In my head, I’m the kind of person who wears little black dresses and sips cocktails. Sophisticated, classy, fun. And occasionally I’d nibble on quail eggs and caviar. But in real life, I’m much more the craft beer and flannel shirt kind of person. Relaxed, happy, elastic pants. And routinely I camp out next to the crock pot of meatballs. But I have dreams about my sophisticated alter-ego self. Sometimes, I set out cocktail stuff just in case she decides to make an appearance. It hasn’t worked yet, but I figure maybe in a few years I’ll have fewer spit-up stains on my flannel shirts and I might have better luck.
In case you are one of those classy people, here are a few happy spooky cocktails (which I actually have tried and actually are delicious) for your sipping self. And I can’t promise caviar, but the meatballs are delicious. Our neighborhood is only one street of a handful of houses, which results in trick or treating being more of a block party where all the adults stand in the middle of the street and let the kids make a lap. So this year, we thought we’d add some adult festivity to that party and have a little “pick your poison” station all weekend for parent recovery after the sugared up children are in bed. And there’s a happy spooky playlist! So you’re 85% set up for trick-or-treating success. Actually, probably more than that because tonight your children will bring home buckets of candy. Mine already knows that all the Hershey bars belong to Mama. I’ve been conditioning him for years now to only like tootsie rolls and candy corn so the good stuff is left for me.
the happy spooky playlist:
the addams family | vic mizzy
monster | imagine dragons
demons | imagine dragons
sugar, sugar | the archies
grim, grinning ghosts | ghosts
purple people eater | sheb wooley
monster mash | bobby “boris” pickett
scary monsters | david bowie
spooky | atlanta rhythm section
witchy woman | eagles
witch doctor | david seville
in the midnight hour | wilson pickett
howlin’ for you | the black keys
ghostbusters | ray parker, jr.
superstition | stevie wonder
thriler | michael jackson
bad moon rising | creedence clearwater revival
abracadabra | steve miller band
i’m your boogie man | kc and the sunshine band
black magic woman | santana
witchcraft | frank sinatra
i put a spell on you | screamin’ jay hawkins
love potion, no. 9 | the searchers
For the menus, I printed them out on watercolor paper and hand-painted them but I’ve given you some digital options in case you’re not the sort of person who likes to break out the watercolors in your party dress 14 minutes before guests arrive. Feel free to print them out!
spooky delicious beers:
nightmare on brett | crooked stave
krieky bones | firestone walker
gypsy tart | the bruery
quality of life | sante adarius rustic ales
resonare | wicked weed
xibabla | wicked weed
temptation | russian river
supplication | russian river
consecration | russian river
night owl pumpkin ale | elysian
lil’ devil | alesmith
(the beers are based on what we had in our cellar. I’d love to hear some other suggestions!)
- 1 cup ice
- 1 ounce black vodka
- 2 ounces cherry juice
- Fresh raspberries and blueberries, for garnish
- Combine ice, vodka, and cherry juice in a cocktail shaker; shake vigorously.
- Pour into a martini glass.
- Thread raspberries and blueberries onto a cocktail skewer, and place in drink.
- Serve immediately.
- 2 ounces apple cider
- 1 ounce pomegranate juice
- 2 ounces tequila
- Several chips of dry ice
- Combine ingredients with ice in a martini shaker.
- Shake to mix and strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Add dry ice to the glasses just before serving.
- 1 oz apple flavoured vodka, chilled
- 1 tsp grenadine
- Purple Viniq or Homemade Viniq or Flavored Shimmery Liqueur to top up, chilled
- Powdered dry ice (optional)
- Add about ½ - 1 tsp of powdered dry ice to the bottom of the glass (optional). Pour the flavoured vodka and Viniq to fill the martini glass (do not fill to the brim). Pour 1 tsp of grenadine syrup about one inch from the surface of the drink - the grenadine should sink to the bottom, creating a "bleeding" effect.
- Add about ½ tsp of powdered dry ice on top and serve with a stirrer - so your guests can stir the "potion" to create that shimmery, smoky effect.
have a happy spooky day!