August 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm , by Amanda Wolfe
To throw a grown-up Halloween cocktail party, ditch the kiddie games—but by all means keep the candy!—and whip up some creepy cocktails. Our favorite is the crowd-pleasing (and easy make-ahead) Wizard’s Blood, a classic spiced cider with red wine. (You could also add 1.5 cups of spiced rum instead of the wine, if you prefer.)
6 cups apple cider
4 cups red wine
3 cups cranberry juice cocktail
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
6 whole cloves
Sliced Lady apple, for garnish
Cinnamon sticks for garnish
1. In a large pot, combine cider, wine, cranberry juice, ground cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, 25 to 30 minutes.
2. Pour into mugs and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks, if desired. Serve hot. Makes 8 cups.
Looking for some more variety? Here are our favorite Halloween cocktail recipes from around the web:
Satan’s Whiskers - A classic drink with a festive twist, this recipe has gin and vermouth plus OJ and orange peels for flare.
Vampire’s Blood – It’s red (of course) but the homemade hibiscus syrup in this tequila cocktail is much tastier (and a lot more chic) than food coloring.
Candy Corn Cocktail – There are tons of fun, creative cocktails in this roundup from Hostess With The Mostess but the layered candy corn version looks surprisingly good. (Although who could resist some Pina Gouladas?)
Eyeball Highball - Looking for a little more of the gross-out-factor? The Eyeball Highball delivers. It’s easy too: A classic martini with “eyeballs” instead of plain old olives.
Devil’s Handshake – It’s fruity enough to appeal to most (especially those of us who can’t quite do a straight-up martini) but the ginger puree adds some grown-up spiciness.
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