for a marble effect). Bite off the tip of the black licorice twist and use it as a straw.
*Note: Black Vodka, a black colored vodka with no noticeable taste difference, can be found at any usual liquor store. Blavod, is a popular brand. However, other varieties can be found as well.
Bloody Witch’s Bubbly Brew
A deep ruby red adaptation of the cosmopolitan with a fizzy addition!
1 oz. black cherry or pomegranate juice
1 oz. vodka or silver rum
½ oz. of Triple Sec
Splash of lime grenadine
Splash of ginger ale
Frozen peeled grapes
In a martini shaker, mix the juice, vodka or rum, and triple sec and shake well. Pour into a frosted martini glass. Pour the splash of grenadine and ginger ale on top. Garnish with a couple frozen grape “eyeballs.”
Pumpkin Pie Delight
A creamy pumpkin pie cocktail that’s better than the actual dessert!
1 oz. Malibu Rum
3/4 oz. canned pumpkin pie filling
1/2 oz. Kahlua
2 oz. cold milk or cream
Splash of Bailey’s with caramel (optional)
Mix all of the ingredients in a blender with ice and blend thoroughly. Pour into a graham cracker-rimmed tall glass and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
MODA Magazine does not endorse underage or irresponsible drinking. This article is intended for informative dining purposes, and these drinks should be consumed in moderation.