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Mad Martinis, Tricked-Out Toddies, Sinister Spirits

You don’t have to sacrifice your hand-crafted cocktail fetish for a killer Halloween-themed party. The 7 recipes below use boo-tique spirits (sorry, we had to), fresh seasonal ingredients and professional slights of hand.

Check out our roundup of chic Halloween drinks, low on processed, pre-made ingredients and high on flavor and chic factor.

1. The Intoxicologist: Just when you think the caipirinha can’t be improved, Cheri Loughlin spikes hers with ginger liqueur and fresh pumpkin purée.

Pumpkin Caipirinha

  • 1 1/2 ounces Leblon Cachaça
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 ounce agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 ounces pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 ounce Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • Nutmeg
  • Pumpkin flesh
  • Lime wheel
  1. Muddle quartered lime and agave nectar in cocktail shaker.
  2. Add remaining liquids and ice.
  3. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with grated nutmeg, pumpkin flesh twist and lime wheel.

This is exactly the incentive we needed to hit the pumpkin patch. Photo: The Intoxicologist

2. Rowley’s Whiskey Forge: Suddenly, we realize what was missing from our childhood hayrides.

Chartreuse Hot Chocolate

Matthew Rowley’s twist on grown-up hot cocoa. He reco’s breathing it in once you pour. No argument here.

  • 8 to 12 ounces good quality hot chocolate
  • 1 ounce Green Chartreuse
  1. Warm a mug with hot water.
  2. Toss the water and pour the hot chocolate into the warmed mug.
  3. Add Green Chartreuse and stir. Breathe deeply as you drink. Let the aroma get into your lungs. Not the drink, of course. Chartreuse is fantastic, but there’s no call to drown in the stuff.

3. Tales of the Cocktail crew: This feels healthy in a very sinister way.

The Bloody-tini

This version garnishes with a lime wedge, but we say go all “outta season” and nab a blood orange.

  • 2 ounces Veev AçaíSpirit
  • 1 ounce açaí juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  1. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with fresh champagne and garnish with lime wedge. Delish!

4. What to Drink: Honestly, why do we have to wait for a holiday to have bloody eyeballs in our cocktail glass?

The Bloody Eyeball Martini

What to Drink’s version calls for a traditional ratio of gin to vermouth (read: vermouth-heavy). Our only tweak would be to either mist the vermouth or lose it altogether, and shoot for a boutique gin. Oh yeah, and you could nix the shake and go for the stir instead.

  • 2 ounces gin (we like Old Raj for the extra kick in the esophagus)
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 bloody eyeball olive
  1. Place gin and vermouth in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain into a martini glass and garnish with an eyeball.

Bloody Eyeball

What to Drink recommends making these a day ahead to give them a bloodier eyeball look.

  • 1 fresh radish
  • 1 pimento-stuffed green olive
  1. Peel radishes leaving thin streaks of red skin to give them a blood vessel look.
  2. Scoop out a small hole in each radish, roughly the size of an olive, using the tip of the vegetable peeler or a small knife, carefully.
  3. Stuff a green olive, pimiento side out, in each hole.
  4. Place 1 radish eyeball in each section of an empty ice cube tray. Pare the radishes down a bit to fit, if necessary. Fill the tray with water and freeze overnight.

Treat this like you would any other martini — extra eyeballs, please, and easy on the vermouth. Photo:

5. Fusion Living: Try using Garrett Kyker’s recipe as a basis for subbing in other Halloween bag treasures, like gummy worms and marshmallow Peeps.

Candy Corn Martini

Chicago Chef Garrett Kyker’s grown-up way to partake of candy corn.

  • 1 1/2 ounces kettle corn-infused Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • 1/2 ounce Moscato wine (sweet dessert wine)
  • 3/4 ounce citrus grenadine syrup
  • 3 candy corns for garnish
  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake very well.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with candy corns.

Add to the smoke-and-mirrors effect by creating a liqueured-up foam. Photo: FusionLiving

6. Girly Drinks. Anything with enough tequila is bound to have you seeing things. This drink is no exception.

The El Tosoro Tequila Ghost

Girly Drinks’ recipe proves that diverting off the tequila shots and into the cocktails isn’t so scary after all.

  • 2 ounces El Tesoro Reposado Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce anise
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Splash club soda
  1. Mix the El Tesoro Reposado Tequila, anise and lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well. Strain into a spooky cocktail glass over ice.
  3. Top with a splash of club soda and watching out of things that go bump in the night.