Have Your Halloween Candy and Drink It, Too
Why wait and dig through the Halloween bucket leftovers? These candy-inspired cocktails can be enjoyed right now.
What's better than Halloween candy? Not much when you're a kid. And even as adults, we can put the candy consequences out of our mind (for a minute) and dive pretty hard into a bag of chocolate candy mix. But also, as adults, there are more exciting ways to enjoy Halloween candy. Here are six you need to know about before Halloween hits.
Milky Way Martini
This creamy concoction is an adult take on the classic candy bar, mixing coffee liqueur, chocolate vodka and cream for the perfect Halloween treat.
Cemetery Slime Punch
Try this nonalcoholic punch made from diet root beer, frozen yogurt and lots of gummy worms, of course.
Almond Joy Martini
This drink tastes like an Almond Joy candy bar but comes with a kick courtesy of chocolate vodka, hazelnut liqueur and coconut rum.
Pop Rocks and sour gummy worms add a playful touch to this berry-infused tequila cocktail.
This dark-as-night cocktail features coffee liqueur, espresso beans, coffee, black vodka and creme de cocoa for a spooky, energy-packed concoction.
Skittles-Infused Wine Granita
This candy-infused frozen treat puts an adult twist on a childhood favorite, and the tie-dye hues are the perfect addition to your fall gatherings.
A Halloween take on everyone's favorite summer cocktail — the margarita — this colorful concoction includes the usual suspects: fresh lime juice, triple sec and tequila with a few additions for the spooky season. Get the recipe.
Classic Margaritas With a Candy Twist
Give a favorite childhood candy an adult twist by getting gummy worms drunk, then whipping up a tipsy worm's perfect match: a tasty, classic margarita. Get the recipe.
Smokin' Skulls Shot
Dry ice chips give this sinister sip its signature vaporous effect while bourbon lends a smoky flavor. Serve in shot glasses — but allow dry ice to completely dissolve before drinking. Get the recipe.
Poison Apple Cocktail
This vibrant green concoction has just the right amount of sweet and sour to please any wicked (or not-so-wicked) witch. A splash of bubbly gives it 'magic potion' appeal. Get the recipe.
Almond Joy Martini
Miss trick-or-treating days? This adults-only drink made from chocolate vodka, hazelnut liqueur and coconut rum tastes like an Almond Joy candy bar, but will give you more than just a sugar rush. Get the recipe.
Blood Sucker Cocktail
To create this vampire-friendly cocktail, shake up triple sec, vodka and pineapple juice, then strain and pour into a glass. Drip strawberry or raspberry puree along the sides of the glass to add streams of 'blood.' Get the recipe.
Liquefied Ghost Cocktail
Your Halloween guests will die for a sip of this ghostly white cocktail that tastes like a grown-up milkshake. Mix vanilla simple syrup, cream, vodka and soda, then serve in a martini glass. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin Spice Punch
Pull out your cauldron to scare up a batch of this party-perfect punch. Pineapple and cranberry juice give this drink its harvest-moon hue while a shot of Malibu rum lends a Caribbean kick. Get the recipe.
Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream — but a liberal shot of bourbon ensures this fall-flavored milkshake is an adults-only treat. Or, skip the booze and blend up a batch of non-alcoholic shakes for your favorite trick-or-treaters. Get the recipe.
Like zombies themselves, this cocktail packs a powerful punch thanks to apricot brandy and three types of rum: light, dark and high-proof Bacardi 151. Grenadine and orange juice give the drink its lovely pumpkin hue. A few of these and you may indeed feel like the walking dead the next day. Get the recipe.
Bloody Brain Shooter
Channel your inner mad scientist to create this creepy-looking shooter. Add chilled vodka and lime juice to a shot glass, then use a straw to drip Irish cream on top. The acidic lime juice will cause the cream to curdle, creating realistic blobs of 'brain.' Get the recipe.
The Brain Cocktail
For a simpler, fruitier take on the Bloody Brain Shooter, pour peach schnapps into a glass and top with Irish cream for a blood-curdling presentation. For extra gore, top with a dash of blood-red grenadine. Get the recipe.
This dessert-worthy combination of vanilla ice cream, triple sec and white crème de cacao is deliciously disgusting, thanks to drizzles of blood-red grenadine down the sides of the glass. Get the recipe.
Nonalcoholic Cemetery Punch
Kids will flip for this gross-looking punch. Since little ghouls and goblins will likely be pumped up on sugar from trick-or-treat bags, diet root beer and frozen yogurt won't add to the impact. Get the recipe.