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Celebrate Halloween with These Killer Cocktails!

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Halloween is just around the corner, folks. Whether you’re going to a killer shindig or just need something to spice up your movie marathon here are seven cocktails inspired by seven great horror flicks! Enjoy (if you are of legal age, of course).

Zinfandel Grape, Rosemary + Gin Crush

From Bojon Gourmet is a refrshing cocktail inspired by Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup Zinfandel grapes (or other purple-skinned grapes)
  • 1 loosely packed tablespoon rosemary needles
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (I use organic blonde cane sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed, strained lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin (such as my favorite, St. George Terroir), preferably chilled (3 tablespoons)
  • ice
  • sparkling water

In a jar or cocktail shaker, combine the grapes, rosemary, and sugar. Use a muddling stick to mash the grapes to a pulp; the more you mash, the more color you’ll extract from the skins and the more flavor will come out of the rosemary. Work in the lemon juice, then the gin.

Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on the solids to extract all the good stuff. Stir with ice, then strain into a glass filled with ice, and top off with a splash of sparkling water (more or less according to your taste). (Alternatively, shake the drink vigorously with ice and strain into chilled glasses for a stronger drink.)

Leatherface’s Slaughterhouse Shooter

From Mashable is a drink that’s strong enough to make you forget those chainsaw noises in the distance.

What you need:

  • 1 1/4 oz vodka
  • 1/8 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • A splash of grenadine

Combine the vodka and lime juice in a glass. Using a spoon, slowly pour the Bailey’s over the vodka until you have created a layer floating on top of the vodka and lime juice. Using a straw, splash the grenadine into the glass.

The Devil’s Dagger

Inspired by the classic Omen, here’s a frightening drink inspired by the movie’s stabbing scene from People.

What you’ll need:

  • 1½ oz. SVEDKA Cherry Vodka
  • ¾ oz. cherry brandy
  • ½ oz. Benedictine
  • ½ oz. grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • Soda water
  • Ice spear

Pour everything (excpet the soda water) into a shaker filled with ice. Shake gently and strain into a chilled highball glass. Add a spear of ice. Top with soda water and garnish with fresh cherries.

Shake gently and strain into a chilled highball glass. Add a spear of ice. Top with soda water and garnish with fresh cherries.

Bride of Frankenstein

Pineapples and Coconut has made a drink inspired by the bride of darkness herself. So very Halloween.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 Tbsp seedless blackberry jam
  • 2 tsp vanilla syrup
  • 2/3 c good quality vodka
  • Champagne, Sparkling wine or Prosecco
  • Fresh blackberries on a toothpick for garnish

In a cocktail shaker stir together the jam and vanilla syrup until well mixed. Add ice and then the vodka and shake well. Strain the mixture evenly in two champagne flutes. Top with prosecco. Garnish with blackberries and serve immediately.

Haddonfield Milk Punch

Before running for your life from a certain masked villian be sure to enjoy this drink via Mashable!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 oz Brandy
  • 1 cup of Whole Milk
  • 1 teaspoon of Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Crushed Ice
  • Splash of Grenadine
  • Honey
  • Food Coloring
  • Candy Knives

Pour all ingredients except for Grenadine into cocktail shaker. Shake and set aside. Pour small amount of grenadine into bottom of empty tumbler, and pour milk punch mixture on top. Combine honey and food coloring to create fake edible blood, and use the mixture to attach a candy knife to the rim of the glass.

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Written by Fallon Gannon
A bona fide earthling who finds some comfort in books, movies and coffee. Lots of coffee. Has several bad tattoos and her knowledge of horror movies is probably better than yours but she won't hold it against you; it's proof that she has way too much free time. Currently in limbo but manages to occasionally crawl out of it long enough to write for Geek Girl Authority and Wicked Horror.
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