Halloween comes but once a year, so when it does we do it in style. That’s right: We’re talking about award-worthy costumes, king-size candy bars, and pumpkins carved with the skills of Edward Scissorhands.
But of course, none of that is any fun if you’re sitting on the couch alone in your costume, getting sick on the aforementioned candy. This year, it’s time to step up your game by throwing a Halloween party to end all parties. Bust out the decorations, hit play on the spooky music, and whip up a batch of punch to get the energy going.
In honor of the occasion, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite boozy creations to serve on Halloween. These big-batch recipes are easy to make ahead of time so you’re not shaking drinks all night long. They’re also guaranteed to wow your guests with festive ingredients like black vodka, spiced pumpkin, and, yes, fake eyeballs.
Vodka has never looked so sinister as it does in the Black Widow, a tart yet potent sip that’s far less evil than it looks. Channel your dark side with an easy three-ingredient recipe that uses nothing than more than equal parts black vodka (we suggest Blavod), cranberry juice, and lemonade. While the original recipe is only enough to make one drink, you can easily multiply the ingredients depending on your needs. Give the drinks an extra witchy feel by sprinkling each with a pinch of edible white pearl dust. See recipe
Bloody Rum Punch
A take on traditional sangria, the Bloody Rum Punch is the perfect dark red to lend an eerie environment on Halloween. Made with light rum, red wine, and triple sec, this recipe is certainly not for the faint of heart (or the faint of liver). Amp up your presentation by decorating the punch bowl with cobwebs or floating fake spiders in the mixture. See recipe
Salted Caramel Apple Cider Punch (makes about 20-30 servings)
An irresistible blend of fresh apple cider with sweet-and-salty caramel vodka, this punch combines two of fall’s most beloved flavors. If you really want to make an impression, try serving the cocktails in hollowed-out green apples. Can’t find salted caramel vodka? Use regular vodka and top with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a dash or two of sea salt. See recipe
Cherry Eyeball Punch
Really creep out your guests by whipping up this Cherry Eyeball Punch, a refreshing blend of vodka, cherry, orange, and club soda. The recipe gets its spook factor thanks to the addition of fake eyeballs made of white, squishy lychees stuffed with gooey blackberries. See recipe
Spiced Pumpkin Punch
This sweet and savory punch brings a double whammy of festive flavor with spiced rum and pumpkin puree. Pair those two with cinnamon, cloves, and fresh citrus, and you’ve got fall in a glass. We recommend serving the orange-colored mixture out of a carved-out pumpkin, and upping the atmosphere with dry ice. Simply place a bowl with dry ice in the bottom of the pumpkin or punch bowl and top with another bowl to hold your punch. See recipe
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